The Smallest of Bones - Holly Lyn Walrath
Release Date: Expected 26th September 2021
Publisher: CLASH Books
The Smallest of Bones is unique collection of small poems with a chilling and somewhat ethereal undertone throughout. Covering topics such a love, relationships, and heartbreak in such a shattering tone, then jumping into the subjects of sexuality, queerness, gender and identity and of course death, ghosts and bones.
"If you strip me down to my bones, am i yours?"
This collection was intimate peek into the thoughts and soul of somebody on a journey of painful self acceptance and reflection. In a dark, constantly moving style that isn't for everyone - it isn't written in perfect stanzas and is in that beautifully disjointed modern style that feels more like a trailing, confusing thought than a standard poem but so much more visually enchanting. Jumping between hauntingly beautiful and viscerally crude and raw, this was difficult and dark at times - especially if you're sensitive to repetitive references to blood and bones.
While these poems may be shadowy, this honestly powerful collection offers a brief glimmer of light in the darkness for anyone who is trying to learn about who they are down to the smallest of bones.
Thank you to Holly Lyn Walrath, Clash Books and Netgalley for this ARC in return for an honest review.