A rally cry for the healing power of wonder and the disarming catharsis of grief, The Garage? Just Torch It. balances themes of belonging, love, politics, illness, family and forgiveness with stunning imagery and an intense playfulness. Paced as if the reader is moving through the belly of a burning building, each turn of the page represents the uncovering of the long-hidden, buried, and the better-left-forgotten.
Publisher: Vine Leaves Press
Publication date: December 12th 2016
I don’t read much poetry as a rule but when I do I’m a bit of a traditionalist in that I like to see the poem rhyme and have rhythm. I have read free-hand poetry before (as well as written it) but it needs to still flow in order to make sense of what’s being said. Debelis’s collection of ‘poems’ unfortunately missed the mark for me as they read more like pieces of prose rather than poetry. I didn’t like or understand this book which disappointed me. I was really wanting to challenge myself with something new – which I suppose I did in a way – but it’s one thing to be challenged and a totally different thing to be frustrated because you can’t understand what the piece of writing is trying to convey. Would I go and read some more of Debelis’s work?, if it wasn’t poetry probably but this book just wasn’t my cup of tea.
I was supplied with a hard copy of this book for review purposes.
Recommend for: Adults