Review of Magic with Skin On by Morgan Nikola-Wren

Magic with Skin On by Morgan Nikola-Wren

Review: I don’t think there is a poetry book quite like “Magic With Skin On“. This book made me so uncomfortable at times that I could barely keep going, while at the same time I could not put the book down. I mean I really  enjoyed the poems but the short story at the start of each of each act, just drew me in. I felt compelled to find out what happened to the girl and if she found her words. Although, I was uncomfortable reading some of Nikola-Wren’s poetry, and was a little grossed out by a small part of the story.  I  understand that real poetry (realistic poetry) is supposed to make you uncomfortable because  that means its real-that it touches on those topics that happens but never really talked about.

Favorite Quote:


i think i spent

so long telling myself

that love was madness

because i was so scared

of leaving your

straitjacket embrace


that’s what you call





your kiss

was a punch to my plans

now, I spit love songs

like broken teeth




you were

the most beautiful lie

i ever pinned

to my lips


I am here. I exist. And I don’t need your love to be beautiful, but heaven, how I want it.

Would I? Reread? I think so. Recommend to others? Yes.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

Edition: Paperback, First, 144 pages.

Poetry. Fantasy.

Published February 2017 by Luminarium Press.

SummaryIn her much-anticipated debut poetry collection, Morgan Nikola-Wren has woven her signature romantic grit through a stunning, modern-day fairy tale. Chronicling the relationship between a lonely artist and her absent–albeit abusive–muse, Magic with Skin On will gently break you, then put you back together again.

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