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.
i think i spent
so long telling myself
that love was madness
because i was so scared
of leaving your
that’s what you call
was a punch to my plans
now, I spit love songs
like broken teeth
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.
Published February 2017 by Luminarium Press.
Summary: In 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.
-Summary from GoodReads.com