Wild Embers: Poems of rebellion, fire and beauty by Nikita Gill
Review: I have been looking forward to reading this book for so long! I just fell in love with Nikita Gill’s words and emotions that she is able to convey in Wild Embers. I think it was beautiful to connect the book and her poetry in it to space and time (in away).
There were these other two elements in her writing-rewriting fairy tales (Cinderella, Red ridding hood, Snow White, Ariel, Belle, Aurora, Alice) and myths (Helen, Aphrodite, Artemis, Athena, Persephone, Hera). I’ve read many re-telling’s of most of these, but I think Gill has been the first to re-imagine into something so completely new. Recently she just published another new book about fairy tales, so I know what I’ll be reading.
On the days my sickness talks to me,
I remember small magic.
I remember the way the pretty ivy
outside my window entwines
with white wood.
I remember the way the rain
softly taps against my window
to help me fall asleep.
I remember the way the universe
loved me so much, that inside of my body’s cell,
it placed little universes that are its mirror image.
I remember the way I am loved
by the few people
I know will never leave.
And I allow the small magic
to sing so loud and so happy in my ears
that my sickness forgets how to speak.
Would I? Reread? Yes! Recommend to others? Heck yeah.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Edition: Paperback, 160 pages.
Poetry. Feminism. Nonfiction.
Published November 14th 2016 by Hachette Books.
“You cannot burn away
What has always been aflame”
Wild Embers explores the fire that lies within every soul, weaving words around ideas of feeling at home in your own skin, allowing yourself to heal, and learning to embrace your uniqueness with love from the universe.
Featuring rewritten fairytale heroines, goddess wisdom, and poetry that burns with revolution, this collection is an explosion of femininity, empowerment, and personal growth.
-Summary from GoodReads.com