Review of Wild Embers: Poems of rebellion, fire and beauty by Nikita Gill

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.


Favorite Quote:

Small Magic

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.

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