Title: Chatterbox
Author
: Sandy Day
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: January 18th 2018
Pages: 132
Genre(s): Poetry
Source: Author
Purchase: The Book Depository

Chatterbox is a collection of one hundred and ten poems, tiny tellings written during a year of marriage disintegration. The poems explore a world of bewildering emotions ranging from sadness and terror to anger and enlightenment. The reader enters a world conjured from fairytales and dolls, the Garden of Eden, and the Wizard of Oz; the pages abound with moths and mice, dogs and horses, roosters and crows, oranges and apples, the moon and the sun.

A creative force, exploding after decades of silence, inspires the Chatterbox poems. The poet struggles to attend to a Muse that wakes her each morning, urging her to capture a spirit igniting inside her. The poet observes her own life as it falls apart and fragments then miraculously turns her outward toward others.

Whose heart hasn’t cracked open and broken? Do any of us withstand the pain and transcend to the other side? Can we leave betrayal and abandonment behind without bitterness and resentment? Can we move on and find our true soaring spirits? Chatterbox answers these questions with a resounding, yes!

The author provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Over the past year I’ve actively been trying to read more poetry, so I was glad to receive this poetry collection. It’s a beautifully written and honest collection that is definitely worth checking out.

Chatterbox is a poetry collection consisting of one hundred and ten poems divided into four sections, written during the falling apart of a marriage. The main thing I noticed is how many emotions are portrayed through the poems. There’s a rise to absolute happiness and a drop to deep pain. There’s love, fear, sadness, passion, hope and more. The author has a way of using words that really makes you feel the emotions.

Moreover, I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s style. Nature plays a prominent role in the poems. Mention is made of trees, mountain, the moon and the tide. In addition, there is an extensive use of metaphors and comparisons. Fairytales like Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel play a part, as well as the classic tale of the Garden of Eden.

Together, the poems fit together to tell a story. Though it is a brutally honest and seems painful at times, the story ends on a positive, hopeful note. If you’re a fan of adult-themed poetry, I’d definitely recommend reading Chatterbox.

Chatterbox

7.8

Writing style

8.2/10

Structure/form

8.0/10

Meaning

8.0/10

Visualisation

7.0/10

Pros

  • Full of emotion
  • Nice style
  • Imagery and metaphors