Hey loves, Jess here. Today I am doing a review of a wonderful poetry collection that was sent to me fairly recently. It is Kara Petrovic’s “forget-me-not.”
Let’s start with the synopsis:
Kara Petrovic reflects on a single relationship in their life and invites the reader to follow along their journey: from falling at first sight, to seeing this person’s true colours reveal themselves before their very eyes. Petrovic paints the picture of pain and betrayal that comes with realizing one is being abused, or in a toxic relationship, and likewise the desperation we feel while we hold onto vehement denial.
Initial thoughts- First off, forget me not flowers are my absolute favorite, so I was intrigued from the cover and title alone. When the author reached out to me, I was excited to read it.
The poems- This was a collection filled with emotion- that much is true of almost all collections, but it is also the most vital part. If you can feel the emotions that the poet is feeling, you will be able to connect with the poems, even if you can’t personally relate.
The collection details the events and experiences that took place during the course of a romantic relationship, and I found that to be very unique. Many collections I’ve read do focus on love as a theme but do not tell a story the same way this one does. I really enjoyed the way the poems were organized, it worked very well.
In addition, the writing itself was beautiful. You can tell that a lot of thought went into each word, each line, and of course, each poem as a whole.
It also tackles some very important topics such as abuse, toxicity, and internalized homophobia, so I want to add those trigger warnings here.
However, I do wish it were a bit longer. I love a quick-to-read book, but this felt more like a chapbook than a full collection. It’s under 70 pages, and many of the poems go onto a second page but only with a couple lines, so there is a lot less than 70 poems in it.
Also, I only tabbed a few poems that I absolutely loved, and for a collection this short, I would have liked to love a few more than I did.
It was still a great read, and my overall rating is a
That is all for this review- If you enjoyed it, definitely let me know by leaving a comment! Also, recommend me some poetry collections down below as well :)
See you soon!