I Danced with Sorrow
Author: Alicia Wright
Reading Level: Young Adult
Possible Triggers: Abuse // Body negativity // Death // Low self-esteem // Poor mental health // Sexual imagery
Release Date: September 17th, 2017
Publisher: Independently Published
This book features abuse, death, low self-esteem, body negativity, sexual imagery & poor mental health. Please read carefully if you know any of this to be a trigger for you. Take care of yourself firsthand.
I Danced with Sorrow is a collection of short verse poetry detailing the journey of one girl as she struggles to come to terms with what she has endured. It is split into five sections. Each is centered on a different aspect of her life, tackling various topics such as heartbreak, abuse, and finding liberation through creativity. Some of the main themes included are love, life, death, hope, loss, and the rebuilding of self.
I Danced with Sorrow encourages the reader to explore the darker aspects of life, and reminds them that even after the chaos, there is still light.
I’m not going to lie, I’ve never been a huge fan of poetry. Well, to be fair, I never really gave it a chance. But when I saw that Alicia was looking for people to read her book I thought “I might as well give it a chance, the worst that can happen is that I don’t finish the book.”
What happened was that I was completely blown away. I found that the writing was really beautiful & some of it really resonated with me. Towards the end, there was a section that said that this book was meant to inspire & help the reader & I can honestly say that it did just that for me. If you are a first timer like me, you’ll most likely have a difficult time grasping some parts (at least I did) but I think that’s just… part of it, so to say.
As Alicia herself wrote (I copied it into the beginning of this review), there are some content warnings with this poetry collection. I did hesitate a bit before reading after seeing that one of the content warnings was something that is a trigger for me. Yes, that led me to be a bit cautious while reading but from my point of view, I only got a bit uneasy with a few parts & nothing more. I realise that I can’t speak for everyone, just my own experience, so be careful & take care of yourself.
To sum it all up, for being the first ever poetry collection I’ve read, I did pick a good one.