Release Date: May Nineteenth 2017
Average Rating: 4.8/5🌟
Afterlife is a collection of poetry about catharsis, self-love, and self-revolution. Afterlife is a journey from the darkness to the light again, and again, and again.
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Melissa Jennings lives with their cat, Dora, in the sometimes sunny but always vibrant city of Glasgow, in Scotland. Melissa is currently studying towards an MA in English Literature at the University of Glasgow. They are an avid reader and a writer of many genres – poetry is just the first step. Please use they/their/them in reference to the author in a review and/or comment.
My Thoughts and Review
Forever grateful for Twitter first introducing me to Melissa Jennings. I followed the book reviews on their excellent blog, and had, until now, only read snippets of their writing.
Perhaps because I also read Dear Judas, the first of The Dead Letters series, by Melissa that I felt initially disappointed by Afterlife. Dear Judas is free flowing, whereas Afterlife has shorter poems. They are completely different animals though.
Melissa obviously takes great care of their craft, and technically their writing is superb. It’s dark, and visceral that gives the reader great imagery found in the elements, and on the themes of depression, relationships, the self. etc.
The concepts in the longer poems, which are so layered, explore its themes through questions. Judas, and Underworld, are referred to, and these make a reappearance in Melissa’s future works. This makes this feel organic, as if Melissa is flourishing from their writing, inspiring themselves.
I think one of the best things about poetry is when poets write exactly how we feel, putting their pain into words that resonate with ourselves, and you have that that’s it, exactly feeling. Melissa achieves this so well.
Afterlife is a delicious, full bodied, collection of poetry I keep returning to, turning over the pages, and I’m sure anybody, a fan of poetry or not, will overlook the genre, and find something in this collection to treasure.