Title: What We Buried
Author: Caitlyn Siehl
Published: 2014
Language: English
Pages: 64
Rating: 5/5

This is a poetry collection about love, sadness, life and the things we try to bury.

This was an absolutely brilliant poetry collection.

This book is filled with hope, longing, passion and anger, and you can almost feel it seething out of the pages as you read. The poetry is beautifully written, moving and well curated - there's not a single poem in here that is somehow less than the others and they all sort of flow together wonderfully. It's brave and somehow gentle at the same time.

One of my favorites from this collection is called "It Is Not Your Job":

When your little girl asks you if she's pretty,
your heart will drop like a wineglass on the hardwood floor.
Part of you will want to say
"Of course you are, don't ever question it,"
and the other part, the part that is clawing at you,
will want to grab her by the shoulders
look straight into the wells of her eyes and say
"You do not have to be if you don't want to. It is not your job."
Both will feel right.
One will be better.
She will only understand the first.
When she wants to cut her hair off
or wear her brother's clothes,
you will feel the words in your mouth like marbles.
"You do not have to be pretty if you don't want to.
It is not your job."
p. 38

This collection is definitely up among the best ones I've read and it's quickly made it into my favorites list. I would highly, highly recommend it.
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  1. This book is going straight on my TBR after this amazing review! :)


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