Corazon by Yesika Salgado Review

CorazónCorazón by Yesika Salgado
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Corazon means heart in Spanish. I feel like this is a fitting title for this book. Not just because a majority of its content is about romance, but because of the heart this book has. What I mean by that is that it feels like this book is a living thing. I finished reading this in the early morning hours. It is the afternoon and I can’t get this book off my mind. It’s become apart of me I feel like.

I feel the author’s pain. I share it. I grieve with her. I feel protective of her like she’s my best friend. I feel angry at the way she’s been treated. I once said to someone or perhaps to myself: why I am allowing him to treat me like this? If someone had treated you [my best friend] like that I would be livid. It reminds me of a clip I saw of Laverne Cox saying something similar to Mindy Kaling. We are so hard on ourselves but will fight for others especially our friends.

I feel like I am ready to fight again. Fight for myself. Fight for love. Fight for truth and justice. Fight for family. It’s a good feeling.

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Two Poetry Reviews

The Dead and the LivingThe Dead and the Living by Sharon Olds

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was my first of Sharon Olds. I picked it because I read an article where she was listed among the great modern confessional poets. I’ve recently found myself influenced by Plath and I wanted to learn more about the genre she helped make famous. These poems are intensely personal and a lot of them seem to center around the father figure. All in all I thought this was a good collection and it definitely gives me an idea of her work. I checked this out from the library but I think that when I cane I will add some of her work to my personal collection.

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What the Living Do: PoemsWhat the Living Do: Poems by Marie Howe

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Second book of modern confessional poems. I liked these much better than Sharon Olds. I can’t explain exactly why but it spoke more to me. I’m not even sure what I mean by that but I feel more satisfied after reading these than I did Ms. Olds yesterday.

I’m definitely looking into more of Ms. Lowe’s poems.

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I came across these authors on a HupPages article about confessional poets. I have lately found my own poems been influenced by the confessional style especially Plath’s work. Her Daddy poem really resonated with me.

I like Marie Howe’s book better though the content was similar but sort of not. Both women have distinctive voices but I responded more to Howe’s book.