LET ME JUST SAY THIS NOW because I have to say something. Because I want you to wonder something. I want you to wonder if you’d be better off with me than her, even if it’s just a fleeting thought, a blink of an eye.
Jen has always, in my opinion, had a titillating way of wording things. She still does. She came out of the gate running, and her words connect with you in a way that causes you to pause, consider, and open yourself up.
Yes, I have been here. Or, yes, I understand this feeling.
There were so many snippets and pieces of her prose that I highlighted because she would say what I’m thinking or feeling or have been through. She understands, and she’s realistic and raw about it.
I should’ve told you about the flood.
How he was water & I could never escape.
How I never tried to escape.</h5>
I’m really torn with how to rate this. There were some pieces that I loved and reread. Then there were others that I just could not get into – this may just be me though since I’ve been in a poetry funk. But with all my highlights and how this is another short collection, I think it’s obvious. Add into it that her writing style is strong and completely her own. You read a JRR poem, and you know it’s her.
Let’s just admit that maybe we need each other & that maybe just friends isn’t always such a bad place to land.
Rating: 4 stars
It’s going to hit you below the belt.
You’re going to reach for the closest stand-in lover you can find
& you’re going to make a home in their body
& you’re going to pretend your childhood memories are hung in his chest
& you skinned your knee tripping over the curve of his arm
& you have always been here.