Review: Nineteen by Makenzie Campbell

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Expected publication: March 3rd 2020

By the author of the wildly successful 2am Thoughts, comes Nineteen — titled after the poet’s age when she wrote this new book. Nineteen is a collection of poetry that broaches heartbreak, love, loss, war,
peace, and healing.

For every place we go, there is a feeling or memory that’s been painted on the walls. You can paint over it, but it will always be there. Even if you can’t
see it, you know.

You can feel the heartbreak inside the bedroom where you lost a love.

You can feel the hope at the coffee shop where a beginning happened.

You can feel the healing as you sit in the driver’s seat, in charge of your own life. 

I’ve been reading quite a bit of poetry lately and even though I did enjoy Nineteen, it didn’t provoke much emotion from me. I thought the poems were really good for the most part but they seemed more like slam poetry and it didn’t translate to the page and to me like they probably would have it they were read aloud, slam poetry style.
Overall, I appreciate the personal story told within Nineteen and enjoyed most of the poems, however, I think they would translate verbally much better than on paper.


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