Review: Where I Ache
Title: Where I Ache
Author: Megan O’Keefe
Illustrator: Kevin Farey
Published: 10 June 2019
Memorable Quote: “I know what I should be doing
and that makes it even worse that I’m not.
Everyone around me wants to help
but I’m the one who has to put in the work.
It feels like a battle that can’t be won.
The frustration wears me down every time
not even sure if the view will be worth the climb.
I feel like peace and happiness are never meant to be mine”.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Synopsis: Where I Ache is a collection of poems that focus on difficult themes such as depression, death, vulnerability, and personal power. Illustrations accompany many of the poems as well, adding to the various themes.
Review: **I was provided a digital copy by the author in exchange for an honest review**
I’m always fascinated by the ways poetry changes throughout the years, and something I love about today’s poetry is just how straight-forward and powerful it is. Megan O’Keefe’s poetry is powerful, beautiful, and full of emotion. Her writing continues to elevate this generation of poetry.
With six unique sections and a variety of poems, Where I Ache is able to immediate grasp the reader’s attention, and hold it for the duration of the book. Despite being someone who struggles to remain focused with poetry, I found myself unable to stop reading O’Keefe’s writing, and even found myself re-reading certain poems – something that almost never happens.
I found myself especially drawn to the shorter poems, as I felt they held more depth and meaning with fewer words. The long poems were still beautiful and well-written with great care and heart, but the shorter ones were what I found myself drawn to while reading the book.
No matter how someone is feeling, they can find something to relate to in Where I Ache. I actually found myself on the brink of tears while reading a few of the poems, which is something that rarely happens to me. O’Keefe’s writing has a way of digging itself into your heart and making you aware of the feelings and thoughts that you had managed to bury and trick yourself into forgetting. Yet despite feeling like I had re-opened some forgotten wounds, I felt much less alone after reading the poems. I think I was so emotional because it felt like someone finally understood my own thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
While not all the poems hit home for me, they certainly will connect deeply with someone else. The writing is simplistic, yet wonderful, and there is definitely something in this collection of poetry for everyone.
I know you try to fade into the background.
Try to keep the sea of people around you
From detecting any ripples in the water
I know you don’t like hearing
how special you are to me.
But you are so special.
You put so much good light
into the world around you.
There is no one else like you
and I am so lucky to have you in my life.