I read two more books of spoken word/slam poetry and I’m still really interested in this form of writing. I certainly think that each poem is infinitely better when performed by their authors (obviously, that’s the nature of spoken word) which is why I always like watching a few of their performances before getting into their books because at least I have a better understanding of their voice.
Depression and Other Magic Tricks was sometimes funny sometimes tragic and my favourite poem from this collection would have to be Explaining My Depression to my Mother.
And the beauty of turning grief into something that helps others, that allows people to feel as though they are not alone, is a beautiful thing and Grief & Loss & Love & Sex certainly does that. Lara Margaret Marjerrison is very open about how she came to write these poems and the rawness of that grief is evident in her poetry. Simply put, these two books were just beautiful.