Witchcraft and Monsters, by Kala Godin, ARC Review

The publisher, Patchwork Press, kindly offered me an advanced reader copy (ARC) of Witchcraft and Monsters by Kala Godin via NetGalley. Yet, this is an honest review of the book expressing my humble opinion.

The book description is this:

If there’s anything Kala knows, it’s monsters.
Witchcraft and Monsters is a debut poetry collection by Kala Godin.
Kala understands that the human body can be its own kind of monster. She knows the way strangers both see her and don’t.
There is magic in everything we do.
And there are monsters in each of us.
This collection is broken into five parts.
Witchcraft.
Fairytales.
Bodies.
Bad ideas.
Endings.

I found Witchcraft and Monsters to be an exceptionally original and feminist poetry book. The author’s passion for each word and need to write this book are easy to see. Kala Godin has taken myths, gods, and tales and span poems that reflect not only her emotions but her the society norms, as well. Some of favorite poems are Predator, Small absolutes, Pyro, The Big Book of Mythology, among many others. The author’s ability to take society norms and expectations and retell them by the perspective of a woman is outstanding. The author has really impressed me, and I am truly looking forward to reading more poetry from her.

Witchcraft and Monsters is an amazing poetry book, and I couldn’t recommend it more. If you identify as a woman, you’ll find a companion and a friend in this book. If you don’t, this book will open your eyes to what women face in this world, no matter where you live..

Some her lines will stay with me forever, and many have resonated with me as deeply as a book can reach. Kala Godin and Patchwork Press, THANK YOU. Witchcraft and Monsters is a must-read.

4.5 stars – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Author: Kala Godin
Publisher: Patchwork Press

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