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STRETCH MARKS IN WATER – A Book Review

Stretch Marks In Water A Review
To the ever-painful process of sorting through what is trauma and what is your engrained personality.
~ ODULE. O’SUSSANE STRETCH MARKS IN WATER.
STRETCH MARKS IN WATER - A Book Review

I close STRETCH MARKS IN WATER for the third and final time. I stare at the ceiling fan and let it draw me deep into another poet’s subconscious. My compass and guide book, pink and bright, meant to guide me on this path is as helpful as a hallucinated reflection of myself. And beyond each swirl of the ceiling fan, I find a mocking X. Another question. Another question left unanswered.

Odule O’Susanne’s STRETCH MARKS IN WATER is a guidebook for navigating trauma, pain, and loss with emotional clarity, calmness, and reassuring imagery. This book compels readers to embark upon a mental journey through each section packed with enough to keep you wanting more.

With subject ranging from Family and Identity in poems like I’m A Collection Of The Women Who Made Me” “Photographs Of Hands” “Where I’m From” “I Stand Still” “Same Old” “A Poem Written Into A Voice Memo On The Toll Road” to exploring Rage, Abuse and Self-Inflicted Pain in poems like The Depression Gets Real With Me” “Bracelets” “Emotional Abuse Works Like This” “Pattern Of Abuse” “This Is How It Goes No Matter Which City I’m In” and Loss in poems like “Mothers” “Bones” “Daniella George – My Friend From Down Under” “Heat Wave”.

Stretch Marks In Water A Review

Bracelets draws attention with lines that tell a sensitive tale with delicate strokes.

In Bracelets, O’Susanne navigates suicide and self-harm with poetic grace. Readers experience first-hand the self-destruction, people living with depression experience. With a visualization designed to transcend the borders of a page, she writes with a style of prose and provoking imagery that challenges every sense of right-mindedness.

STRETCH MARKS IN WATER left me entangled in a web of remorse, feeling second hand pain and drenched in questions to which it provides no answers. But who has the answers we all seek? Not O’Susanne. This collection though filled with tales of grief, pain, and loss will live in lasting memory because it reminds us of the hope, strength, and comfort in continuity and survival. And why we strive on.

Something she calls:

Possibility in Fear.

This Book is raw emotional artistry delivered with skill and mastery.

Stretch Marks In Water A Review

STRETCH MARKS IN WATER left me in a twisted web of remorse, feeling second hand pain and drenched in questions to which it provides no answers. But who has the answers we all seek? Not O’Susanne. This collection though filled with tales of grief, pain, and loss will live in lasting memory because it reminds us of the hope, strength, and comfort in continuity and survival. And why we strive on. The Possibility in Fear.”

IBUKUN ALESINLOYE

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