I breezed through this chapter in one sitting as it was quite enjoyable. The language & imagery were refreshing & lovely. Here’s one of my favourite examples:
“I used to think about licking saltwaterSunshine, Sadness, and other Floridian Effects (p. 8)
From between your breasts
So close to me that I could trace your
Lazy ocean body with my tongue at high noon”
Poems ranged in format and content and worked really well together. I particularly liked the poems which were really texts to and from her dad—their melancholy & nostalgia got through to me. Some poems could probably use more tightening, but nonetheless, they were pleasant. I truly recommend reading (especially since it’s pay-what-you-want) as it’s definitely worth the time, and it might lead you to Shelby’s other collections, which I’m intrigued of getting now.