Books to read for 2021: Things My Mother Left Behind by Susan Richardson (Potter’s Grove Press)

Fevers of the Mind

The first thing I noticed when reading Susan’s writing is the descriptive imagery, she makes you feel every emotion she feels. This is a trait in writing that I admire and her telling of loss and depression at times returns me back on imagery I rarely see outside of Anne Sexton or Sylvia Plath. The poetry reads like the story of her life through the love, loss, grief, the screaming pinches in the soul that losing a parent, child, or sibling staples-in forever. She also hauntingly describes the progress of losing her sight as she has gone from a sky full of stars both sentient and still to the ones who blink out erratically til there is nothing left to burn. These are not just some poems. These are her life. Emotions are hers. When you read this collection of poetry the Emotions are yours too. “Between Sight and Blindness”…

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