The Chaos Of Longing By K.Y. Robinson.

The Diverse Reader The Chaos Of Longing By K.Y. Robinson Book Review

Title: The Chaos Of Longing

Author: K.Y. Robinson

Genre: Poetry

Published: September 26, 2017

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Total Pages: 160 pages

Topics Include: Love, Sex, Life, Abuse and Life Experiences

Back Of The Book Synopsis: Organized in four sections – Inception, Longing, Chaos, and Epiphany – K.Y. Robinson's debut poetry collection explores what it is to want in spite of trauma, shame, injustice, and mental illness. It is one survivor's powerful testimony, and a love letter "to those who lie awake burning." 

K.Y. Robinson has been on my mind for awhile and I knew once I came across her poetry at Target that I had to buy it. Robinson is a fairly new published poet and her poetry focuses on love but also the chaos of other experiences in her life. This book is not a quick read nor is it short poetry. Each poem tells a story and gives the reader layers of what the poet has been through.

My favorite poem: Smoke

“they say that

patience is a virtue

but they never tell you

that the heat of

waiting will burn you

if you linger too long.”

My thoughts:

The Chaos Of Longing By K.Y. Robinson is a poetry book that speaks on topics such as love, a relationship that changed overtime, growth and abuse written into different chapters. I was able to finish this book within a course of two hours because of how much poetry was given. I want to start off by talking about what I did not connect to in the book. I think the poetry was lengthy which made me happy as a reader because I love lengthy poetry. But, the poetry itself, seemed to be repetitive because of the main topic that was discussed in the poetry.

Around 95% of the poetry was about a person that the poet was dating and how they were not the right person for her. I wanted to have a more well-rounded poetry of who the poet was and things she went through besides a break-up in a 160 page book. The reason why I pictured this book to be more well-rounded is because she mentioned in the beginning the disclaimers about the topics that would be mentioned.

I was not expecting majority of the poetry to be about completely about falling in love then a horrible break up — then only a handful of poems about the other topics that she mentioned at the beginning of the book. I only connected to a few poems because they were thought provoking and clever but most of the poetry I was not fond of because they were either confusing or did not capture my attention.

On the contrary, there were a few aspects that I did enjoy about this poetry book. I liked the fact that the poet spoke about the different elements of her previous relationship such as the emotional, physical and sexual aspect. The poetry was honest and I was able to see how much the poet cared for her ex-partner. I liked that the poet was trying to be creative with her language. Lastly, I liked that most of the poetry was something that I could picture someone writing after a break-up. Overall, this poetry book is something that I did not connect to but I think someone who has gone through a break-up can relate to it more.

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