By: Lauren Eden
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase
Atlantis is a three-part poetic tale of a young woman’s quest to build paradise out of her flat-packed suburban life. Heartbreaking and humorous, Atlantis is a journey about picking up the pieces from the ruins of a life they said would be good for you.
Fun fact: I more or less started 2017 reading her first poetry collection, Of Yesteryear (review) and read this latest collection of hers at the end of 2017. I like symmetry like that.
Anyway, whilst I didn’t love this collection as much as the first one (as I found the first one to be much more relatable), I thought this collection was a far more personal outing of the poet’s. Her poetry continues to touch on romantic love but her poems also reflect on her life, on expectations, on her own personal relationships with her mother (actually I first found out about that on Instagram and having read the rest of the book since I can see much of that theme running throughout the book). Some of her poems are zingers (like the one I posted below) and others I can see after having read Of Yesteryear that her style has evolved a bit. Which makes sense, we grow and continue to develop our skills.
Overall I enjoyed reading Atlantis and am delighted to have read another collection by this poet. Definitely one of my favourites that I’ve discovered last year.