I rarely review poetry books. It’s not that I don’t like poetry – I do, and have, for a long time.
But poetry is so personal, so raw, so powerful, so intimate that it’s hard to quantify into a blog review what a certain book of poetry is, much less if you would recommend it to any or all of said blog’s readers.
What I will tell you about WWJD And Other Poems, by Savannah Sipple, is that every feminist, abuse survivor, LGBTQ+ identifier, friend or family of LGBTQ+ identifiers, cis LGBTQ+ allies, church kid, pastor’s kid, fat kid, fat adult, BBW, SJW, and poetry lover should own a copy of this collection.
Savanna shows so much vulnerability and strength through these poems that I wanted to hug her, cry with her, talk to her, or just heal her. I thought maybe if I could fix all the wrongs within the woman writing these poems I could feel better about this voyeuristic look into her life.
But the truth is, she doesn’t need healed, she doesn’t need my acceptance, and she doesn’t need anyone’s pity. All she wants, and all we can give, is to listen to her voice when she talks.
Purchase your copy here. You won’t regret it.
For more information about Savannah, visit her website at http://www.savannahsipple.com.
About Savannah Sipple:
Savannah Sipple is a writer from east Kentucky. Her poems have recently been published in Appalachian Heritage, Waxwing, Talking River, The Offing, and The Louisville Review. She is also the recipient of grants from the Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. A professor, editor, and writing mentor, she currently resides in Lexington, Kentucky, with her partner, Ashley.