Happy National Poetry Month! I know it is already half over, but I’ve been busy writing poetry (among other things). I’ve also been reading plenty of poetry this month. One of the best poetry books I picked up this month is Beldams & Bedlam: Another Verse, Another Curse by Jen Chichester (it’s available on Amazon, print and Kindle). It’s a fun romp through craziness and aging, and that’s probably why it resonated with me so much.
Chichester is a personal friend, but this is an unbiased review. Her poetry is honestly some of the best stuff I have read in years. Most of her poems are short and to the point. While they could be longer and tell you more, they get the point across just fine in those few words.
This book of poetry touches base on witchcraft, aging, and many other mysterious things. I found it an easy read, but it makes you go within yourself and determine how these poems speak to you and about your life. It’s deep. It’s dark. It’s unforgiving.
There are 41 poems in this third collection from Chichester. I couldn’t put it down when I read it. You’ll feel that sometimes the poet’s life sneaks into her poetry, yet she also finds inspiration from all sorts of things, from history to pop culture. I think this makes her poetry more accessible to more people, and even more interesting to a broader array of folks.
This poem is one of my favorites in this collection:
The feckless fiend
Did not see
The gypsy, the witch
With her violets and voodoo dolls
Or the hundred feet wall
Standing tall, proud, firm
Against love and its compass.
Her witchy poems are my favorites. When you’re on Amazon, be sure to click on the author’s name so you can see the other fantastic poetry books she has available.