Summary: “all women carry
inside of them
didn’t your mother
tell you that”
In her first collection of poetry, McKayla Robbin grows language “like wildflowers / from the wounds / that for years / would not close up.” Simultaneously vulnerable and fierce, her short-form poems engage themes of femininity, identity, violence, and healing.
Genres: Poetry, Feminism, Nonfiction
My thoughts: We carry the sky is a short poetry collection split into four sections that will hit you with various emotions along the way. I read this collection in one sitting a few days ago and was struck with the beauty of Robbin’s words strung together to form such awe inspiring poems. This collection tackles the topics of current affairs such as racism and the violence that stems from that hatred. It touches upon rape culture and so many more raw topics that will leave you breathless and wanting more. This collection has so much to offer and speaks out about an array of issues that every person can relate to in some way.
This book has at least one poem that every person can connect to one some level. Each poem is simplistic but packs a heavy punch that really gripped my heart the entire time I read this. One of my most favorite aspects of this poetry collection is the various references to nature which I always love to see in writing. Robbin created such a vivid setting in my mind, through her poems, which took me on journeys through her own life scattered along each page. I especially loved how she addressed various forms of love and loss and how to move on from it. I also adored how she empowered women throughout this entire collection and did not sugar coat the hard topics that were touched upon as well.
I really enjoyed this poetry collection and believe that all young women should read it because it offers advice and wisdom that every woman should receive. Everyone who loves poetry should give this one a shot because Robbin expertly crafts a world of her own with her words and comments on heavy topics that need to be addressed in all forms of art which I appreciated the most, in the end.
* I was given a physical copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review! Thank you!*