Witchcraft and Monsters – By Kala Godin

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Goodreads Synopsis: If there’s anything Kala knows, it’s monsters.
Witchcraft and Monsters is a debut poetry collection by Kala Godin.

Kala understands that the human body can be its own kind of monster. She knows the way strangers both see her and don’t.
There is magic in everything we do.
And there are monsters in each of us.

This collection is broken into five parts.
Witchcraft.
Fairytales.
Bodies.
Bad ideas.
Endings.

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I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, and I decided to read this book because of the beautiful cover and I was interested in poems focusing on the theme of witchcraft.

This is a really easy book to read because not only is the book only 54 pages, but the poems are also short.  I liked the overall themes of the poems, but I never really got into the writing style. Just as I felt like I would get into a poem it would end, I definitely felt like most of them should have been longer. There was so much more that they could have explored.

I think my favorite poem from the collection was Predator. These lines in particular spoke to me: “Like I should be a passive thing. Like I should be a soft thing. Like soft things don’t bite. Like passive things won’t put hexes on people.”

This collection could have been magnificent. It has some really good themes. But in general I didn’t find myself moved by the writing.  In the end I gave it 2 stars on Goodreads, but my rating is probably closer to a 2.5.  I would be interested in reading more by this author.

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