I love poetry. It's one of my favorite ways to express myself. You can convey so many emotions and memories in a succinct way. I've been writing a lot of poetry lately myself, and so when I received the opportunity to review The Couple Who Fell to Earth by Michelle Bitting, I jumped at the chance.
Here's a brief synopsis of the book:
These meditations, cosmic-toned, yet utterly visceral, demonstrate Michelle Bitting’s continuing growth and power as a poet of love, loss, the daily and deeply human experience, together with a maturing eye to understanding greater mythological tropes. Woven throughout her contemplation of the terrible beauty and struggle of family dynamics, corporeal desire, the injustices and revelations of life in the 21st century, thrums a vital connectivity to the mystic and mythological strains of the past, newfangled to the present in a way that ultimately sheds light on what it is to be alive and conscious of who we’re called to be.
To read Michelle’s poetry is to take a wild, passionate ride through the rubble of the quotidian, to be shocked by sensual discovery and awakened to a relentless curiosity for both the surreal and historical. These poems travel–an expansion in service of communion with the world, confrontation and acceptance of self.
I really enjoyed reading this book. As a wife and mother, I could relate so much to the sentiments shared by the author. The day to day ups and downs of marriage and parenting - it's hard to describe sometimes, but Bitting captures it beautifully. The imagery alone is phenomenal.
One of my favorite poems from the book is "The Moment of Possible Futures" where Bitting writes:
Fitting in doesn't suit me
but I've learned to exist
on ambrosia made of stories
Yes. So much this. Those lines resonated with me so hard. I know that I will be re-reading this book often. When I feel alone, when I feel like no one will understand what I'm going through, I can turn to Michelle Bitting's words and say, "Hey, old friend. You understand."
About the Poet:
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Michelle Bitting’s first collection, Good Friday Kiss (C & R, 2008) won the DeNovo First Book Award. Her second collection, Notes To The Beloved (SPC, 2011) won the Sacramento Poetry Center Book Award and received a starred review from Kirkus. Poems have been published in the American Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, Narrative, The L.A. Weekly, diode, Linebreak, and The Paris-American, and have been nominated for the Pushcart and Best of the Net prizes. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific University and is currently a Ph.D candidate in Mythological Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She grew up in Los Angeles near the ocean.
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Paperback: 110 pages
Publisher: C&R Press (May 1, 2016)
Available on: Amazon
Author's Website: http://www.michellebitting.com/
*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.