In her debut poetry collection, Conyer Clayton sheds her skin to reveal true vulnerability. We Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite is the title the author gave a collection of deeply personal poems which speak of life struggles.
The themes of sex, addiction, and emotions are discussed in a way I would describe as tragicomic. As much as the language used is rich, there is also this ambience of contemporary struggle of a young person in the twenty-first century. Because of this, the message is much more relatable and it creates a friendship-like relationship between the author and the reading. I would further explain this relationship as a friendly conversation in which the author tells you what had happened to them.
The poems are divided into the sections which remained unnamed and are only numbered. In my opinion, the poems gradually become more hard-hitting and personal as the book progresses, but that might be due to me getting more familiar with it.
My favourite verse belongs to a poem named What You Actually Lost in the second part of the book. It says: “I see a darkness in my own eyes / a tumour starts to form“. The macabre element gives it power. There is such strength in such a verse. And as much as it’s a metaphor and hyperbole, the verse gives you a glimpse into the hardship the author must have endured to write it.
In conclusion, I really enjoyed this poetry collection. The youth of the author gave a special flavour I rarely find in recent poetry collections. I liked to read poems that dealt with hard topics in a way that wasn’t only tragic and heavy, but also carried a type of youthful humour!
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.