Fault Lines by Clarissa Sofía

This book is an exploration of relationships between people and places, love, death, and mental health, specifically depression and anxiety. Clarissa shares her journey as a young woman growing into her adult skin through poetry and self-portraiture. In this collection, Clarissa questions our current society and tackles ways of dealing with the reality of what it means to be conscious, conveying self-acceptance as the highest form of rebellion.

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[If I go missing / don’t reach for me before I have burnt IF I GO MISSING]

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(Independently Published, 3 April 2020, 134 pages, paperback, #ARC from the poet and voluntarily reviewed)

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First off, this paperback is lovely in its own right, the cover feels nice and textured and the book is well laid out. This is a book that demands you pick it up and read it. I loved all of the poems; some of them were quite beautiful. Sofía is an incredibly talented poet and her work is among the best I’ve read. I love discovering new poets so can’t wait to read her next collection. Each poem contains impressive imagery and vivid prose descriptions. I cannot fault a single poem. Fault Lines is quite breath-taking. The pictures scattered throughout complement the poems as well. There are some nude and semi-nude imagery which I wasn’t expecting but I’m not a prude so this wasn’t an issue.

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