#AnythingThatHappens by @bornwilder1

At the age of twenty, Cheryl Wilder got behind the wheel when she was too drunk to drive. She emerged from the car physically whole. Her passenger, a close friend, woke up from a coma four months later with a life-changing brain injury. Anything That Happens follows her journey from a young adult consumed by shame and self-hatred to a woman she can live with… and even respect. Along the way, Wilder marries, has a son, divorces, and cares for her dying mother. Anything That Happens examines what it takes to reconcile a past marked by a grave mistake, a present as caregiver to many, and a future that stretches into one long second chance.


Until I was twenty, I believed anything wouldn’t

happen to me.



(@Press53, 25 March 2021, ebook, 82 pages, #ARC from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed, #BlogTour 5 April via @PoeticBookTours)




This is a new poet for me. Anything That Happens is a fantastic piece of work, an impressive blend of light and dark. At it’s core is a sequence of poems about a life-altering car crash the poet lived through which left her friend brain-damaged. These poems such as the title poem, Slipped 1, Slipped II and Sipped III are raw, visceral and almost painful to read. I really felt the pain of the poet’s experiences. There are also poems about life, love, expectations, failure, recovery and healing. Anything That Happens left me breathless.  


  1. Thank you for taking this journey with me–in the book and on the tour. I appreciate your genuine reaction.

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