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Depression & Other Magic Tricks is the debut book by Sabrina Benaim, one of the most-viewed performance poets of all time, whose poem "Explaining My Depression to My Mother" has become a cultural phenomenon with over 5,000,000 views. Depression & Other Magic Tricks explores themes of mental health, love, and family. It is a documentation of struggle and triumph, a Depression & Other Magic Tricks is the debut book by Sabrina Benaim, one of the most-viewed performance poets of all time, whose poem "Explaining My Depression to My Mother" has become a cultural phenomenon with over 5,000,000 views. Depression & Other Magic Tricks explores themes of mental health, love, and family. It is a documentation of struggle and triumph, a celebration of daily life and of living. Benaim's wit, empathy, and gift for language produce a work of endless wonder.


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Depression & Other Magic Tricks is the debut book by Sabrina Benaim, one of the most-viewed performance poets of all time, whose poem "Explaining My Depression to My Mother" has become a cultural phenomenon with over 5,000,000 views. Depression & Other Magic Tricks explores themes of mental health, love, and family. It is a documentation of struggle and triumph, a Depression & Other Magic Tricks is the debut book by Sabrina Benaim, one of the most-viewed performance poets of all time, whose poem "Explaining My Depression to My Mother" has become a cultural phenomenon with over 5,000,000 views. Depression & Other Magic Tricks explores themes of mental health, love, and family. It is a documentation of struggle and triumph, a celebration of daily life and of living. Benaim's wit, empathy, and gift for language produce a work of endless wonder.

30 review for Depression & Other Magic Tricks

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nat

    Waking up to the news that Sabrina Benaim had released a poetry collection genuinely put a smile on my face this morning. Depression & Other Magic Tricks is the debut book by Sabrina Benaim, one of the most-viewed performance poets of all time, whose poem "Explaining My Depression to My Mother" has become a cultural phenomenon with over 50 million views. Depression & Other Magic Tricks explores themes of mental health, love, and family. It is a documentation of struggle and triumph, a cel Waking up to the news that Sabrina Benaim had released a poetry collection genuinely put a smile on my face this morning. Depression & Other Magic Tricks is the debut book by Sabrina Benaim, one of the most-viewed performance poets of all time, whose poem "Explaining My Depression to My Mother" has become a cultural phenomenon with over 50 million views. Depression & Other Magic Tricks explores themes of mental health, love, and family. It is a documentation of struggle and triumph, a celebration of daily life and of living. Benaim's wit, empathy, and gift for language produce a work of endless wonder. I was pleased to find that her voice, both written and spoken, is so distinguished that it’s impossible not to hear it while reading. However, unlike her live slam poems where you can feel her passion translate over onto you, in Depression & Other Magic Tricks I failed to experience the same. While reading this collection there just wasn’t ever that moment of epiphany of "YES! I can relate and understand because I feel that way too." My attention was solely focused on trying to decipher what each poem meant and also who it’s supposed to be directed at. I never really felt like we got a solid look into the themes promised in the blurb above, rather just mentions of it. I feel like most of the pieces were more on loneliness and breakups and romance, as opposed to a sharp focus on mental health. So I repeatedly felt as if I'd missed something major upon completing each poem and like I was in way over my head with this. Still, I'd like to include three works that sparked something indescribable in me:     Overall, though my expectations for Sabrina Benaim's poetry collection weren't quite met, I'm still glad I got the chance to read new works by her. ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Expected publication: August 8th, 2017 Note: I’m an Amazon Affiliate. If you’re interested in buying  Depression & Other Magic Tricks, just click on the image below to go through my link. I’ll make a small commission! Support creators you love. Buy a Coffee for nat (bookspoils) with Ko-fi.com/bookspoils

  2. 5 out of 5

    [Shai] The Bibliophage

    This poetry book of Sabrian Benaim should be included in the list of bestsellers! The poems included in this collection really captured how those who suffers depression or heartbreak really felt. I'd read some contemporary or present-day bestselling poetry books and those are incomparable on how really good this book is.

  3. 4 out of 5

    may ➹

    I appreciate / this author as a poet / and I recognize that what she writes is poetry / but the formatting got / very / annoying / for / me / to / read I didn’t understand / certain things that were going on / even though / I know it talks about depression / and heartbreak / and healing / and even though sometimes poetry is meant to be / confusing / and make you / think there were some / individual lines / that were beautiful and gorgeously written / but as a whole / the poems were all over the I appreciate / this author as a poet / and I recognize that what she writes is poetry / but the formatting got / very / annoying / for / me / to / read I didn’t understand / certain things that were going on / even though / I know it talks about depression / and heartbreak / and healing / and even though sometimes poetry is meant to be / confusing / and make you / think there were some / individual lines / that were beautiful and gorgeously written / but as a whole / the poems were all over the place / and it was / hard to follow / its meaning

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Sometimes I need beautiful, empathizing words to help me process my mood when life goes a bit haywire. Poetry collection: Depression & Other Magic Tricks was glowing on my computer screen looking for reviewers so I took it as a sign that it was meant to be. As is typical with any art form, I found myself connecting with some of Sabrina Benaim's poems more than others but they were all very good. My favorites include Explaining My Depression To My Mother, Girl Beside You, A Plain Truth, How t Sometimes I need beautiful, empathizing words to help me process my mood when life goes a bit haywire. Poetry collection: Depression & Other Magic Tricks was glowing on my computer screen looking for reviewers so I took it as a sign that it was meant to be. As is typical with any art form, I found myself connecting with some of Sabrina Benaim's poems more than others but they were all very good. My favorites include Explaining My Depression To My Mother, Girl Beside You, A Plain Truth, How to Fold a Memory, The Other Side of a Memory, On Releasing Light, Poem From Last August California Trip//Yearly Maintenance, Girl Behind You, and Seven Small Ways in Which I Loved Myself This Week. This collection discusses themes related to mood, mental health, family, relationships, and self-care. The about the author section indicates Ms. Benaim is seasoned in the art of poetry slam, a type of performance poetry, and I could visualize voice and movement for many of these poems. I personally have never heard of Sabrina Benaim before but I now have a new writer of beautiful words to keep an eye out for! Thank you to the following for permitting me access to an advance reader's copy (ARC) of Depression & Other Magic Tricks. This generosity did not impact my honesty when rating/reviewing. Source: NetGalley Author: Sabrina Benaim Publisher: Button Poetry, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Pub Date: 22 Aug 2017 Genre: Health, Mind & Body, Poetry

  5. 5 out of 5

    Aya Hamza

    1.5 stars. Such a disappointment! I was so excited for this collection because I loved her poem "Explaining Depression to my Mother", but it didn't meet my high expectations at all. To be honest, I didn't like any of the poems in this collection except "Explaining Depression to my Mother"! I expected to read poems about depression, but the collection focused on the failure of a relationship, how she missed her lover a lot, and how she can't get past this relationship.. which I didn't care that muc 1.5 stars. Such a disappointment! I was so excited for this collection because I loved her poem "Explaining Depression to my Mother", but it didn't meet my high expectations at all. To be honest, I didn't like any of the poems in this collection except "Explaining Depression to my Mother"! I expected to read poems about depression, but the collection focused on the failure of a relationship, how she missed her lover a lot, and how she can't get past this relationship.. which I didn't care that much about. This was badly marketed, and I felt deceived by the end of it. *Thank you to NetGalley and Button Poetry for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review*

  6. 4 out of 5

    destiny ♎ [howling libraries]

    "i held hands with my sadness, sang it songs in the shower, fed it lunch, got it drunk & put it to bed early." I was delighted to receive an ARC of this book, because I've seen Sabrina's infamous poetry recitals floating around facebook and youtube, and love her rawness and authenticity. Unfortunately, her collection doesn't quite live up to expectations; I found that her best works were the ones I'd already heard and read, and a bit of the rest of the book is repetitive. That said, she's still an "i held hands with my sadness, sang it songs in the shower, fed it lunch, got it drunk & put it to bed early." I was delighted to receive an ARC of this book, because I've seen Sabrina's infamous poetry recitals floating around facebook and youtube, and love her rawness and authenticity. Unfortunately, her collection doesn't quite live up to expectations; I found that her best works were the ones I'd already heard and read, and a bit of the rest of the book is repetitive. That said, she's still an incredible poet and I'd recommend checking her work out if you enjoy sad, anxious words about unrequited love and mental health struggles. Thank you to NetGalley and Button Poetry for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cam (abookeater)

    This collection hit me hard, in the best way possible. I didn't realize I had actually seen this poetess perform online before until I read one poem that seemed so familiar. This collection centers mainly on the author's depression and anxiety. The free verse demonstrates this constant struggle beautifully. I could easily relate to a great majority of the poems as someone who deals with these illnesses herself.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Romie

    I am torn. Am I the only one who felt kinda meh? I related to the poems about depression, they were seriously beautiful, it felt like reading about my own emotions sometimes. There is something extremely vulnerable about this poetry collection, something genuine and real, which makes it hurt even more when you read it, reading about the author's depression and anxiety truly made me want to hide under my blanket and cry. It was beautiful. But some of the poems . . . I felt like some of them were just I am torn. Am I the only one who felt kinda meh? I related to the poems about depression, they were seriously beautiful, it felt like reading about my own emotions sometimes. There is something extremely vulnerable about this poetry collection, something genuine and real, which makes it hurt even more when you read it, reading about the author's depression and anxiety truly made me want to hide under my blanket and cry. It was beautiful. But some of the poems . . . I felt like some of them were just there to fill some space. my mother the tree who cut and whittled herself to build me a boat offering safe passage. 3.5 Thank you Netgalley for providing me an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    While I loved her on button poetry with her poem "Explaining depression to my mother" I have to say that this book didn't work for me. I was very excited when I saw that she was publishing a book, and was expecting it to arrive. Then I learned it was, obviously, a poem book rather than a book explaining or talking about depression as such. But I enjoyed so much seeing her reading/feeling the beforementioned poem that I thought "Why not? I know I don't usually go for this kind of books, but her i While I loved her on button poetry with her poem "Explaining depression to my mother" I have to say that this book didn't work for me. I was very excited when I saw that she was publishing a book, and was expecting it to arrive. Then I learned it was, obviously, a poem book rather than a book explaining or talking about depression as such. But I enjoyed so much seeing her reading/feeling the beforementioned poem that I thought "Why not? I know I don't usually go for this kind of books, but her interpretation was so emotive, so raw, that I can like her book". Wrong of me to think that. See, the book itself is great for people who like her work, it has her style and talks about depression and family and things that you feel or felt and have made you this way you are now. But what I really liked was her interpretation of the depression poem. So reading her did nothing for me, most of her poems were jumbled up words. I even went to see more of her readings to see if they could help me feel more the book, but no luck. She has some good ones here and there on the book, but the majority of them seemed like jumbled up words to me, some without making much sense and being a mere chain of words that tail together so she can began anew verse (the first poem, "Hello" is proof of this). So, sadly it wasn't a lecture I enjoyed, even thought I wanted to.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amal Bedhyefi

    I was eager to read this collection ever since I've heard her perform "Explaining Depression to my Mother" which i've found while scrolling down youtube. However , and unfortunately , it didn't meet my high expectations at all. To be honest, I didn't like any of the poems in this collection except that one. I expected to read poems about depression, but the collection was rather on her love life failures . I don't know if it is just me , but is this really poetry? i get it that nowadays modern poet I was eager to read this collection ever since I've heard her perform "Explaining Depression to my Mother" which i've found while scrolling down youtube. However , and unfortunately , it didn't meet my high expectations at all. To be honest, I didn't like any of the poems in this collection except that one. I expected to read poems about depression, but the collection was rather on her love life failures . I don't know if it is just me , but is this really poetry? i get it that nowadays modern poetry is taking over " the real" poetry , but this is way too much. It's pointless and a complete waste of time.

  11. 5 out of 5

    🦊 Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk

    „We wanted to believe her when she said she was fine Just fine / all right / okay / busy / good / okay / fine We thought she would have come to us If she was having any trouble we would have done anything to help All we’ve ever wanted was for her to be happy We did not understand why she would not stop crying Even when we held her down to the couch begging her to“ Really beautiful texts about anxiety, depression and other illnesses.

  12. 4 out of 5

    elena

    well I cried a lot

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sara➽ Ink Is My Sword

    Copy provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you. 4 Perfect poetry for staged presentation Stars "is it okay if my definition of free is yet to be determined..". Highly identify with this quote. As a person who writes poetry and does slam poetry, I really enjoyed this compilation of poems. I have seen some average reviews because although some pieces really spoke to the reader's soul, it was mostly meh. I think these poems were written to be slam poetry, and after doing a Copy provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you. 4 Perfect poetry for staged presentation Stars "is it okay if my definition of free is yet to be determined..". Highly identify with this quote. As a person who writes poetry and does slam poetry, I really enjoyed this compilation of poems. I have seen some average reviews because although some pieces really spoke to the reader's soul, it was mostly meh. I think these poems were written to be slam poetry, and after doing a quick search Sabrina Benaim is actually a slam poet in Button Poetry Channel, you can see various of the poems in the book performed. Her writing style is more directed to tell a story, so the poems are not exactly encrypted for us to guess what is the real meaning. As I said before, they are made to be delivered through voice. I personally could form a connection with her writing and the topics she wrote about, depression is quite a powerful theme to write about. I found this book deeply personal, and I am thankful for Sabrina to let us in. Although, I do have to agree that sometimes the poems seemed a little disconnected of an overall theme. That's what usually happens with new poets, making a book with just the poems they have written, but not following a theme through it all. Favorite Poems: +(i) +girl be side you +how to fold a memory +gravity speaks +on releasing light +another plain truth +on the last gesture between us +so my friend tells me she identifies as a mermaid... +dear Beyoncé (III) +girl behind you +seven small ways in which I love d myself this week +follow-up a prayer/ a spell +so, I'm talking about depression... +single +explaining my depression to my mother a conversation Highly recommend it for spoken poetry fans :)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Sabrina Benaim is a performance poet popular on Youtube, and I had heard of her poem she wrote to explain her experience with depression to her mother. This collection included that poem and many others about Sabrina's experiences. Beautifully and poignantly written, every poem is deeply personal. Thank you to Sabrina Benaim for bravely and eloquently sharing her experiences, and to the publisher and Netgalley, for the opportunity to read this collection fo poetry.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Schizanthus

    poetry and i usually don't mix / we repel like opposing ions / my synapses don't fire / when sparked by verse / however / a flame was lit at the start / kindled by depression and anxiety / yet heartbreak's oxygen did not fan the flames / satisfied yet / desiring more like / explaining my depression to my mother / a conversation i don't know sabrina benaim / never heard her voice / yet depression and i are old buddies / we dance around each other / and make somber music / in the dark recesses of m poetry and i usually don't mix / we repel like opposing ions / my synapses don't fire / when sparked by verse / however / a flame was lit at the start / kindled by depression and anxiety / yet heartbreak's oxygen did not fan the flames / satisfied yet / desiring more like / explaining my depression to my mother / a conversation i don't know sabrina benaim / never heard her voice / yet depression and i are old buddies / we dance around each other / and make somber music / in the dark recesses of my mind / we love yet hate / one another but / we continue our duet at times i am sure my getaway car / has obscured my shadow in dust / then i turn the corner / and the sunlight causes me / to glance behind with horror / my shadow has grown large / absorbing the light / and creeps closer / as it follows / sabrina you exhale with eloquence / shine light upon the dark / adjust focus so we can see / the hope depression conceals anxiety can pick me / out of a line up / loneliness of knowing / in a crowded room / i'm the only one / from my tribe / despair at lack / of understanding / treated like a curiosity / different / not enough heartbreak / a foreign land / i am an alien there / yet made clear / by hearing sabrina dark / depression / loneliness / heartbreak / anxiety / despair / swirl into one / flood of emotion / aching / desert of nothingness / numbness / muddy clay that distorts / yet resilience / hope / light gratitude / netgalley / gratitude / button poetry / gratitude / independent book publishers association / my thoughts for free / lasting impression / set aside other words / drink in this offering / to be returned to again / and again / to sip / to guzzle / to absorb / no regrets

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    A lot of this was about heartbreak after a breakup and that’s not what I was expecting. It’s also not what I was interested in. I found some of her poems to be mildly interesting but others were lacklustre. I think she had a few interesting themes but again, the main focus was about heartbreak and to be honest, I found it boring. I liked how she formatted poems in different ways but some of it was almost painful to look at and then other bits literally sounded like nonsense. I could sort of rela A lot of this was about heartbreak after a breakup and that’s not what I was expecting. It’s also not what I was interested in. I found some of her poems to be mildly interesting but others were lacklustre. I think she had a few interesting themes but again, the main focus was about heartbreak and to be honest, I found it boring. I liked how she formatted poems in different ways but some of it was almost painful to look at and then other bits literally sounded like nonsense. I could sort of relate to some of the stuff she said but the main thing I liked about the book was the impression the poems gave me of Sabrina herself. The poems made me root for her and like her, I’m just not big on the actual poems. I would not recommend this & I don’t think I would read anything else by Sabrina Benaim. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ “my heart is a messy bedroom i always distract myself from cleaning.” “the first step to connection is communication.” “sure, i make plans. i make plans but i don’t want to go. i make plans because i know i should want to go, i know at some point i would have wanted to go, it’s just not that much fun having fun when you don’t want to have fun.” “do the clocks know their only job is to evenly measure out our lifespans...”

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This was really well written but I'm a little torn on it. Some poems were beautiful (especially the ones on mental health) but some were just okay so it's hard to rate as a whole. "mom says where did the anxiety come from? anxiety is the cousin visiting from out of town depression felt obligated to bring to the party. mom i am the party. only i am the party i don't want to be at." "if i am late it is because i was too anxious to leave"

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rissa

    4.5⭐ Some of the Chapters were pure gold while others pulled on my heart strings. It was simply beautiful. “ If I am holding you without hands how am I supposed to let go” 4.5⭐️ Some of the Chapters were pure gold while others pulled on my heart strings. It was simply beautiful. “ If I am holding you without hands how am I supposed to let go”

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Depression and Other Magic Truths is by Sabrina Benaim, Canadian poetess, spoken word and dance performer, she lives in Toronto. This superb debut poetry collection explores many truths surrounding the stigma of mental illness: depression is no longer a taboo topic, the many ways of coping and working through episodes, and most important, the path to recovery and wellness is possible. Close to her mother, Benaim was concerned how she will talk to her: “explaining my depression to my mother”. In Depression and Other Magic Truths is by Sabrina Benaim, Canadian poetess, spoken word and dance performer, she lives in Toronto. This superb debut poetry collection explores many truths surrounding the stigma of mental illness: depression is no longer a taboo topic, the many ways of coping and working through episodes, and most important, the path to recovery and wellness is possible. Close to her mother, Benaim was concerned how she will talk to her: “explaining my depression to my mother”. In the darkness of her illness she fears death—not her own but her mother’s. Leaning on her mother for support she writes: “I am afraid of living/Mom, I am lonely/I think I learnt it when Dad left;/how to turn the anger into lonely/the lonely into busy…” Parental abandonment is difficult to deal with in any case, and was symbolized by an abandoned house. In the poem “single” Benaim writes about her fondness for sweat pants, careless grooming habits, and avoidance of answering the phone. “the loneliest sweet potato” recalls going to the supermarket, the effort to hide her depression as she chooses her lemons and avocados, the effort it takes to appear like everyone else. “how to unfold a memory//the Kentucky heartbreak shuffle” is a telling longer autobiographical poem of rural country life: barrels of Kentucky Bourbon, cornmeal fried catfish, the street lamps, swings on the wrap around porches, the American Flags, and the sweltering heat. It was surprising that the organized poetic sequences beginning with “magic trick 001” to the final “magic trick 005” deal with symbolism and creative metaphorical lyrics. Many of these verses feature an enjoyable lighter direction, away from the seriousness of depressive illness. The titles of most of the poems are usually featured in lower case: “so my friend tells me she identifies as a mermaid”- “on platonic love being the real thing”- seven small ways in which I loved myself this week” . On occasion, Beyonce serves as a popular muse in modern (Millennial) poetry. Benaim’s poems that include Beyonce: “dear Beyonce” (I)- “dear Beyonce” (II). Previously, “There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce” (2016) was a poetry release by Morgan Parker. Beyonce appeared on social media in her maternal glory over the summer (2017)-- inside a spectacular floral arch with her newborn “beybe” twins. This thoughtful insightful collection is hopeful and encouraging, illustrating numerous ways Benaim faced her troubles and depressive symptoms—fortunately she wrote poetry, found love and happily recovered. **With thanks to Button Poetry/Exploding Pinecone Press via NetGalley for the direct e-copy for the purpose of review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sheharzad ⚘

    I'm reviewing this book provided by NetGalley. Poetry, poetry, poetry. Oh, how complex, beautiful, and incredibly personal and public it can be. I'm a huge fan of poetry, from Rumi to Langston Hughes, Marie de France to Edgar Allan Poe, Ernest Hemmingway to Lang Leav, and all the new, emerging poets. Everyone has a different taste in poetry, and for me, it varies. I love poems so nuanced that they suspend me in a state of infinite profundity. I love topics that discuss mental health, trauma, reco I'm reviewing this book provided by NetGalley. Poetry, poetry, poetry. Oh, how complex, beautiful, and incredibly personal and public it can be. I'm a huge fan of poetry, from Rumi to Langston Hughes, Marie de France to Edgar Allan Poe, Ernest Hemmingway to Lang Leav, and all the new, emerging poets. Everyone has a different taste in poetry, and for me, it varies. I love poems so nuanced that they suspend me in a state of infinite profundity. I love topics that discuss mental health, trauma, recovery, fables, and love stories. Depression & Other Magic Tricks has all these points. But another thing I love is poetic structure. Unlike some new poets' poetic structure choice, Sabrina Benaim's style made sense to me. I understood why a poem was written in a certain format, however, it did distract me from the content just a bit. On another note, I recommend watching Benaim perform some of her pieces! (ALSO, SHE'S TORONTONIAN! Oh, how the world needs more Canada <3) I loved the representation of depression and anxiety in this book, and I loved how I could find myself in the verses. And since poetry is completely subjective, Benaim's voice and experiences were heard and understood in all their personal, nuanced glory. Yet there was something that just didn't click with me to give it a 5 star. This is a case of it's not you, it's me so some readers may thoroughly agree and/or disagree with me, and that's okay. Poetry is subjective and universal and personal and just as complex as the poems themselves. her name is wooden ship, to try & fit it into his glass bottle heart would only break her. ---- we did not understand why she would not stop crying even when we held her down to the couch begging her to ---- OR are you just trying to say you’re magic, BUT not that regular, pedestrian, witch-type magic. is mermaid magic better? is this common public knowledge? OR is it just easier to look at yourself in the mirror if you are not human. does that make it easier to pretend you don’t have depression; because depression is exclusively human. if so…shoot…maybe i am a mermaid too. ---- i was inside looking out, finally.

  21. 4 out of 5

    AleJandra

    4 How to connect in a world like this STARS Hace un par de días vagando en Facebook, un video salvaje apareció. Sabrina Benaim recitando su poema explaining my depression to my mother , y no tienen idea lo mucho que me afectaron sus versos y mucho más la pación con la que Sabrina se expresaba. Inmediatamente me puse a buscar más información sobre ella, que me llevo a encontrar este libro, ese poema que tanto me gusto viene incluido aquí, y si es uno de mis favoritos. Sería fácil comparar este li 4 How to connect in a world like this STARS Hace un par de días vagando en Facebook, un video salvaje apareció. Sabrina Benaim recitando su poema explaining my depression to my mother , y no tienen idea lo mucho que me afectaron sus versos y mucho más la pación con la que Sabrina se expresaba. Inmediatamente me puse a buscar más información sobre ella, que me llevo a encontrar este libro, ese poema que tanto me gusto viene incluido aquí, y si es uno de mis favoritos. Sería fácil comparar este libro con otros de poesía contemporánea, y mientras tienen muchas cosas en común, creo que lo que diferencia es que no es tan directo, no es del tipo que te dice las cosas a la cara y de una manera cruda, la autora utiliza muchas metáforas y analogías, te lleva por varios caminos en una sola oración y te deja muchísimas cosas a la interpretación. Es decir, no trata de explicarte lo que es vivir con una enfermedad mental, de una forma absoluta, simplemente te da su versión de ella, una visión que no siempre es clara o concisa, y al final es lo que le da mayor hermosura, ya que cada uno como lector le dará la interpretación necesaria. Muy bueno, muy recomendable, para releerlo una infinidad de veces.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    I think...I actually...liked this??? Unsure if I enjoyed this because it really connected with me and my situations recently, or if because it felt like these were more original than most modern poetry I read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    - ̗̀ jess ̖́-

    I don't read much modern poetry, but as someone with depression, I was quite drawn to the title of this collection. Benaim's collection is about her experiences with depression in several poems. I felt like it was very true and from the heart and for the most part I liked the poems. Some poems definitely resonated with me more than others - the romantic ones I didn't connect with much, but the ones about sadness and loneliness I felt in my bones. Benaim has a voice that so direct and frank yet b I don't read much modern poetry, but as someone with depression, I was quite drawn to the title of this collection. Benaim's collection is about her experiences with depression in several poems. I felt like it was very true and from the heart and for the most part I liked the poems. Some poems definitely resonated with me more than others - the romantic ones I didn't connect with much, but the ones about sadness and loneliness I felt in my bones. Benaim has a voice that so direct and frank yet beautifully poetic, which is something I don't see often and it works so well with this topic. I feel like this makes her poems very relatable, especially to fellow sufferers of depression, and I enjoyed reading this poetry collection. *Thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for the review copy.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Forsyth

    You might know Sabrina Benaim from her reading of "explaining my depression to my mother: a conversation", a video of which went viral this past spring. That poem is haunting, read with such passion that you can't help but be affected by it. The words are beautiful, honest and raw, but the reading is ground-shattering, tearful and anxious, on the verge of a collapse that brings out your best, empathetic self. Benaim's spoken word expertise adds an element that I feared I would miss in reading he You might know Sabrina Benaim from her reading of "explaining my depression to my mother: a conversation", a video of which went viral this past spring. That poem is haunting, read with such passion that you can't help but be affected by it. The words are beautiful, honest and raw, but the reading is ground-shattering, tearful and anxious, on the verge of a collapse that brings out your best, empathetic self. Benaim's spoken word expertise adds an element that I feared I would miss in reading her words. Nope. I mean, yes, I'll pay good money to hear her read other poems, but holy smokes, the written poems are just as strong and powerful, in a wonderfully different way. Beanim's use of space and punctuation are just as masterful as her control over her voice, and even reading "explaining depression" adds another element that the spoken piece doesn't quite have. I loved these poems, I savoured them and devoured them in equal measure. Benaim's exploration of depression and anxiety and heartbreak are needed right now, and as a bookseller, I can't wait to share this book with as many people as I can. You have to check this out when it releases in August.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ammara Abid

    i tell my grandmother i think love is a hungry caterpillar

  26. 5 out of 5

    Giulia

    Actual rating: 1.5 ⭐ Did not like the writing style and the content of this short collection of poetry. Favourite poem: on releasing light in some stories, the protagonist has to kill the bad thing to release its light. in my story, i am the protagonist & the bad thing, i have to learn how to bend the light out of myself.                           i can do that magic. Actual rating: 1.5 ⭐️ Did not like the writing style and the content of this short collection of poetry. Favourite poem: on releasing light in some stories, the protagonist has to kill the bad thing to release its light. in my story, i am the protagonist & the bad thing, i have to learn how to bend the light out of myself.                           i can do that magic.

  27. 5 out of 5

    V Bliss

    ”is it okay if my definition of free is yet to be determined” Reading this was like coming home. What I mean by that is I love being home. But when I’m at home my pain is more evident. It’s harder to get things done. Harder to stay motivated. When I’m home it’s harder to deal with myself. Depression & Other Magic Tricks felt like walking through my bedroom door and sliding on my favorite pair of sweatpants; comforting and oh-so familiar. I often felt that I was reading poetry that I had writ ”is it okay if my definition of free is yet to be determined” Reading this was like coming home. What I mean by that is I love being home. But when I’m at home my pain is more evident. It’s harder to get things done. Harder to stay motivated. When I’m home it’s harder to deal with myself. Depression & Other Magic Tricks felt like walking through my bedroom door and sliding on my favorite pair of sweatpants; comforting and oh-so familiar. I often felt that I was reading poetry that I had written. By a much more talented, future me. So it hit me pretty hard. ”i like my body best when i am not worried about how much space it is taking up.” Extremely impressed by Sabrina Benaim’s style and brutal honesty. Often we are afraid to say what we really think and feel. Sabrina gives off the feeling in this poetry that she is still afraid, but is too tired of holding it all in. I originally received a copy of this from NetGalley to review. I got half way through it and bought a physical copy. So that might show how much I liked it. It’s good, man. Try it out. I’m immediately passing this off to whoever I can. “we cannot control what we remember but we can control how we remember”

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anusha Narasimhan

    I won't pretend to know a hoot about poetry, but this is a wonderful collection. Easily one of the best books I've read this year. I loved the poet's way with words. There are times when you feel something but don't know how to express it. You may not know how to explain your thoughts to others because you can't find the right words or the closest metaphor. Sabrina Benaim nails such emotions and views with beautiful imagery. Sometimes, you may be confused about your own feelings and books can help I won't pretend to know a hoot about poetry, but this is a wonderful collection. Easily one of the best books I've read this year. I loved the poet's way with words. There are times when you feel something but don't know how to express it. You may not know how to explain your thoughts to others because you can't find the right words or the closest metaphor. Sabrina Benaim nails such emotions and views with beautiful imagery. Sometimes, you may be confused about your own feelings and books can help you process them and understand yourself. That is what this poetry collection did to me. Part of it was relatable. Part of it was moving. All of it was beautiful. Highly recommended. Note: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher. This has not influenced my review in any way. A big thanks to Button Poetry for the ARC!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Anna (Tējtasītes blogs)

    Skaistas, izjustas un mūsdienīgas refleksijas par mīlestību un vientulību. Patīkams gada nogales pārsteigums. Nedaudz plašāk par krājumu izteicos arī blogā: https://wp.me/pL6Ka-54j

  30. 4 out of 5

    Konstantin

    2.5 It was a nice book, a short and quick read, and unfortunately nothing too memorable. The descriptions often seemed somewhat clichéd and there were plenty of stereotypes in there. I liked the parts when the author was honest, telling us what she has experienced and how she got through it, but it all got under-developed after a half. The construction of the poems themselves isn't very different from any free verse poetry I've encountered. There were some good metaphors, but it all felt too suga 2.5 It was a nice book, a short and quick read, and unfortunately nothing too memorable. The descriptions often seemed somewhat clichéd and there were plenty of stereotypes in there. I liked the parts when the author was honest, telling us what she has experienced and how she got through it, but it all got under-developed after a half. The construction of the poems themselves isn't very different from any free verse poetry I've encountered. There were some good metaphors, but it all felt too sugary and falsely sad - and that's not something I wanted to read about, as I live with anxiety and have fallen in depression many times. I do remember most of the verses of "Explaining My Depression to My Mother", as it was really exquisite. The line I am sleepwalking on an ocean of happiness I cannot baptise myself in was truly haunting and a beautiful use of language. Anyway, I did like this book but can't see myself getting back to it any time in the future - except, maybe, to the poem I've mentioned. ARC from NetGalley, thank you kindly.

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