This Week, I Read Vanessa Maki: the chosen one

Image credit: Sharon McCutcheon via Unsplash “once i took my first breath/i should have been told/’welcome to the hellmouth.’” So begins Vanessa Maki’s chapbook of Buffy the Vampire Slayer-themed poems, the chosen one. Equal parts homage to the show, and confessional poems, the book seamlessly weaves references to the show with Maki’s own experiences and…

This Week, I Read Vanessa Maki’s Haunted Mind

Image Credit: MontyLov via Unsplash *Content Warning: The book reviewed contains discussion of suicidal thoughts and self-harm.* For the record, I will always promote books which discuss taboo subjects in a way that is meaningful and seeks to shed light on those subjects. Haunted Mind is one such book. “i’m your//devourer / your chaos /…