Through this anthology, W. R. Watkins not only writes about his own life, but explores the themes of self-harm; world issues; bullying and romance.
W. R. Watkins allows the reader into his most personal, private moments, in the hope that no matter what the reader is going through in their personal lives, he hopes that through this book, he can reach out to them and let them know:
"You. Are. Not. Alone."
You. Are. Not. Alone. by W.R. Watkins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I'm grateful to the author for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for a review but this isn't my cup of tea - which is probably more telling of me than the author. I give the author an A for effort because it takes a lot of courage to compile a book of poetry but the subject matter isn't too my taste.
The book starts out melancholic, a little heavy on the angst. Each subsequent part of the book grows stronger, slightly more positive, as if watching the author grow from teen to young adult. I was hoping to hit more positive poetry at the end of the book, to help balance the feeling of despair, but it didn't happen and that desire is just that - my personal preference.
The other poems that I remember a week after reading are Mirror, Relapse (Part 1), and Cause of Pain - all which struck chords with my own battles with chronic illness and depression. It's difficult to be reminded of it.