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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
Can’t Think Straight is a sapphic poetry collection by Isabel Scheck. It focuses on the longing and immediate reactions to being close to a woman that you want to be with. There is a sweet simplicity to the writing that reflects a kind of youth and innocence that many will immediately connect with. Scheck’s Can’t Think Straight provides its audience with a world that some may not understand but may be curious about. And curiosity is like a specially honed tool or ability that we all come into this world with, although some of us lose it and become lesser versions of ourselves, walling our minds up to what might not make immediate sense to us. Can’t Think Straight pushes through that wall and lets readers explore new ideas in a way that feels accessible.
Isabel Scheck’s Can’t Think Straight poetry collection gave me a new perspective on what it would be like to see through someone of my own gender’s eyes and how they feel for that same gender. I found it not totally different but also unique at the same time. The lines that struck me the hardest were at the bottom of page 15: “The kaleidoscope of butterflies/never rests when I think about her./The butterflies are violent.” That woke my skin up. Violent butterflies are such an exquisite and exotic image, much like the poetry in Isabel Scheck’s Can’t Think Straight.