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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
Catharsis by Shania Saunders is a heart and mind-moving collection of poetry that reverberates long after reading it through. The assemblage is broken down into four parts and appears to be a chronological poetic narrative. It reads much like a story, bringing you moments of sadness and then moments that are lifted, as though out from under a dark cloud. Saunders’ ability to translate experience onto the page and create a world that the reader can see in full spectrum, within a limited amount of words, is a true gift and power.
Shania Saunders' Catharsis reads like a brilliant mixture of diary entries with poetic perception. It comes across as relatable. Her lines stick out in their unique way. Three such lines that jutted out towards me were on page 20, taken from the poem “Addiction”. “I am not ready to face the root of this. / To connect the dots back to the beginning/ So I don’t.” I think that as readers and human beings in general, we all suffer from this at some point or another. And the way that Saunders reaches across such a wide expanse to “connect” us to her work and to one another is perfectly seamless. There is much that can be taken in and learned from Saunders’ Catharsis. It is a journey that charts a life that was shattered to a life that has been healed, along with the encouraging persevering words that anyone can stitch themselves back together to an even better made self.