Composition of a Woman

Poetry - General
132 Pages
Reviewed on 07/24/2018
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Author Biography

Christine E. Ray is a writer and freelance editor who lives outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her writing has been featured in SpillWords, fēlan poetry & visual zine, Nicholas Gagnier’s Swear to Me (2017), Anthology Volume I: Writings from the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective (2018) and will appear in Gagnier’s upcoming All the Lonely People.

Christine fell in love with writing poetry in her 50s . It is her therapy, diary, and confessional. It is deeply personal, deeply human, and relatable.

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Reviewed by Justine Reyes for Readers' Favorite

Composition of a Woman is written by independent author, poet, and blogger, Christine E. Ray. Ray is known for her website Brave and Reckless where she blogs about poetry, writing, and fiction. In her book, Composition of a Woman, Ray puts forth her personal life experiences for her audience. The poems are broken up into five different sections: Nerve, Brain, Breast, Rib, and Blood. Each section revolves around a specific subject, for example, Brain delves deep into the emotions and effects of mental health and depression. Meanwhile, Breast covers the subject of love and romance. Some poems are light hearted, while others are weighed down by their context.

“It is a revelation as if I have never heard my name before,” is a line from Ray’s poem Amen. The poem is about the uncertainty that comes with romantic love, something many of us can relate to. With every word written, I feel as though Ray is not only sharing her life experiences as a woman, but telling the untold and sometimes silenced stories of other women as well. Composition of a Woman is a beautiful book that any woman will be able to pick up, read, and relate to. Despite how dark it can get, it does not paint women as weak; it portrays vulnerability and the strength within us. I implore women of all ages to read Christine E. Ray’s Composition of a Woman; it will leave you feeling a wave of relief, as though at last there is someone out there that has walked many miles in your shoes and truly understands.