Poetry - General
218 Pages
Reviewed on 01/26/2022
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Reviewed by Anelynde Smit for Readers' Favorite

Convalesce by Enne Zale is not for the faint of heart. Her words strike deep as she bares her soul to the reader. You are inside her mind, you feel her depth, her pain, her heartbreak and you relish it. She doesn’t hold back as she takes you through her world. There are some poems you wish you could read again, and others you wish you had not seen. Her world, her pain, her victory. In one poem she says, “and I can’t fit into the skin, I once wore so proudly,” which was a shock because I thought she was reading my mind. She speaks to your heart and you can almost hear her voice. With beautiful illustrations that paint a very vivid picture of her words, you feel like she is sharing her deepest of feelings, her inner soul, her greater goodness, and her spirit. This is a must-have for any poetry lovers out there. This is defiantly something different in the best sense possible

Convalesce by Enne Zale was a raw but riveting experience. There was so much about love, all types of love and even abusive love. She calls herself a puppy at one point, which every girl in love has felt. She captures your heart with such honey-coated words. I felt love and pain, but also hope. These are not just random thoughts written down. As a poet, I know these are brutal truths. She pulls no punches and lets you have a front-row seat to her soul. Impressive, true, and authentic. This is not for random readers looking to indulge in poems; this is for the broken and the love-lost who are seeking asylum. Her words soothe and calm, rise and fall, and they are brave. This book touched my heart.

Clarissa Pattern

Enne Zale is incredibly talented. The cover art is incredibly striking and immediately makes this poetry collection stand out. The poems are also interspersed with occasional sketches that add to their poignancy and meaning.
She introduces her work with these powerful lines:

" It is the book of a bubble-wrapped girl

Who was unboxed too early.

A toy who was given to the wrong set of hands"

And what follows is a series of poems that explore love, lust, and romance inside out. Moments of hope and happiness are juxtaposed with broken promises and loss. Comfort can be found in this volume, as well as the raw truth of what adult relationships feel like.

"If it can’t be confused for assault

You aren’t loving me right"

The poet bares her pain and her self-doubts in a way that so many people will be able to relate to.