Poetry - General
65 Pages
Reviewed on 04/28/2024
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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Megan Speece's Her is a captivating collection of poems and poetic stories. Drawing inspiration from mythology and religious tales, Speece offers readers a mesmerizing collection, exploring some age-old narratives and giving them a new feminist twist along the way. 'He Tells Her' is a thought-provoking poem that shows how a patriarchal society views women. In the wars for power, ideologies, conquest, and religion perpetuated by and between men, women become the worst victims, aptly observed in the poem 'A Pawn.' 'The Worth' takes a shot at those creation stories where women have no role in creating first life. In 'Eve Interrupts My Reading,' Adam sees Eve not as someone who has sinned but as a person with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge who has value and enriches the world.

Her is one of the most inspired poetry collections I've read this year. Megan Speece's poetry defies expectations and sheds light on the plight of women throughout history and mythology while crafting a narrative that gives these women the power to create new stories and forge their own destinies as goddesses. Speece displays a refreshingly distinct lyrical flair that poetry lovers are bound to savor. Using free verse, the author pens some illuminating verses that linger in your mind long after you've finished reading. The poetic storytelling is riveting, as Speece seamlessly incorporates relevant social issues concerning women with mythological tales, creating an absorbing narrative. Apart from the poems, the book also contains some beautiful artwork that brings vibrant colors to the pages. I thoroughly enjoyed this collection and heartily recommend it to poetry lovers.