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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Inside an Anxious Mind is a book of prose and poetry, written by C.A. Boone. Each poem deals with different parts of the day, such as morning, noon and night, as well as the many things which cause a person to feel anxious. The poems analyze the writer’s thoughts and feelings, filled with obsession, anxiety and guilt. Collectively, they all represent one day in the life of the author. From the moment she wakes, paranoia takes hold, as C.A. Boone takes a step outside of her comfort zone, observing those who are watching, whilst trying to decipher their thoughts by the way they are looking at her. As a black woman with a baby, she feels a sense of anxiety as she steps into the public eye, but most of the people she encounters simply smile, wanting to admire such a beautiful child.
Each poem encompasses a new part of the day, along with the aggregate feelings that each day brings; the author easily conveys her thoughts, feelings and interpretations in this time. At the end of the day, while C.A. Boone lies in bed, hoping for the peace and quiet that rest should bring, the thoughts inside her mind do not still and she is restless. Anxiety takes over once again, ensuring that not a moment’s peace is felt by the author. As a prolific sufferer of Agoraphobia with Panic Disorder and PTSD, I am able to relate to the messages which C.A. Boone conveys with each verse. When the mind is a muddle of chaos, disorder, trouble and torment, some days can be almost impossible to face, especially with a child. I enjoyed the journey that Inside an Anxious Mind took me on, and recommend it to those who are curious, or who are familiar with the feelings which anxiety disorder brings.