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Reviewed by Adam Mann for Readers' Favorite
Vironika Wilde shares with her audience the emotional pain and journeys that come from trying to overcome childhood trauma in Love and Gaslight. Each poem is written as if she’s reflecting on moments in her life affected by her scars. She doesn’t know how to fix this part of herself that’s still broken, but she’s always trying. As the volume progresses, so does she, as she comes to grips with the reality of herself and processes what’s happened in her life. A person can’t help but empathize with her.
Even beyond their emotional power, Wilde’s poems are very well written. Love and Gaslight is broken up into sections, and the sections are tied together by continuing ideas. For example, there are multiple “Note to Self” poems spread across all the sections. Most of it is free verse, but the free verse is still patterned. Each line is made for a reason; it’s not jumbled and all over the place. The order was refreshing amidst the chaos of the subject matter; it was a great contrast. I’ve read many modern poets, but very few artists, and even fewer learned artists. It’s clear to me Vironika Wilde not only has a poet’s heart and mind, but she has put the time in to learn her craft. A true artist in the vein of Emily Dickinson, Maya Angelou, or even Walt Whitman. Love and Gaslight is absolutely worth a read: poets like her don’t grow on trees.