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Reviewed by Lori A. Moore for Readers' Favorite
If you’re wondering what this book by Candy Ann is about, it’s right there in the title, Love Lust and the Cold Hand of Suicide. It’s pretty dark. There are poems about getting high, suicidal thoughts, fake love, agony, pain, and more. This is definitely not your Disney book of poetry. The pieces are very personal and tell the story of a young girl with some issues and a lot of life lived in a few young years. They’re poems, but they’re also like short stories – very short stories, giving you glimpses into the author’s life and pain – so much pain. At just 32 pages, you can read it all in one sitting like I did, or a little at a time.
Candy Ann talks about doing loads of drugs, hoping the pain will go away, but it never does. It makes you wonder if this is fiction or non-fiction. Love Lust and the Cold Hand of Suicide is actually a very good read, despite the dark nature of the poetry. It’s impactful, honest, and in-your-face poetry. Reading Love Lust and the Cold Hand of Suicide will make you want to meet author Candy Ann to talk about her life and ask questions, and maybe even hug her to take the pain away for just one minute. This book of poetry is for people who don’t like poetry, because it’s full of short vignettes and packed with raw emotion; they will be able to understand what true poetry is all about as a genre.