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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
“Heal, Reflect, and Love.” This is Gabriella Meghan’s mantra that she hopes readers can relate to and utilize. Tiny Mirrors seems to be an ambiguous title at first, but the opening poem with the same name offers the clarification that I interpret as persevering through life and its obstacles while healing at the same time. “Looking inwards, / Squinting / I try to scrape the surface. / Constant battle. / Finding these Tiny Mirrors / Along the way."
The first poem in this collection that I’ll gratefully internalize is Faux Pas: “The beauty of reality is in imperfections”. It’s self-explanatory, and the subject matter is a familiar one but perhaps not pondered on enough or often ignored. Then there’s Pain, which is a daughter’s emotional outlet to her father. “If my own father could scar me in such ways, so could any living, breathing being.” The heartfelt plea of The Light is for those who have been affected by suicide or are struggling with the thoughts of it. "Hold onto the pure white light of / Hope and Life. / Breathe in Sweet Child."
Some poems are vividly complemented with illustrations by different artists. As a coffee lover, Subliminal Coffee Stains, Hazelnut Chills, and Coffee Stained Lips felt oddly satisfying poetically, interpretatively, and visually, despite their different moods. The seductive Unapologetically You ends the collection, which also gives a sense of one’s triumph over any hardships and embracing one’s identity without fear. Gabriella Meghan juxtaposes pain and healing, love and hate, evokes memories, enthuses over her lover, about intimacy and much more. Overall, Tiny Mirrors is perfect in its simplicity and its candor.