intricacies are just cracks in the wall is an novel that explores a woman's recovery from an abusive relationship through a collection of poetry. The story gives raw authenticity to the experience of mental health disorders, relational abuse, and the pains of self-discovery.
Cassidy finds herself falling deeper into an abusive relationship and must discover strength enough to sever ties and move forward. A tale of self-discovery and battles with mental illness, intricacies are just cracks in the wall explores Cassidy's emotional and physical experience of herself. Split into three sections, the collection follows her journey from self-destruction, acceptance, defiance, misery, and discovery in a non-linear manner that does justice to her authenticity as a woman and as a poet.
intricacies are just cracks in the wall by Sarah Margaret Henry is a collection of writing that tells the story of Cassidy, a young woman, who moves out of her family home and starts a new job in a new state. The story is straight forward with the ups and downs that can be expected in starting a new life for the first time --New city, new people, new relationships, and a world that can seem uncaring.
The early writing left me wondering if this would be another in the current trend of clipped platitudes and trite phrases masquerading as poetry by Instagram sensations. But, the writing evolves. It expands and contracts in step with Cassidy's experience as do her plants. Emotional bullet points can suddenly explode into sonnets when least expected fully restoring my faith in the writing.
Although I (middle-aged male) am far from the target audience and probably do not appreciate fully the struggles of Cassidy and her new life, I can appreciate writing and the style used by Henry. I do prefer more structured and formal poetry, but intricacies are just cracks in the wall will appeal to younger readers in their twenties or for fans of the current trend of poetry.
Joseph Spuckler has a Masters Degree in International Relations and a deep appreciation for poetry and Modernist writers. He is a Marine Corps veteran and works as a mechanic devoting his off hours for motorcycling and reviewing poetry. Originally from Cleveland, he currently resides in Dallas.