Signs of Life: Poems for Remembering


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An honest and raw collection reminiscent of Kaur and Lovelace; following a journey from Trauma to Hope.

Bloom’s debut collection is immediately reminiscent of Kaur and Lovelace as she combines pithy thoughts with extended pieces which demonstrate Bloom’s talent for creating raw and honest imagery.

At times, this similarity let the collection down. My issue with the work of Kaur and Lovelace is how often the words read as discarded thoughts instead of poetry consciously crafted to evoke emotions within its readers. I often wish the four line poems in this collection, and others, were fleshed out - explored further - because instead I am left uncomfortably wanting.

Yet, Bloom illustrates a gorgeous talent for words in many of the pieces in Signs of Life. I loved the idea of the narrative journey - from Trauma to Hope. A journey one could experience in the short space of a year, or across a lifetime. The strongest chapters were Trauma, Grief, Loss and Hope.

Bloom drew metaphorical blood in nice boys

In fact I wish I felt as guilty
because resentment at my own
from the place you invaded me
to the back of my throat

and tugs on heartstrings in for your children.

She reminds us all of our past heartaches in tears:

on the night you left
the ocean
your footprints clean
from the sand
and I thought of you
as your sandcastles
from shore
like lost ghosts

and to my unborn daughter is a beautiful reminder of the fears and hopes which accompany creation.

Thus, despite lacking originality in places, Bloom is clearly finding her voice, and I look forward to watching her blossom.

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I am a writer, editor and English teacher based in the UK. I have self-published two poetry collections (Between the Trees and Flowers on the Wall). I enjoy reviewing poetry, short stories, literary fiction and historical fiction as well as working as a freelance editor and proofreader.


About the author

Meg Bloom writes poetry to reflect on life's journey, drawing from her own experiences and those close to her. She enjoys getting lost - be it in books, music and nature - and learning along the way. view profile

Published on October 01, 2019

Published by Bloom House Press

3000 words

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Poetry

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