somewhere between shadow and light


Loved it! 😍

Faer's collection is true to the title as her words shift and shimmer between shadow and light.

somewhere between shadow and light harnesses the power of short sentiments and detailed illuminations of the soul. Love, lust and sensuality float alongside loss, grief and fury in this collection; showcasing the kaleidoscopic nature of human experience.

The theme I felt permeated the entire collection, however, was liberation. There are pieces which explore the liberation of your body, your sexuality, your soul and your independence; all of which are incredibly powerful. Faer speaks as a woman who knows her own mind - a woman who has already learnt much from life.

Poems like 'Cocoon' and 'Slip' celebrated growth honestly, reminding the reader healing 'isn't linear'. Beside these short yet poignant poems are much longer pieces which I personally found to be the crowning glory of this collection. Faer certainly has a way with words; her longer pieces (like 'Shield') weave stories we can all relate to rather than sharing isolated experiences. The lines 'strange/as not caged' resonated with me in particular; the sense of being imprisoned for so long, freedom feels alien. Yet, we grasp for it and learn to become accustomed to the new, unfamiliar taste before finally calling it home.

All in all, somewhere between shadow and light is a journey of loss and of healing documented gorgeously by a writer who I look forward to seeing more from in the future.

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I am a writer and freelance editor/proofreader 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. I am the Editor-in-Chief for Free Verse Revolution magazine.

About the author

storyteller and poetess by birth she strives in her creative actions to focus her light in the right directions even through the toughest of shadows view profile

Published on August 08, 2019

Published by Smokeblood

30000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Poetry

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