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Depression & Other Magic Tricks is the debut book by Sabrina Benaim, one of the most-viewed performance poets of all time, whose poem "Explaining My Depression to My Mother" has become a cultural phenomenon with over 5,000,000 views.

Depression & Other Magic Tricks explores themes of mental health, love, and family. It is a documentation of struggle and triumph, a celebrat
Paperback, 75 pages
Published August 22nd 2017 by Button Poetry (first published August 18th 2017)
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I appreciate / this author as a poet / and I recognize that what she writes is poetry / but the formatting got / very / annoying / for / me / to / read

I didn’t understand / certain things that were going on / even though / I know it talks about depression / and heartbreak / and healing / and even though sometimes poetry is meant to be / confusing / and make you / think

there were some / individual lines / that were beautiful and gorgeously written / but as a whole / the poems were all over the
Aug 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, nonfiction, poetry
Waking up to the news that Sabrina Benaim had released a poetry collection genuinely put a smile on my face this morning.

Depression & Other Magic Tricks is the debut book by Sabrina Benaim, one of the most-viewed performance poets of all time, whose poem "Explaining My Depression to My Mother" has become a cultural phenomenon with over 50 million views. Depression & Other Magic Tricks explores themes of mental health, love, and family. It is a documentation of struggle and triumph, a celebration
Nov 04, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, mental-health
1.5 stars. Such a disappointment!

I was so excited for this collection because I loved her poem "Explaining Depression to my Mother", but it didn't meet my high expectations at all.
To be honest, I didn't like any of the poems in this collection except "Explaining Depression to my Mother"!

I expected to read poems about depression, but the collection focused on the failure of a relationship, how she missed her lover a lot, and how she can't get past this relationship.. which I didn't care that muc
[Shai] Bibliophage
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This poetry book of Sabrian Benaim should be included in the list of bestsellers! The poems included in this collection really captured how those who suffers depression or heartbreak really felt. I'd read some contemporary or present-day bestselling poetry books and those are incomparable on how really good this book is. ...more
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sometimes I need beautiful, empathizing words to help me process my mood when life goes a bit haywire. Poetry collection: Depression & Other Magic Tricks was glowing on my computer screen looking for reviewers so I took it as a sign that it was meant to be. As is typical with any art form, I found myself connecting with some of Sabrina Benaim's poems more than others but they were all very good. My favorites include Explaining My Depression To My Mother, Girl Beside You, A Plain Truth, How to Fo ...more
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
One poetry collection I have loved reading.

I am so glad I read this book which has everything regarding the feelings, the misunderstandings and the wants/needs of someone who is suffering from depression.
The lines analyse how depression actually is even when who you consider the closest to do not understand mental health illnesses and conditions, how it can affect those who are suffering from it but ending up misunderstood and misinterpreted as something they assume.
Only the one who is going thr
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
"i held hands
with my sadness,
sang it songs in the shower,
fed it lunch,
got it drunk
& put it to bed early."

I was delighted to receive an ARC of this book, because I've seen Sabrina's infamous poetry recitals floating around facebook and youtube, and love her rawness and authenticity. Unfortunately, her collection doesn't quite live up to expectations; I found that her best works were the ones I'd already heard and read, and a bit of the rest of the book is repetitive. That said, she's still an inc
I am torn.
Am I the only one who felt kinda meh?

I related to the poems about depression, they were seriously beautiful, it felt like reading about my own emotions sometimes.
There is something extremely vulnerable about this poetry collection, something genuine and real, which makes it hurt even more when you read it, reading about the author's depression and anxiety truly made me want to hide under my blanket and cry. It was beautiful.

But some of the poems . . . I felt like some of them were just
Amal Bedhyefi
Dec 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
I was eager to read this collection ever since I've heard her perform "Explaining Depression to my Mother" which i've found while scrolling down youtube.
However , and unfortunately , it didn't meet my high expectations at all.
To be honest, I didn't like any of the poems in this collection except that one.
I expected to read poems about depression, but the collection was rather on her love life failures .
I don't know if it is just me , but is this really poetry? i get it that nowadays modern poet
Cam (justabookeater)
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This collection hit me hard, in the best way possible. I didn't realize I had actually seen this poetess perform online before until I read one poem that seemed so familiar. This collection centers mainly on the author's depression and anxiety. The free verse demonstrates this constant struggle beautifully. I could easily relate to a great majority of the poems as someone who deals with these illnesses herself. ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
While I loved her on button poetry with her poem "Explaining depression to my mother" I have to say that this book didn't work for me. I was very excited when I saw that she was publishing a book, and was expecting it to arrive. Then I learned it was, obviously, a poem book rather than a book explaining or talking about depression as such. But I enjoyed so much seeing her reading/feeling the beforementioned poem that I thought "Why not? I know I don't usually go for this kind of books, but her i ...more
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
well I cried a lot
☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
I think it could've been a nice read but for some reason it didn't resonate with me at all.

Nothing striking.

The rest's as usual: random words gathered into prettying strings... The magic... it just wasn't in there.
Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
„We wanted to believe her when she said she was fine
Just fine / all right / okay / busy / good / okay / fine
We thought she would have come to us
If she was having any trouble we would have done anything to help
All we’ve ever wanted was for her to be happy
We did not understand why she would not stop crying
Even when we held her down to the couch begging her to“

Really beautiful texts about anxiety, depression and other illnesses.
Schizanthus Nerd
poetry and i usually don't mix / we repel like opposing ions / my synapses don't fire / when sparked by verse / however / a flame was lit at the start / kindled by depression and anxiety / yet heartbreak's oxygen did not fan the flames / satisfied yet / desiring more like / explaining my depression to my mother / a conversation

i don't know sabrina benaim / never heard her voice / yet depression and i are old buddies / we dance around each other / and make somber music / in the dark recesses of m
May 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, z2018, poetry
A lot of this was about heartbreak after a breakup and that’s not what I was expecting. It’s also not what I was interested in. I found some of her poems to be mildly interesting but others were lacklustre. I think she had a few interesting themes but again, the main focus was about heartbreak and to be honest, I found it boring.

I liked how she formatted poems in different ways but some of it was almost painful to look at and then other bits literally sounded like nonsense. I could sort of rela
Sara ➽ Ink Is My Sword
Copy provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you.

4 Perfect poetry for staged presentation Stars

"is it okay if my definition of free is yet to be determined..". Highly identify with this quote.

As a person who writes poetry and does slam poetry, I really enjoyed this compilation of poems. I have seen some average reviews because although some pieces really spoke to the reader's soul, it was mostly meh. I think these poems were written to be slam poetry, and after doing a
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sabrina Benaim is a performance poet popular on Youtube, and I had heard of her poem she wrote to explain her experience with depression to her mother. This collection included that poem and many others about Sabrina's experiences. Beautifully and poignantly written, every poem is deeply personal.

Thank you to Sabrina Benaim for bravely and eloquently sharing her experiences, and to the publisher and Netgalley, for the opportunity to read this collection fo poetry.
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, mental-health
This was really well written but I'm a little torn on it. Some poems were beautiful (especially the ones on mental health) but some were just okay so it's hard to rate as a whole.

"mom says where did the anxiety come
anxiety is the cousin visiting from out of town
depression felt obligated to bring to the party.
mom i am the party.
only i am the party i don't want to be at."

"if i am late it is because i was too anxious to leave"
Jan 04, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
I wanted to love this I really do, but I have way more problems than the formatting. Some of the book's pieces is honestly repetitive, and some where quite not in cohesion and jumbling about (I'm not sure if this is her intent or not). There were poems I've liked but I feel like this didn't really offer anything new, which is a shame cuz I love the concept the author was going for. Oh well, the entire book isn't really that bad. ...more
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Some of the Chapters were pure gold while others pulled on my heart strings. It was simply beautiful.

“ If I am holding you without hands how am I supposed to let go”
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Depression and Other Magic Truths is by Sabrina Benaim, Canadian poetess, spoken word and dance performer, she lives in Toronto. This superb debut poetry collection explores many truths surrounding the stigma of mental illness: depression is no longer a taboo topic, the many ways of coping and working through episodes, and most important, the path to recovery and wellness is possible.

Close to her mother, Benaim was concerned how she will talk to her: “explaining my depression to my mother”. In
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Nov 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
I don't read much modern poetry, but as someone with depression, I was quite drawn to the title of this collection. Benaim's collection is about her experiences with depression in several poems. I felt like it was very true and from the heart and for the most part I liked the poems. Some poems definitely resonated with me more than others - the romantic ones I didn't connect with much, but the ones about sadness and loneliness I felt in my bones.

Benaim has a voice that so direct and frank yet b
sher ⚘ (hiatus galore)
I'm reviewing this book provided by NetGalley.

Poetry, poetry, poetry. Oh, how complex, beautiful, and incredibly personal and public it can be.

I'm a huge fan of poetry, from Rumi to Langston Hughes, Marie de France to Edgar Allan Poe, Ernest Hemmingway to Lang Leav, and all the new, emerging poets. Everyone has a different taste in poetry, and for me, it varies. I love poems so nuanced that they suspend me in a state of infinite profundity. I love topics that discuss mental health, trauma, reco
Brandon Forsyth
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You might know Sabrina Benaim from her reading of "explaining my depression to my mother: a conversation", a video of which went viral this past spring. That poem is haunting, read with such passion that you can't help but be affected by it. The words are beautiful, honest and raw, but the reading is ground-shattering, tearful and anxious, on the verge of a collapse that brings out your best, empathetic self. Benaim's spoken word expertise adds an element that I feared I would miss in reading he ...more
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was ok

It was not what I expected honestly, I only liked a few poems and the format...perhaps it wasn't for me but in some parts it was really annoying to keep reading and it made me feel really frustrated.

The book is about the main character failing in her relationship and I understand it's awful but...I don't know how to express it but definitely not what I expected and not what I enjoyed the most. I'm actually pretty happy it was a short and fast read.
Anusha Narasimhan
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I won't pretend to know a hoot about poetry, but this is a wonderful collection. Easily one of the best books I've read this year. I loved the poet's way with words.

There are times when you feel something but don't know how to express it. You may not know how to explain your thoughts to others because you can't find the right words or the closest metaphor. Sabrina Benaim nails such emotions and views with beautiful imagery.

Sometimes, you may be confused about your own feelings and books can help
May 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I think...I actually...liked this???
Unsure if I enjoyed this because it really connected with me and my situations recently, or if because it felt like these were more original than most modern poetry I read.
Ammara Abid
i tell
my grandmother
i think love is
a hungry caterpillar
Actual rating: 1.5 ⭐️

Did not like the writing style and the content of this short collection of poetry.

Favourite poem:
on releasing light
in some stories,
the protagonist has to kill the bad thing to release its light.
in my story,
i am the protagonist & the bad thing,
i have to learn how to bend the light out of myself.
                          i can do that magic.
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“i held hands
with my sadness,
sang it songs in the shower,
fed it lunch,
got it drunk
& put it to bed early.”
“mom says where did anxiety come from?
anxiety is the cousin visiting from out of town
depression felt obliged to bring to the party.
mom, i am the party.
only, i am a party i don't want to be at.”
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