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Wildfire Heart

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Chronicling the aftermath of a failed relationship, Kanika Lawton’s Wildfire Heart dances through anger and violence and grief.

A powerful collection, these eight poems sting like a lover. They know where the bruises are and cut right to the bone.
ebook, 15 pages
Published January 28th 2018 by The Poetry Annals
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Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2k18, ebook, poetry
a strong collection of poems where the author's anger rings achingly true in its right to exist with each verse, using intricate and clever imagery. i especially liked Epitaph For Burning Palm Trees, Los Angeles 2016 after poet Richard Siken, and will look further into Lawton's work.
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Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
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watch me fall into the arms of anyone who will look my way / find god in the line of your jaw and break it / and wipe us all off the map


We didn't bury each other deep enough.

4.5 stars.
Reading these poems made me feel nostalgic and remember how my relationship with poetry changed over the years. Lawton captured all the words and feelings I had when I was just a bit younger, and it's probably more a testament to have much I've grown when I can read these poems now without feeling so bruised or connected to them. Honest, if perhaps a little simplistic, but "Wildfire Heart" is a perfect little encapsulated world one can dive into, enjoy, and resurface back out from again.
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Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it
"find god in the line of your jaw and break it"
"I didn't want you to be the first / boy to say 'I love you' to me"
"So the boy wanted to live inside your body / without paying any rent and you let him stay / because hey / it beats living all alone"
M. G.
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it
i went back to the ocean and asked her / how many bones have i dug up with my graveyard mouth? / and all she could say was:

“you’re a cemetery just like me.”

A bit of a hit and miss but Lawton gets some really stellar lines in there...
Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it
My fav was "There's blood everywhere but He's too busy kissing me to care"
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'I love you sounds like getting your teeth pulled out'
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Shelves: 2018, women, poetry
best poem title ever, "epitaph for burning palm trees, los angeles 2016."
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Kanika Lawton is a Toronto-based writer and editor. She holds a BA in Psychology with a Minor in Film Studies from the University of British Columbia and an MA from the University of Toronto's Cinema Studies Institute. A multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, she is the Editor-In-Chief of L'Éphémère Review, a 2018 Pink Door Fellow, and a 2020 BOAAT Writer's Retreat Poetry Fellow. Her ...more

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