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This highly-anticipated second volume of poetry and short stories combines the forces of some of the most popular poets of 2019.

[Dis]Connected presents poems and short stories about connection wrapped up in a most unique exercise in creative writing. Follow along as your favorite poets connect with each other; offering their poetry to the next person who tells a story based on/>
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Published October 1st 2019 by Central Avenue Publishing
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Joseph Spuckler
[Dis]Connected is an experiment in writing. Have a poet write a poem then have another poet read it and write a short fiction inspired in some way by that poem. That inspiration can be on a theme or even a single line of the poem. Then that poet starts another cycle for someone else. In the second Volume of [Dis]Connected Michelle Halket chooses ten young poets for the project. The "dis" and the "connected" come into play as poets base their prose on a poem. There can be a strong connection to t ...more
Jessica C Writes
I don't read many anthologies, so when I went into this one, I wasn't sure what to expect. I was so pleasantly surprised. The first story really took me away to another world, and the rest of the stories after kept me there. I was so entranced by each and every story- they all had so much pain, so much emotion behind them. A couple of them felt a little too similar to me, which is why I knocked off a star, but overall it was incredibly beautiful.

I've actually never read any prose by poets whose
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Barbara (The Bibliophage)
Editor and publisher Michelle Halket showcases work from ten poets in [Dis]Connected: Poems & Stories of Connection and Otherwise Volume 2. Each of the ten poets submitted three poems, which are interspersed between short stories from the same writers. Halket chose a specific order, then asked that the short stories reference a line or two in the poem just before them. She uses this as just one way to illustrate connection and disconnection, the collection’s main themes. It’s an interesting ...more
Jessica C Writes
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't read many anthologies, so when I went into this one, I wasn't sure what to expect. I was so pleasantly surprised. The first story really took me away to another world, and the rest of the stories after kept me there. I was so entranced by each and every story- they all had so much pain, so much emotion behind them. A couple of them felt a little too similar to me, which is why I knocked off a star, but overall it was incredibly beautiful.

I've actually never read any prose by poets whose
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Alyssa Marie
I'm sadly very underwhelmed with this. I enjoyed the first volume, it wasn't a favorite but a lot of the stories and just the format alone were good. It's a shame because this started off really strong with the first short story which was honestly a five stars for me, but the following two just drew me out completely. I also didn't connect with the poetry, which is pretty rare for me. I just found it very boring and pointless honestly. I really wanted to love this,but I just couldn't even finish ...more
Cheryl
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked the premise for this collection, which was that one poet wrote something, and then another poet would write something inspired by the first piece, and so on. The poets featured are eclectic, with a god mix of style and subject matter, and I can definitely say that I will be coming back to this collection again and again - there are some real gems that I am already looking forward to rereading.

NOTE: I was provided with a free ARC copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an h
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Teri B
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Refreshing.

This is the word that comes to mind once I have finished reading the poems and short stories contained within this book.

Are they connected? Disconnected? They are and they are not. At some point I felt like the stories I had read at that point were each so far apart from each other than possibly could be. But then, in the end, it is all about human experience, how it hits us and how we deal with it depending on where we stand, where we are coming from, where we are headed towards. ...more
Krys
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher I was able to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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[Dis]connected is chock-full of talented writers and is an interesting premise. Each of the authors writes a poem and a short story, the caveat is the short story is connected to the poem (by a different writer) before it. It’s really interesting and fun to see how each writer took the poem given to them and put their spin on what it meant or what it inspired them to write. This is
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Megan McCaffrey
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This review was originally published on my blog, Megan Reads.
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One afternoon at school, I played a game with my friends: one person would write a poem and the next person had to add to it. It was fun to see our different styles and interpretations. This anthology is somewhat similar. In [Dis]connected, each of the ten authors write a poem and another author writes a story based on it.

I liked t
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Savannah
[Dis]Connected presents poems and short stories about connection wrapped up in a most unique exercise in creative writing. Follow along as your favorite poets connect with each other; offering their poetry to the next person who tells a story based on the concept presented to them. With poetry, stories, and art, this is a one-of-a-kind presentation of connection and collaboration by Alicia Cook, Tyler Knott Gregson, Courtney Peppernell, Noah Milligan, Komal Kapoor, N.L. Shompole, Caitlyn Siehl, ...more
Ari Augustine
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's a rare occasion that I read an anthology of poetry and so thoroughly love the written compilation that I find it difficult to close the book for breaks. But this was, surprisingly, the case for [Dis]Connected.

A devourable read from popular poets, this collection is bursting with poems and lines that dare to explore what it means to connect, to unplug, to attempt to fill the empty space between humans. All the works shared themes of love and loss, hurt and healing, but overall, the collecti
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HollyLovesBooks
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first time reading one of these collections of short stories and poetry from different authors that was put together in this way. I completely enjoyed the premise behind this project and will need to go back and find Volume 1. There were some stories that I connected with more than others, but I think, as with any collection of stories, that is part of the point. They are meant to have a general them but not necessarily speak to each person in the same way.
And that new cover is
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Victoria
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This highly-anticipated second volume of poetry and short stories combines the forces of some of the most popular poets of 2019.

I love this series of books. How one writer can create an idea, and then another to come along read that idea and make something new from it makes for somerthing great and this book is certainly proof, straight from the beginning of the book. ‘Strangers Tomorrow’ by NL Shompole, will break your heart. Inspired by the work of Gregson before her in this book t
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Laurel
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, arc
The concept behind this collection intrigues me, and I loved reading the connected stories and poems by different writers.

I love the premise behind Michelle Halket creating this collection as well and her passion for it shines through.

I enjoyed reading it, and I recommend to poetry and short story lovers!

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley.
Kelly Furniss
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A collection of short stories and poems from twelve poets/authors. Each writes using a line from the others poem/story. Themes of loss and love crop up more than once but yet the general subject matter is rather eclectic as are the different approaches and style, it is nice to see how just how they can vary. Very emotional at times and certain ones made me stop and reflect.
A nice collection to dip in and out of around my books.
Shelly Seward
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an engaging collection of poetry and short stories. I liked how they all connected in some way. A couple of the short stories left me wanting to know more about the people in the story. I haven't read the first book in this collection but after reading this one, I do want to.

***Thanks to NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Pamela Scott
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ARC from @CentAvePub via #NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed

I really enjoyed this collection and I thought the concept was very original. I would have preferred more poetry and the bulk of the collection is short stories. The best pieces were by Courtney Peppernell, Wilder, NL Shompole and Alicia Cook. There are some poems and stories I loved and some that didn’t completely work. However, I enjoyed the whole collection. The best story is Strangers Tomorrow and it is heart-br
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Courtney
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This collection of short stories and poems made my heart ache, but in the best way possible. All of the pieces were so emotional and many touched on devastating loss in a way that I haven’t found much elsewhere; which is something I’ve looked for in many books I’ve read since losing my best friend. When you’ve experienced something so deep and personal as loss/grief and then find stories that can so beautifully express your own feelings, it really reminds you why reading is so important. No matt ...more
Courtney
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
This collection of short stories and poems made my heart ache, but in the best way possible. All of the pieces were so emotional and many touched on devastating loss in a way that I haven’t found much elsewhere; which is something I’ve looked for in many books I’ve read since losing my best friend. When you’ve experienced something so deep and personal as loss/grief and then find stories that can so beautifully express your own feelings, it really reminds you why reading is so important. No matt ...more
Mo
Jun 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC Given by NetGalley for Honest Review

This collection of short stories was neither here nor there for me. In fairness this is an uncorrected ARC but some of the flow through stories felt choppy and (no pun intended) disconnected. On the positive side, the stories were overwhelmingly interesting to read and some really made me wish that I'd have a whole novel to pore over! For example the story about the character who goes into people's memories and removes the painful ones to bring peace wa
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Kathy
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a Volume 2 follow-up of last year's experiment where a group of current poets each summit a poem based on our connectedness or disconnectedness, and another poet writes a short story based on a line or feeling from the poem. It worked then and it works now.

I enjoyed this read for several reasons:
- it again proves that those with a way with words always carry their skill with them and can use it for other forms of written expression.
- I enjoyed seeding how the connection bet
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Kade Gulluscio
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Thanks NetGalley!

Courtney Peppernell is one of my "favorite" poets, so when I saw her name on this book, i was intrigued immediately.

This is a collection of short stories and poetry... It's the second book in the series. I personally haven't read book one yet, but you can read this one without the first of course.

there are so many beautiful things in this book.. I read it quickly in one day. You sh ould too!
Kendra
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In this collection, 12 writers contributed poems, and then each one wrote a story using a line from a different writer’s poem. The result is very uneven. None of the works particularly stand out, and the stories’ incorporations of lines from the poems—which are bolded in the stories—are forced and awkward. I’d rather have read more work from each author without the gimmicky structure of the collection.
Tina
Jul 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This is a collection of poems and short stories that are all connected. As expected with all anthologies there were some short stories and poems that I loved and others were just okay. I am really glad that I read it as the short stories that I loved will definitely stay with me.
Rather.be.reading1
Not what I was expecting. I thought it was poems but it was more short stories. Each one had great lessons; some were heartbreaking. Loved each of the stories.
CloudOfThoughts_Books Keirstin
Great poetry, great book! Than you Netgalley and the publisher for an arc copy this book in exchange for an honest opinion.
Emma
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Potential Trigger Warnings: Alcohol abuse, death of a sibling, child abuse

Thank you to NetGalley and Central Avenue Publishing for the digital ARC of this book! Also thank you to Central Avenue Publishing for granting my wish to read this collection. All my opinions are my own.

"[Dis]Connected" is a poetry and short story anthology that I found to be so creative. Some of the most popular poets of this year came together and inspired each other's work, by writing a poem for another
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Michelle Kidwell
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dis]Connected
Poems & Stories of Connection and Otherwise Volume 2

by Courtney Peppernell; Tyler Knott Gregson; Noah Milligan; Caitlyn Siehl; Raquel Franco; Wilder; Alicia Cook; Komal Kapoor; KY Robinson; NL Shompole

Central Avenue Publishing

General Fiction (Adult) , Poetry

Pub Date 01 Oct 2019

I am reviewing a copy of (Dis)Connected: Poems and Stories of Connection and Otherwise Volume Two:

In this highly anticipated se
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Danielle
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, poetry, kindle
TW: loss of a child, loss of a parent, alcoholism

Never let them see you cry. Hold your head high. Know you are the prettiest girl in the room, and if you don't feel it, fake it.

Actual rating 4.5 stars. It is really rare for me to read an anthology of poetry and short stories and absolutely fall in love with every story that is being told. I loved these stories sooo much and the concept is really cool as well. The concept is to have one person write a poem, then have anoth
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Fiona Moreira
Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I found so many of these short stories lacked any real substance and didn’t really have any conclusion. Disappointing
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