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Because a Woman's Heart is Like a Needle at the Bottom of the Ocean

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Through fun and gore, love and monsters, Sugar Magnolia Wilson’s riveting first collection takes readers inside a world where past and present, fiction and fact, author and subject collide. Playful and yet not so sunny, these poems invite you in with extravagant and surprising imagery, only to reveal the uneasy, Frankenstein world within.
Paperback, First, 88 pages
Published March 2019 by Auckland University Press (first published 2019)
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Georgia
As beautiful and eclectic as the cover. I particularly enjoyed the original and unexpected similes and metaphors; like "grey clouds like quiet dogs" and "as if the wind had murmured through but it hadn't " or "how easily you eat the yolk of people's confidence! "

The writing is just so pretty and melancholic and bruised - and bruising, I have a million highlights;

"My grandmother, so many silk scarves gifted to her/...
stolen, thieved from her neck and thrown into the sea at Seatoun -- she gave up
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Marcus Hobson
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry-shelf
This is a very different collection of poetry, not least because of the different sections of the book. They divide the work into three discreet parts. We start with ‘Dear Sister’, nine separate letters to a sister. Then there are a range of different poems, reflections on a relationship, moving through different stages, and out of the other side. Finally, in ‘Pen pal’, there are fifteen letters addressed to a pen pal who seems disinclined to respond to all that is being said.

All three sections
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Shelley
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
My favourite poems in this collection were so awfully specific to the author that I couldn't help but feel as if I, too, an only child, understood what it meant to have a sister in California. Poems are so personal, I think. It's somewhat of a voyeuristic endeavour to experience someone else's loss, joy, confusion. And the wonder comes with being able to relate these specific experiences to parts of your own memory.

Sugar Magnolia Wilson (what a name) manages to combine the lyrical prose I fall t
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Genetic Cuckoo
May 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
This was a strange book of poems. I think it was juxtaposing beautful and unpleasant imagery to create contrast, but it felt uncomfortable at times. Most felt so fantastical they could be a fever dream.
I liked the mix of Asian and Western, and so I would likely recommend this to someone with mixed heritage or has lived and grown up in both regions, as they might relate and connect with this book.
Sarah
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
A diverse collection of poetry and brief fiction stories on many topics, some joyful and positive, and others quite dark and scary. Plentiful complex imagery and a couple of entries that I came back to re-read. I especially enjoyed “The Lake has a Long Memory”.
Simon Sweetman
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A set of strange, dazzling, brilliant poems. Some of the best I've read in a long time. Intriguing and commanding.
Katarina Moonshine
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A truly exquisite book.
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