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Where I Ache is broken up into six chapters ranging from themes such as depression, jealousy, death, and strength. These are delicate subjects to talk about and most people avoid them because of the uncomfortable vulnerability. I’ve always written and shared my poetry with the hope that readers would relate and feel less alone. I hope you feel a sense of community to all o ...more
Published June 10th 2019
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Shirley Cuypers
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This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Megan O’Keeffe!

Can you lay with me here
until I start feeling like myself again?

Where I Ache is a poetry collection about depression, jealousy, death, and strength. This collection has six chapters: My Foggy Head, My Weak Spine, My Bruised Heart, My Grieving Knees, My Greedy Green Eyes and My Soothing Arms.

One would think I’m addicted to my own pain
with the way I break my own heart.

Where I Ac
3.5 stars.


I love reading poetry.

I think that’s a fact that just about everyone who follows me knows by now.

I especially love discovering poetry that I’ve never before seen or read, and in the case of today’s review, this was the case.

In the most broadest sense, Where I Ache by Megan O’Keefe is a poetry collection focusing on the self. It is a self-journey through the ups and downs of life, of insecurities, of love, of loss. My initial thoughts whilst reading this
Rebecca L.
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
Read this review, along with an author interview, on my blog at !

Where I Ache is the second poetry collection by Megan O'Keefe. I love poetry and I particularly enjoy reading indie books, so I was very interested in this collection. I received an e-mail from this author asking if I would be interested in reviewing her book in exchange for a free copy. I was pleased for the opportunity. 

I'm embarrassed to admit how long it took me to write a review for this book. It was very dif
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I was provided a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Please check out my more in depth review for this (going up 5/13) and more on my blog: The Wandering Wordsmith

Though my history with modern poetry is rocky, I have really been enjoying the hard hitting collections this year, so I was delighted when Megan reached out to me and asked if I would review her poetry collection. She described it as a poetry collection broken up into 6 chapters ranging from them
Victoria Ray
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Where I Ache" is a poetry collection that encompasses heartbreak, depression, growth, and finding love. At least for me...
Writing style: more romantic than dark.

Consist from 6 parts (very creative):
- foggy head
- weak spine
- bruised heart
- grieving knees
- greedy eyes
- soothing arms

Target: female
Focuses on: personal transformation, grief, love, poetical self-help

The author shares her own perspective on love, loss, and emotion in poetry (life). Almost each poem creates* a safe space where women
Kristina (Books-and-dachshunds)
** Disclaimer: I did received a copy of this book from the author for review purpose. This has in no way, shape or form affected my opinion on it **

Full review on my blog!

Poetry around mental health will always be a soft-spot for me; as it does help. I was one to enjoy seeing how I was feeling portrayed, mostly in books. But while being someone who went through it, I am also the girlfriend of someone who’s currently suffering with it. So the little hopefuls and cheerfuls ones sometimes felt lik
Didi Oviatt
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Talk about touching on the kind of vulnerability level that everyone has, but few have the courage to speak out about. When I was contacted by the author after writing a review for Milk and Honey, I was a little reluctant to read it. I mean, Rupi really set the bar high! But now that I have, I can seriously say, "move aside Rupi, because Megan O'Keeffe is here to give you a run for your money."

This isn't the kind of poetry book you should read if you're looking for a laugh or upliftment, which i
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
First of all, I would like to thank Megan O'Keeffe for sending me an ARC of her poetry collection Where I Ache to read and review! I am quite late in giving my review, due to busyness in my work life, and so I do apologize for that. But I am here now and I am very happy to share my thoughts on O'Keeffe's collection. I believe this is her second poetry collection, and I am looking forward to seeing her hone her craft.

That said, I did have some issues with this collection, and there are many place
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, arc, ebooks
Where I Ache is a collection of poems that focus on difficult themes such as depression, death, vulnerability, and personal power. Illustrations accompany many of the poems as well, adding to the various themes.

Review: **I was provided a digital copy by the author in exchange for an honest review**

I’m always fascinated by the ways poetry changes throughout the years, and something I love about today’s poetry is just how straight-forward and powerful it is. Megan O’Keefe’s poetry is powerful, bea
Lauren Hancock
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found Megan O’Keeffe’s poetry collection Where I Ache a moving and relatable read which I enjoyed immensely. Arranged into six sections labelled as “My Foggy Head”, “My Weak Spine”, “My Bruised Heart”, “My Grieving Knees”, “My Greedy Green Eyes”, and “My Soothing Arms”, Megan explores the self and her world in terms of mental health, addiction, love, acceptance, loss and death in beautiful and poignant poems and phrasings, as well as moments of boldness and firm articulations. Her sparing use ...more
Steph Warren
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I received a free copy of this book, with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

Where I Ache is a sizeable volume of poetry, split into six parts labelled with parts of the body that allude to their thematic emotional link. For example, the ‘Greedy Green Eyes’ section covers jealousy and longing in many of its poems.

In an easy-to-read, accessible writing style, Megan O’Keeffe presents poetry that anyone who has ever loved, longed for or lost can identify with.
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Firstly, in the interest of full disclosure, I was kindly sent a free digital ARC of this collection by the author, in exchange for an honest review. but all the thoughts and feelings that I will discuss in this this review are 100% my own, true thoughts towards the book,

I was really surprised by how much I liked this collection! If you follow my reviews at all the you will know that I really don’t read a whole lot of poetry. It just isn’t something that I often find myself reaching for. But thi
Marlena Marie
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I did receive the electronic copy from the author, as many others have. I was asked to give an honest review.

This collection opens with a trigger warning, which is nice to have due to some of the content that is touched on in its pages. Reviewing poetry is difficult, for me, because of how subjective it is. I tend to like the darker sets of poetry that pull on my empathy, while touching on my own memories. There are mentions of depression and grief, however, in general, the way the poems progre
Pamela Scott
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it

(ebook from @DDateable and voluntarily reviewed)

The themes explored in this collection are wide ranging from depression and mental illness to death and grief. These can trigger painful memories but are also things most people relate to. Poetry needs to felt and related to or it just doesn’t work. Each poem in this bold collection spoke to me. Like most poems, I is used so it can be hard to know whether the poem is describing real events. I felt like the po
Esi ✨
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it
First of all, i loved the grouping of the poems. I am a sucker for chapters that indicate the changing of themes. The illustrations were also raw, they seem to be drawn by pencil, and they go well with the characters of the poems.

The first chapter was a bit too negative for me. That being said, there is a trigger warning in the beginning so i guess i knew what i was getting myself into. At first, this felt discouraging; i am not into the type of negativity without a resolution. However, the poem
Jun 10, 2019 rated it liked it
“Scars fade
but it’s like this
Pain was handmade
for me.”

This collection is about insecurities and abuse. It consists of 6 parts:
- My Foggy Head
- My Weak Spine
- My Bruised Heart
- My Grieving Knees
- My Greedy Green Eyes
- My Soothing Arms

This collection was beautifully written, but I didn’t connect with the most of it. This was too romantic for me.

Favorites are:
- Handmade
- Problem Child
- An Eleven Word Poem
- Crying
- The Woman Who Still Stands

I was provided a digital copy of this book from the author
Jupiter Grant
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are some really powerful passages in this, Megan O'Keeffe's sophomore offering, "Where I Ache". Divided into several categories, such as "My Weak Spine" "My Bruised Heart", the poems range in subject matter but all involve emotion and struggle in some way.

One of my favourite stanzas, and one that I think sums this collection up perfectly, is this:
"I hope you know you are safe with me. / I am old friends with Darkness, let yours tangle with mine." Recommended reading, and one that gets eve
Berry's Poetry Book Reviews
While the focus on romantic jealousy does make Where I Ache stand out a bit from the pack, this collection could, unfortunately, be easily confused with the army of inspirational poetry books that have been amassing over the years.
Megan O’Keeffe is a good writer...Her skill at creating an unseen dread is fascinating, and it will be even more fascinating to see how she hones that skill in the future.

Read the full review:
Kali Cole
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book definitely spoke to me especially through this really confusing and hurting situation that is happening to me right now. Megan O’ Keefe’s poems have such a pull and flow that touches your very core and speaks to your mind.
Lauren (Northern Plunder)
My review was first posted on Northern Plunder, you can read more of my reviews there too.

I want to open this review with the poem “Lay With Me” as it’s the first one that hit me in the gut.
I believe when reading poetry books you usually end up enjoying the ones that make you feel the most.
(I say this speaking from experience so perhaps it’s just a me thing. The experience being I read a Charle Bukowski collection on recommendation and whilst there was the odd one I liked, they didn’t really inv
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Where I Ache by Megan O’Keeffe is a book of poems about mental and physical pain, grief and loss. It is her sophomore collection and I have read an eARC of the book which is due for release on June 10th, 2019. Megan has written these poems to help people who relate to this understand that they are not alone. Though the subject is not a happy one, the book itself is not depressing for the reader, as one might initially expect.

The book is divided into six sections, each named after the part of the
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Megan's sophomore collection Where I Ache out June 10th!! Megan OKeeffe is an up and coming poet with her debut collection Cracked Open. She has been writing poetry for over a decade before publishing her work on her blog Debatably Dateable. A romantic at heart, Megan can’t help but draw inspiration from the love and relationships around her. Always developing her art though, Megan touches on ment ...more

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