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"i fear
i am beginning to lose
what little sanity
i previously held claim to"

CONTROL is quite possibly Kara's darkest collection yet.
Written during their various stays in the psychiatric ward at the hospital, it is an unflinchingly honest depiction of a life marked by trauma. As the name implies, it studies their relationship (re: obsession) with control. The v
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Published January 30th 2020
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Autumn
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Kara Petrovic and their team for gifting me with a free copy of this book via Goodreads Giveaways.

see, i am Borderline
i wear a sign
that reads AVOID
since all I am
is A VOID
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Control. is, above all else, a lovely, well-crafted rumination on abuse, mental illness, self-worth, trauma, and more. Petrovic utilizes a wide variety of poetic fixtures to tell their story, with different forms of poetry, allusions ranging from the goddess Hestia to the #MeToo movement, and images of rotting,
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K.C. Finn
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite.

Control is a collection of poetry with explicit and shocking themes, and was penned by author Kara Petrovic. Part of a strong movement of provocative artwork and dark themes, the author tackles issues such as suicidal thoughts and actions, practices of self harm, sexual assault and the outlying trauma that patients suffer psychologically after these terrible events have taken place. Written during their stays in a hospital’s psychiatric ward, these ver
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Please Pass the Books
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
CONTROL. is the third collection of poems written by prolific poetess Kara Petrovic, preceded by Beyond Rock Bottom and Forget-me-not. In another deeply personal, soul baring compilation, Petrovic delivers over two dozen free verse poems divided into three distinct sections, each titled Methods of Coping and numbered as I, II, and III, with a poetic preface and afterword as well. Touching on a range of painful topics that range from mental health issues and drug abuse, to self harm, physical and ...more
Gina
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a morbid exploration of self loathing- it’s dark and it’s beautiful. I have been following Kara’s work for some time and they are a true talent with grit and authenticity. They take on feeling of inadequacy that only I believed I felt about myself. Do not read this expecting to be made comfortable but if you’re ready to process and dissects aspects of self and image and you are not afraid to be taken out of your comfort zone I highly recommend this read. Also I really appreciate how Kara ...more
Elizabeth
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
By the reading of this poetry, it feels like we access a part of her brain. I felt like I was listening to her thinking.

It’s raw. Rude words. Most of the time I couldn’t understand what was written.
We can understand that the author is in a dark place. At least, she knows it.

I’m not used to reading poetry, nor reading dark books.
Still, I liked it because it felt true.


Zoë
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing, amazing, amazing. It moved me to tears several times. Highly recommended if you want to understand what it feels like to drown in one's own mind. ...more
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Excellent book!!!
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Kara Petrovic is a 24 year old author. They are nonbinary and pansexual. Their pronouns are they/them.

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