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4.65  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  12 reviews
This debut full-length hybrid collection of essays and poetry explores the moments of joy and chaotic hilarity that mingle with the experiences of trauma and trauma recovery. Jane Marshall Fleming writes with a boldness and shows the beauty in every moment of her life amidst the darkness of violent chaos, embracing joy just as much as darkness. Moving from a backdrop of a ...more
Paperback, First Edition Print, 154 pages
Published April 4th 2020 by Rhythm & Bones Press (first published April 1st 2020)
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Thank you so much to Rhythm & Bones Press, LSBBT, and the author for providing me with an advanced ecopy in exchange for an honest review.


I didn’t know what to expect when I first picked up my copy of Violence/Joy/Chaos . If I’m being honest, I was lured in by the enchanting cover art created by the author’s brother, Jordan Aman. I was drawn to the dark chaos of the birds, while simultaneously being comfo
Ruthie Jones
"I was a child playing hopscotch without the chalk lines to hold me in."

Violence/Joy/Chaos by Jane Marshall Fleming is a visceral collection of poems and essays about a life of heartache, joy, pain, drugs, loss, and healing. The raw emotions pouring from this collection is breathtaking and disconcerting. Jane’s young life has been spread across valleys and mountains—atmosphere and earth. This outpouring of honesty is unchained and floats across the pages and into the reader’s mind and heart. Bot
Ariel Hess
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Disclaimer: This review is solely my opinion. I was provided a copy of this book from Lone Star Literary Life partner in exchange for my honest review.  The comments in this review do not reflect the views of the author or the publisher. The copies used in this review are finalized copies sent to me in exchange for my honest review.  #partner #LSBBT

There aren't too many words that I could use to fully describe how beautifully written this book of poetry is written. This book of poems flows wonde
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The words. It's all about the beautiful and pristine and hurtful words that makes this book well worth reading. From the very beginning, the author does a great job of grabbing you in with her wonderfully used words that it just intrigues you to finish this book so that you can read more beautifully, tragic sentences. When the author writes about love, she writes it all down in a poetically induced atmosphere. And when she is hurting and clinging to the words of her ex-lover, she seamlessly mirr ...more
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you’ve experienced trauma of any dimension,
If you want to cry,
If you’ve experienced loss,
If you’ve found self love to be a challenge,
If you love poetry,
If you don’t love poetry,
If you feel the earth as more than mud and grass,
If you’re struggling with addiction,
If you’ve experienced heartbreak,
If you’ve struggled with abortion,
If the rain against your skin feeds your soul,
If you feel alone,
If you love good literature,
If you want to read a book cover to cover,
Buy this.
Never have I felt so emb
Lannie Stabile
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I gotta' admit I'm not a creative non-fiction kind of reader, but there's just something about this collection that wooed me. It's honest and powerful and, though a lot of unimaginable things occur, surprisingly relatable. Jane, thank you for pulling your ribs apart and letting me in for awhile. ...more
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Featured on Lone Star Book Blog Tours. Lone Star Blogger Team average rating: 4.75 stars. ...more
Cat ♡
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In her hard-hitting full-length chapbook debut, “Violence/Joy/Chaos”, Jane Marshall Fleming offers to “let (her) teach (us) how to read (her)”. In poems and essays that chronicle trauma, grief, and recovery, she does just this. Early in the chapbook, Fleming states both that “survival is to love oneself despite violence” and that “recovery is loving oneself violently”. These statements came to me as a reader at a time when I needed them most.
There are several triggering topics discussed in this
Vincent Rando
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Violence/Joy/Chaos is a striking portrait of a young woman, a memoir of the fascinating path her life has taken thus far. More poetry than prose, the sense of who this remarkable woman is comes through on each page. Her highs, her lows, her joys, her sorrows- all is delivered in a way that makes you feel you've known her forever. It isn't reading for the faint of heart. She doesn't shy away from her pain, instead delivering it as she feels it. This makes it stand put amongst auto-biographical wo ...more
Stacia Aman
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mature adults
Jane Marshall Fleming boldly practices radical vulnerability in this autobiographical collection of essays, narratives, and poetry. She masterfully and carefully reveals her personal stories though vivid imagery and at times brutally raw staccato that her editor, Tianna provides on single pages- perhaps because I as the reader either needed to stand at a distance from the words or needed encouragement to breathe and continue the course. I am perhaps different than other readers, because I'm Jane ...more
Jordan Aman
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A shining beacon of hope for trauma survivors, written with artistic sophistication I haven’t seen before 5/5 I would recommend this to anyone and everyone.
Courtney LeBlanc
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
I really wanted to love this collection as the cover art is some of the most gorgeous I've seen and I'm a big fan of non-linear narrative CNF. And this has poetry mixed in too, so I was really excited to receive it. Unfortunately I just didn't love it; it reads like a good draft that needs a good editor to work out the kinks - cliches, generic writing, misspellings... I'm okay with a timeline that jumps around but many of these essays didn't have enough grounding to ensure the reader know when i ...more
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