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Somebody Give This Heart a Pen
by Sophia Thakur
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Candlewick, 2020 (2020)
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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Here's a fitting gift for the budding young poet on your holiday list - or for someone of any age who appreciates empathetic verse. Performance poet Sophia Thakur offers a thought provoking, emotive collection of coming-of-age poems in Somebody Give This Heart a Pen.

After introducing '... the process' of repeated growing, breaking and healing, and exhorting her readers to 'Learn to speak heart', Sophia divides her collection of poems into: GROW, WAIT, BREAK and GROW AGAIN.

In GROW, I liked 'What matters is not what you are called / But what you answer to' in Picking a Name and 'My mum said that giving birth / is like pulling a part of your heart out / and watching it learn the earth' in How She Breathes Now.

In BREAK, I especially appreciated I'm fine thanks, you? And other white lies, while Fidgeting: 'Be with yourself for a moment, / Be yourself for a moment. / Airplane mode everything but yourself for a moment' seems very relevant to today's reality.

In GROW AGAIN, I loved Soul Mate's homage to friendship: 'Long live the friends who stayed longer than lovers. / The growing insignificance of blood / when once strangers became sisters and brothers.' But delve into Somebody Give This Heart a Pen yourself, find the lines that speak to your own heart most clearly.

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