Review: Cat’s Game by Sara Marie

Synopsis: a collection of poems for the feelings we chase, the ghosts we face, the escapes we crave and the love we find along the way.
despite all of the hurt,
you will find healing,

you will carry perspective
on the tip of your tongue
and you will find that
even the darkness has its time
and place

and whether you believe
in the neural wirings that breathe
through the galaxies or
in powers larger than words,
you must always believe
in your ability

to grow and to shed;
to keep and to let go;
to learn and to unlearn;
to escape,
but most of all,
to stay.

Thank you so much to Sara Marie for providing me with a copy of her beautiful book! It’s been a while since I read a poetry book (if I’m being honest, it was Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey which was a while ago). I’m someone who loves being immersed in stories, and so sometimes poetry can feel a bit jarring to me. But I felt as though this book had a very good flow with all of it’s poems. Disclaimer: I also haven’t experienced any recent romantic heartbreaks, but I feel like these poems are not only about romantic love. Whether its familial or platonic love, I think a lot of Sara Marie’s themes are very relatable, and I found myself really connecting with her work.

Again, I’m loosely involved with the world of poetry, and so I kind of found this book to be similar to Rupi Kaur’s style. But I think that that is more indicative of the impact that she has had on the genre than this book in general. What I liked about Marie’s poems was that while they were very eloquent, they were also quite straight forward. I was immediately able to understand her feelings and connect with them, because like I said, this wasn’t only heartbreak related poetry. A lot of the imagery conjured was about understanding yourself better, and loving and valuing and taking care of yourself above others. One poem I loved in particular was:

“sewing was the second most important thing my
grandmother taught me how to do.

recognizing that a person who feels broken
cannot be fixed by your hands was always the first.”

Something else that I found pretty endearing was that the poet very visibly talked about how she struggles with impostor syndrome (ie she writes a few poems about it). I think this is something that everybody goes through. Heck, I feel that way whenever I write a blog post and in my master’s program constantly. So if you’re reading this review, I just want to let you all know that if you’re not an impostor, everybody starts somewhere, and you belong in whatever creative field or field in general that you want to belong in. You just gotta work at it. And Ms. Sara Marie, I think you definitely belong in the poetry field!

Again, thank you so much for the book, it was very good, and I look forward to seeing where your poetry goes 🙂

My rating was a 4/5 on Goodreads!

That’s all for now ducks, have a great week!
~ Mon

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