I feel like I should preface this review by saying that it has been many years since I have read any poetry. And, although I have reviewed nearly a hundred books over the course of my life, this is my first time reviewing works of poetry.
King’s poetry chapbook was an easy reading reintroduction into the genre. Living Small contains poems on topics ranging from happiness to public transportation working in temporary jobs.
In many of the poems, King gives readers a glimpse into the life of someone living in poverty. The style of the poems is simple and the observations aren’t especially deep yet the writing still manages to be insightful.
I liked the juxtaposition of King’s snappy flow against the bleak and sometimes monotonous subject matter.
My favorite poems were the first “Happiness” poem in the book and “It Seems.” I appreciated the messages in each of these poems.
Thank you to King for providing me with a free review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
3 thoughts on “Living Small and Other Thoughts by Terry King”
I’m glad you returned to poetry with this collection, it sounds like a great collection x
Poetry can be surprising and with several subtexts. I just tried to remember when/what poetry I last read and it’s been too long. Thanks for reminding me!
I have been looking for a light collection of poetry that I can get into, maybe I’ll check this out 🙂