Book Review of “Bones in the Garden”
by McKayla Debonis
My Rating: 4/5 stars
This poetry book is adorable, even though it is about heartache, McKayla Debonis has written a book that takes place during a painful breakup, it also illustrates a resourceful and strong-willed woman. I am so excited to get a signed copy by the author for my collection. I cherish poetry books, and especially signed copies! I know how much time and energy a poet spends in creating a book and it is an extension of our own soul.
“Bones in the Garden” is a small, compact book that is more of a chapbook, than a full-length poetry book. It consists of seventy-nine pages with poems that are a couple of lines per page, the longer pieces consisting of half a page.
The poetic form of this poetry book influences the reader as does the poem, namely, the micro-poetry collection inside of this book, so hence poems have their own effect quite apart from the content. For instance, a sonnet, speaks with precise logic, but here in this poetry book, the form is free verse and open-ended. The messages of these poems reinforces the thought of the poem, which is basically a broken heart and spirit.
The poems are easily understood. The word “bones” is a central theme throughout the book, italicized for emphasis, but at times that may seem overly stated.
Deep in my bones I know that I
will never be the same again”
In essence, Debonis is telling us how every relationship changes us and after a hurtful and emotionally abusive one, we will never be the same. I feel that these simple statements are more sentences than poems. She has written a poetry book full of lovely quotes that can lift one’s spirit and broken heart.
I have included some photos of my favourite pieces. My favourite poem is “Barren Wasteland.”
The illustrations by Rachel Aquino add a special quality to the book. This is a cute book to have in any collection.
McKayla Debonis can be found on the social media sites below.
She has a beautiful website at http://www.mckayladebonis.com
Her book can be purchased at all on-line bookstores.
Goodreads : McKayla Debonis
Her email: firstname.lastname@example.org