Review: Depression & Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim

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Depression & Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim | Rating: ★★★★☆

"i don’t know how to connect in a world like this; in times like these, where i can’t even speak about myself in first person." As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via NetGalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way.

It's one of those days where I've found parts of myself scattered in the words of others. You know? I felt so connected to Sabrina Benaim's Depression & Other Magic Tricks that there were a few times I had to look away from it, and myself, just to breathe. Benaim shows us fragments of every little piece of herself--dashing through her prose with an ease. She is compelling and relatable. Full of life and hope and pain and love and all the hints of humanity that don't go away at the snap of a finger.

What I loved most about Depression & Other Magic Tricks is that it was utterly stunning in its honestly. Benaim does not hold back the punches when it comes to making her audience feel. I am honestly so, so, so impressed by the way she brings life to poetry and reminds us why we read it to begin with. That being said, like so many of her modern counterparts, she brings forth an edge that comes only with originality of voice. Sabrina is not anyone other than Sabrina and that's what sets all good poets apart.

She has a voice that captivates and will surely grip a generation further as it comes. Benaim is full of hype for a reason and solidifies the respect her name has earned, and will continue to earn. I'm not over hyping her work; it just is what it is. That her prose will tug at your heartstrings and the most intimate parts of who you are. In just a short collection, she has made herself obtainable and that's all one can ever hope for when picking up poetry.

I can't wait to see where she moves us next.

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