REVIEW: When No One Is Watching by Linathi Makanda

From Goodreads:
When No One Is Watching is a compilation of poems about love and the loss thereof, trauma and the dark reflections that come with it. It is a depiction of sides that people don’t readily show, sides of vulnerability, insecurity and tiny amounts of hope. One could say it is the result of shedding light into a world of secrecy, escapism, an alternate reality belonging to an alternate version of an individual. When No One Is Watching is the truth in its purest form.

*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

Review

You know that feeling when you read something that resonates with you so closely and in so many ways that it makes your heart beat faster than normal? That’s how I felt so much of the way through When No One Is Watching. At several instances throughout this collection I found myself staying on the same page reading the same poem over and over again just wondering how someone had managed to put so many feelings into such a short space; some of the poems are one sentence long but they mean just as much as the longer ones. Sometimes I feel they mean more, because a lot of them just hit me right in the chest.

It was a different experience reading this collection of poems than I’ve had reading other poems, I can’t quite put my finger on why that is. I think it might be that it really touched on such personal aspects of my own life and my feelings towards myself. I loved how each poem flowed to the next and it all told a story; a story that I think will resonate with so many people.

I genuinely feel that this collection put back pieces that I didn’t think were missing within myself. I hope that doesn’t sound dramatic because it’s true. I’ve read the whole thing from front to back 4 times before I sat down to write this review and each time it felt like a different experience.

I honestly can not recommend When No One Is Watching enough. And can we take a second to admire that beautiful cover?

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