Lace Bone Beast: Poems & Other Fairytales for Wicked Girls by N.L. Shompole

February 14, 2017
Lace Bone Beast, N.L. Shompole, Book Review, InToriLex Published By: Kingdoms in the Wild on January 10, 2017
Format Read: Kindle Edition (107 pages)
Genre: Poetry/ Adult/ Self-Help
Series: Stand Alone
Source: Publisher Request
Lace Bone Beast: Poems & Other Fairytales for Wicked Girls
Here is emptiness. Here is a mouth after a recent excavation, black with soot, devoid of kisses. Here are hands, trembling against the soft ache of morning, here are eyes, wet, wide, half-full of sky and loneliness. Here is belly, back, femur, spine, ragged and smooth all at once, all at once. Here are dreams, ink black and speckled, lost behind the eyes. Here is a muted elegy, crow’s feet feathered over the eyes like lace. Here are the last strains of a dirge, wild, discordant, free.



I was wowed by many pieces in this collection because while they were short they conveyed a lot of emotions. The poems go back and forth between profound meditations on life, and metaphorical musings. The author puts the titles at the end of her work, leaving the reader to find their own point before she explains what it is. I liked this format it was different and supports each readers own thinking and interpretation.

This book made me think of my future and offered more tools for me to forgive my past. The poems included recognize life's turmoil and offer practical suggestions for women to stay above the fray. This was a memorable work of art, I'm happy I was able to read it. My only criticism is that the use of chapters or parts would have made the poems feel more cohesive. The way the poems were presented they seemed fragmented on their own. I would recommend this to everyone looking to read more poetry and look into themselves.  You may be surprised with what you see when you are able to reflect.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


N.L. Shompole was born in Kenya. She is a multi-platform artist whose written and photographic works have been featured in various print and online publications including Words Dance Publication, Maps for Teeth, Invitation Annual, Kinfolks Quarterly and The Rising Phoenix Review. Her latest collection Spectre Specter Blue Ravine was released November 2015.

She can be found via

Instagram @NLShompole

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