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Severe(d): A Creepy Poetry Collection

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Whether you’re trying to claw your way out of depression, are suffering from extreme heartbreak, or just enjoy reading disturbing writing, Holly Riordan's first poetry collection will remind you that you’re not alone. That everyone has a darkness hidden inside of them that’s screaming to escape.


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Whether you’re trying to claw your way out of depression, are suffering from extreme heartbreak, or just enjoy reading disturbing writing, Holly Riordan's first poetry collection will remind you that you’re not alone. That everyone has a darkness hidden inside of them that’s screaming to escape.

30 review for Severe(d): A Creepy Poetry Collection

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Hamilton

    This is clearly poetry for psychopaths. Psychopathic poetry. I feel very strange

  2. 5 out of 5

    A

    "I prefer pets to people,because they leave teeth marks deep in your skin for the world to see, whilst people scratch you up from the inside and act like the damage doesn't exist." when you devour this tiny book in an hour and have trouble picking which quotes to use in your review because all of them were perfectly relatable. "My parents warned me about horror movies Blood and guts and Stephen King. They told me to stop reading such disturbing stories Stop playing such cutthroat games But when I "I prefer pets to people,because they leave teeth marks deep in your skin for the world to see, whilst people scratch you up from the inside and act like the damage doesn't exist." when you devour this tiny book in an hour and have trouble picking which quotes to use in your review because all of them were perfectly relatable. "My parents warned me about horror movies Blood and guts and Stephen King. They told me to stop reading such disturbing stories Stop playing such cutthroat games But when I swapped my novels for newspapers Changed the channel from AMC to CNN My thoughts only grew darker The world only seemed icier AND I WISHED I HAD STUCK TO FICTION." I want to tattoo some of them on my skin!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Krista Dolan

    Let’s try this again… I had an entire review written, but Goodreads (or my computer?) stopped working and erased it all.. So, I received a copy of “Severe(d)” as part of a Goodreads Giveaway (thank you!!), and when my copy arrived in the mail, I started reading immediately. Right off the bat, I appreciated the author’s attitude as noted in the anecdote of her repeatedly using “whilst” in her writing just to annoy her creative writing teacher who instructed her to not use it. As I started reading Let’s try this again… I had an entire review written, but Goodreads (or my computer?) stopped working and erased it all.. So, I received a copy of “Severe(d)” as part of a Goodreads Giveaway (thank you!!), and when my copy arrived in the mail, I started reading immediately. Right off the bat, I appreciated the author’s attitude as noted in the anecdote of her repeatedly using “whilst” in her writing just to annoy her creative writing teacher who instructed her to not use it. As I started reading, I noticed how raw and graphic the poetry was-- not really my “typical” style when it comes to poetry. The topics very much centered around anger, death, anxiety, depression, abuse, etc. However, the more I read the more I became intrigued. Although quite gruesome in some instances, I think the concepts Riordan explores are all emotions that we experience at some point whether we act on them or not. In terms of structure, I like how she has the collection separated by common theme, and I especially enjoyed the last portion titled “healing.” My favorite line came from this section: “Write away your madness./ Don’t live it./ Write it” (122). I think this is exactly what she has done through this publication, and I applaud her for that. I’ve tried to express the cathartic use of writing to my own students, but this is simply a beautiful way of phrasing it. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised, and I look forward to reading more by Riordan in the future :)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Breanna Lockwood

    I got this book from a Goodreads giveaway. it was very interesting and addicting. if you love Gore dive in!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amelia Volkova

    This book just arrived and I already read it on my way back home and loved it, some poems even made me tear up, some were too relatable, some made me angry, this was exactly what I needed at this moment. Also, it has cute art all over the book 💀 and the cover GLOWS IN THE DARK! This is one badass book! The dedication is one the funniest and nicest ever ❤

  6. 5 out of 5

    George Papuchis

    Won this in a giveaway. Loved the cover art and pictures included inside. The publisher sent a cool "creepy" newsletter too. I love that extracurricular shit. Poetry isn't my usual thing, but I liked the visceral style of the author. It's like if Chuck Palahniuk did poetry. Some recycled themes, but overall entertaining.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Goodreads giveaway winner (thanks!) I adored this little book. The collection is very haunting, but anyone who has felt those overwhelming anxieties about life/relationships/waking up in the morning when all you want to do is sleep can find some relation to these poems. Wonderful.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tomas Zubiri

    Albeit dense at times with what seems like an archetypal suicidal teenager attention-seeking behavior, the author continues to play this single note instrument until the reader is forced to both realize the authenticity of the threats of self-violence and self-hatred; and to distinguish the subtle tones of black in what feels like an autobiographical collection of carefully ordered poems. After realizing that self-destructive behaviour is abound and transparently flaunted in society, ranging fro Albeit dense at times with what seems like an archetypal suicidal teenager attention-seeking behavior, the author continues to play this single note instrument until the reader is forced to both realize the authenticity of the threats of self-violence and self-hatred; and to distinguish the subtle tones of black in what feels like an autobiographical collection of carefully ordered poems. After realizing that self-destructive behaviour is abound and transparently flaunted in society, ranging from women's fascination with changing the way they look, often destroying their bodies, to smoking functioning alcohol addicts, (one of whom fathered the Author), it seems that the initial skepticism for the human's tendency to inflict damage upon itself was uncalled for.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jesse Doorn

    I have mixed feelings about this collection of poetry. Half of it felt beautiful and half of it felt forced for shock value. I wish it was creepier? I think in high school I may have liked it better than I do as an adult. I wish we could leave half stars because my rating would be more of a 2.5.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    A little disturbing, but very creepy and well written. She writes a lot about self-destruction and self-hatred, which could be triggering for some people, but I think it really encapsulates the contradictions and complexities of the human condition.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Kind of stalkerish and a bit concerning. There were a few that were profound, however.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Destiny Q

    I was happy to be one of the winners of this book. I love poetry, but only the ones I can get drawn into and this is one of them. It is amazing! Hoping for more poetry from the author.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Arun Kanth

    Twisted yet complying

  14. 4 out of 5

    Eli

  15. 4 out of 5

    Natasha Varnham

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

  17. 4 out of 5

    Josh McNeill

  18. 5 out of 5

    Melody Tang

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cristina

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Solis

  22. 5 out of 5

    Pushti

  23. 5 out of 5

    Meemee Al Saffar

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

  25. 4 out of 5

    Janelle Soriano

  26. 4 out of 5

    Milkah, The Grumpy Reader (I'm Really Always Angry)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Hein

  28. 5 out of 5

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  29. 5 out of 5

    Thought Catalog Books

  30. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

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