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Lora Mathis' first full-length book of poetry, exploring femininity, mental illness, and regaining autonomy over the body. Lora Mathis' first full-length book of poetry, exploring femininity, mental illness, and regaining autonomy over the body.


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Lora Mathis' first full-length book of poetry, exploring femininity, mental illness, and regaining autonomy over the body. Lora Mathis' first full-length book of poetry, exploring femininity, mental illness, and regaining autonomy over the body.

30 review for The Women Widowed to Themselves

  1. 5 out of 5

    Neil (or bleed)

    Bold, raw, intimate. This book speaks to me with urgency and loaded with heavy emotions I can't carry. It's honesty and choice of words bring me to a frantic state itching to translate what's in my mind but couldn't. Bold, raw, intimate. This book speaks to me with urgency and loaded with heavy emotions I can't carry. It's honesty and choice of words bring me to a frantic state itching to translate what's in my mind but couldn't.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Meggie Royer

    Lora Mathis debuts her first collection of poetry with a kind of ferocity and brutal honesty that is all too often difficult to come by in a world built to raise the voices of men and silence those of women. These poems, like their author, have been wounded and touched in all the wrong ways, but still shine through with the softness and snarl of something brave and true. Mathis will take you through the failed parties and the bad beers, the self-loathing and the desperate texts that all come wit Lora Mathis debuts her first collection of poetry with a kind of ferocity and brutal honesty that is all too often difficult to come by in a world built to raise the voices of men and silence those of women. These poems, like their author, have been wounded and touched in all the wrong ways, but still shine through with the softness and snarl of something brave and true. Mathis will take you through the failed parties and the bad beers, the self-loathing and the desperate texts that all come with being a young woman who struggled to survive the growing pains and aches of adolescence, and leave you full of awe and clarity. In “Send This to Your Valentine,” Mathis writes, “I want you to love me, hard./Whatever that means.” And that is exactly what you will do with her debut collection.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Hattie Long

    I followed the author on tumblr for a while before she published this book. I asked for it for Christmas as my first poetry book out of school and boy did it change my life. My mouth was left hanging open after certain poems and the book was perfect to introduce me into poetry.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    There were a few poems that I particularly connected with: Look An Offering Trained Silence An Apology to My Body When Your Heart Breaks Get Up and Stomp It

  5. 5 out of 5

    liv

    3.5 raw & intimate

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shevaun

    WOW. The best poetry book I have ever read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin Conlon

    I've read some of Lora's work on tumblr but this is the first collection of hers I've ever bought & read. I was not disappointed. I've read some of Lora's work on tumblr but this is the first collection of hers I've ever bought & read. I was not disappointed.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elena ( The Queen Reads )

    But no matter how hard I try, I am not the sea. I am a sunken ship that has drowned in everyone who touched   me

  9. 4 out of 5

    annie

    Really great book of poetry! It's so raw and real. You really feel their emotions through these poems. I think most young people can relate to at least one poem in this book. I loved it so much that when I finished it I turned right back to the beginning and started again. Lora really has a way with words. Really great book of poetry! It's so raw and real. You really feel their emotions through these poems. I think most young people can relate to at least one poem in this book. I loved it so much that when I finished it I turned right back to the beginning and started again. Lora really has a way with words.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Enzo

    2.5. Fifty-fifty. Tiene un estilo interesante y poemas que se destacan, pero por momentos sentís que estás leyendo un blog de Tumblr en lugar de un poemario. Algunos poemas bastante flojitos y el 90% de ellos relacionados al desamor, así que deja mucho que desear. No es lo que me esperaba.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kat Apple

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

  14. 5 out of 5

    Catarina Rocha

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lorna

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lora

  17. 5 out of 5

    Madiyah

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

  19. 5 out of 5

    j to the muthafuckin R

  20. 5 out of 5

    Keller

  21. 5 out of 5

    James Bradley

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lucinda

  24. 4 out of 5

    Atia

  25. 5 out of 5

    Melody

  26. 4 out of 5

    George

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brooke Van der linden

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sebby

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

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