Title: Secrets of the High Priestess
Author: Nicole Tone
Publisher: Magnolia Press
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Pub. Date: Jan. 2nd, 2018
Secrets of the High Priestess explores trauma, recovery, and the role of women in a world that’s begun to change physically, with melting ice caps and changing sea levels, and socially, as we accept new definitions of truth and gender roles.
*thank you to the author for reaching out to me*
Poetess, Nicole Tone, reached out to me and asked me for an honest review or to blurb her book. I decided to do both because this book needs to be read. Before going into my review, here is what I wrote as the blurb:
Nicole Tone’s poetry will have icicle’s ripping through reader’s hearts with every single word. Secrets of the High Priestess is a raw collection of cold truths that will leave you wading for more in a sea of self-reflection. Be on the lookout for this poetess, she will not disappoint.
Tone’s poetry really marked me. This poetry collection isn’t the pretty kind. There are poems about eating disorders, gender roles, love poems. Nicole writes about the girl she wants to be and yet shares who she was, these are her secrets. The unfiltered secrets that leave you at grasp. She takes us deep into her thoughts. Secrets of the High Priestess has both short poetry and long poetry.
i really look forward to reading more poems from this poetess. here are some of my favorite poems from this collection:
a crack in the ground split open
the earth yawning wider
swallowing up every
magic white rabbit
every mad queen
until there’s nothing but a cliff
on the edge of a void
that today we call beautiful
will be sold to the
— wonderland is a lie
we train wild animals
bend them to our will
and call them our partners.
how can we be equals with
creatures we demand submission from?
how can i find freedom
on the back of a broken thing?
i celebrate the anniversaries of the times
i lost pieces of myself,
the way other people celebrate birthdays.
on this day,
i gave you pieces of my heart.
on this day,
i gave you the shattered pieces of my soul.
i celebrate the days i lost the things
i can never get back
if only to remind myself