Wicker Girl by Janna Vought
A collection of twenty-six poems spread across three different sections, Janna Vought’s Wicker Girl explores feminist ideals as the words that she pieces together in rhythm show how the poet’s soul and self have changed over time as she has experienced the variety of her life. The three sections are entitled ‘Girl,’ ‘Woman,’ and ‘Soul’ which serve as representations of the journey that the poet will take the reader on throughout this collection. Dissecting tough topics like motherhood, rape, menstruation, sexuality, and depression towards the beginning of the book, Vought uses her poetry to let the blood flow in an assaulting and engaging manner, making the reader truly experience all of the angst that is contained within each line. Evolving from girl into woman, the next section of poetry has a less chaotic feeling as the female grows and learns, yet still longs for certain things she cannot achieve. While the last section has a more supernatural feeling to it, as the poet examines her own consciousness in different ways.
This is by no means a collection that is filled with happiness, but through the words that Janna Vought has written, she elicits a deep sense of feeling that causes those who experience her poetry to understand that life is not always easy. Through the darkness and despair of her words, one is able to find the silver lining, as there is hope that better days will come. The author claims that the poems included here ‘demonstrate the strength of the feminine spirit to survive’ and we couldn’t agree more. Through powerful poems like the titled ‘Wicker Girl,’ ‘Contemplate the End,’ and ‘Legend of the Witch’ Vought has created a searing book of words that is sure to speak volumes for the kinds of struggles that countless numbers of women have had to overcome.
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