Composition of a Woman (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 26 julio 2018
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"Poet Christine Ray’s first printed collection of poetry, Composition of a Woman (Sudden Denouement Press, 2018) is a striking, fearless foray into the psyche of womanhood, both highly relatable and intensely personal for female readers and achingly candid and fascinating for male."
Candice Louisa Daquin, Pinch the Lock
"Christine Ray brilliantly split Composition into five thoughtful sections that work together beautifully to deliver the maximum impact of each poem while taking the reader deeper into a stunning journey of the mind, the body, the very soul of this person. In Composition, Christine Ray reveals so much of what we try to hide, and she does so while dancing between ruthlessly beautiful and heartbreakingly painful."
Nicole Lyons, I Am A World of Uncertainties Disguised As a Girl
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Ray's patience, passion and growth are revealed the further she pulls you into this book. Her approach to a structure which resembles her anatomy is ingenious and comes to reflect the woman, writer, editor and powerhouse she is.
Nerve is a hilarious and moving ode, if you will, to invisible illness. For me, it meant this book was personal too. I've watched my own mother struggle with a spinal condition which isn't obvious to a stranger. Therefore, my first thought when I heard Ray's experience with pain and mis-diagnosis was 'I need to give this book to Mum', so she knows she isn't alone.
Brain, no doubt deliberately, made me think. Safekeeping felt all too familiar and the final lines of Brilliant Madness made me consider the peril of an artist and their pain. Often art and pain feel mutually exclusive. At times we wonder where we begin and end.
'jagged little pharma sitting on the kitchen table that may save my life but steal this brilliant madness'
Ray continues to speak to the soul in Breast, with absolutely beautiful pieces like The Attic Room, Amen and Saturday Afternoon Poetry. From hilarity and darkness, we are given sensual and love sick. We begin to understand the myriad of experiences which shape a woman.
One of those experiences is heartache and heartbreak as Ray shares the pain behind her Rib. Chasing Sandcastles, Memento and the forlorn sigh inducing I Say That I Lost You.
'I say that I lost you as though you were an umbrella that I carelessly left on the bus after the summer rain had stopped.'
Ray does what every excellent poet must. She writes from experience and yet writes your story as well.
That said, it is the closing section of this book which left me breathless. Blood is a testament to all that has gone before. Each body part and experience led to this denouement; this showcase of a woman. I know her now - her pain, suffering, love and loss - which is why Wonder Woman is filled with clarity. Ray is a woman conducting an orchestra while openly admitting she isn't perfect. There is dazzling beauty in her ability to lift your spirit and reach beyond the book, calling for your blood and belly fire.
Needless to say, I read this in one sitting and finished it smiling. The final two poems resonate with every writer and reveal how much this book means to Ray; how it truly was, worth the wait.
“I see you… and you are beautiful.”
Isn’t that what we all want? To be seen as who we are, whole and beautiful?
Read this book. It is brilliant.