Author: Courtney Peppernell
Rating: 4 stars
Dates read: 01 Jan 20 – 02Jan 20
Publication date: 05 Oct 2016
Publisher: Andrews Mckeel
Genre(s): LGBT, Poetry
Pillow Thoughts is a collection of poetry and prose about heartbreak, love and raw emotions.
It is divided into sections to read when you feel you need them most.
Make a cup of tea and let yourself feel.
I feel bad by starting this review with the reason I read it. I saw the collection on Scribd and new that it would fit a challenge for a reading challenge I am participating in and thought it would do. It was not a slight on Courtney at all, more my perception of poetry and my perceived lack of enjoyment when I decide to indulge in a poetry collection. The pieces, a mix of poetry and prose about love and loss, were read by the author herself and by the end, I was deeply regretful I had picked this to tick a box because it deserves more than that.
Courtney captures the pleasure and pain of being in a relationship and losing your significant other in some way with exquisite accuracy. Her mix of poetry and prose describes the emotions and actions of many when they enter new relationships and when older more established ones die. There are moments and experiences that are really hard to sum up in the written word, but Courtney goes a long way to capturing the emotive influences and genuine feeling that is experiences during such moments.
The casual representation of the LGBTQIA*+ community within the collection is also a welcome presence, and I think a really important element in this collection itself. So many books and poems capture feelings or relationships, and it was nice to see a piece of work that succinctly captured the feelings involved, but were describing those in a lesbian relationship rather than trying to compare or impose on a heterosexual scenario.
I am still not going to say I am a poetry person but this collection has made me realise and remember that a lot of the poetry, certainly contemporary poetry, I have read is both enjoyable and emotive and that is something to be celebrated. If you get the chance, this sort collection is beautiful and wonderful and well worth experiencing for yourself.