Tin Heartless Girl by Lebi P. Nieves Moran is a poignant poetry book that delves into the complexities of a broken family relationship. The collection consists of short poems in various styles, from free-form to acrostic, each conveying the emotional distance and hurt that permeates the relationship. The book’s introduction encourages readers to embrace self-love, a message that resonates throughout the poems.
Although the poems are brief and seemingly simple, they are packed with meaning and depth. Many of them, such as the titular Tin Heartless Girl, employ a nursery rhyme or fairytale-like rhyme scheme, adding an intriguing contrast between innocence and adulthood. The protagonist reflects on their past relationship with their loved ones, revealing the inner turmoil that it has caused. The author reimagines classic tales, emphasizing the message of healing instead of chasing an unattainable happy ending. The book’s imagery is equally stunning, bursting with vibrant mosaic colors. The poems are complemented by a series of powerful images featuring bodies distorted by trees, interlocked with technology, and abstract faces in stained glass. Several poems stand out, including Can I say you don’t Care, which explores the hurt caused by absence, a complex and difficult trauma to write about. That I’m a lost key centered around overwhelming emotions and anxieties that can feel suffocating. And Tin Heartless Girl reveals the heartless girl in the poems is only behaving in ways learned from abusive parental figures, creating a void that can follow a child into adulthood.
Tin Heartless Girl concludes with a beautiful passage on healing, offering comfort to readers on their own personal journeys. Despite the poems’ brevity, they convey a deep sense of emotion and raw honesty that will resonate with anyone who has experienced a broken family relationship. I highly recommend this short book of poems that will take you on an emotional journey.
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