Sunday, February 24, 2019

Review: ROOTS GREW WILD by Erica Hoffmeister

Rating: 4/5 stars

Roots Grew Wild is a short collection of free-verse poems that come together to tell a coming-of-age story of a girl and her family in the Midwest.

I especially enjoyed the writing style that Hoffmeister uses. Her writing evokes a lot of imagery through her ethereal sentences. I love the juxtaposition of roots to mean both familial roots and tree roots. She uses beautiful nature descriptions and earthy imagery alongside the story of the girl to create the tone.

Oftentimes with modern poetry, I don’t feel like there is much substance, unfortunately. There are broken sentences and missing punctuation to create an aesthetic and a *mood* but the poems lack actual meaning to me. That’s not how I felt with Roots Grew Wild. This collection is actually substantial and meaningful, and that is one of the main reasons I enjoyed it so much. The author has shared her experiences but has also written about them in a way that the reader can experience them too, feel her feelings, see the same sights. I love how evocative it is. These poems were written to transport the reader to another time and witness the main character’s emotions. I could relate to her feelings and connect with her.

I would recommend this short book if you like beautiful poetry collections that tell a deeper story and have beautiful descriptions of nature. It’s one I’ll be rereading in the future.

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