Grappling to Light by Heather Nelson

Book Blurb:

Grappling to Light is the debut poetry book by Heather D. Nelson. In it, Nelson explores themes of grief, depression, and anxiety within the context of isolation amidst the 2020-2021 pandemic. As much an honest look at unnaturally prolonged mourning, it showcases the small ways finding comfort in those nearest and dearest brought a sense of stability; Ending in a spirit of hope after loss. Written in times of great weeping, Grappling to Light is released to help others shake off the shackles of isolation and re-embrace community and healing again.

I received this book for free from the author. All comments and opinions are entirely my own, and this review is voluntary.

Lexi’s Review:

This book of poetry deals with grief and loss, exploring the process of grief in a style reminiscent of John Donne, C. S. Lewis, and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

At first, I struggled to get into the groove of Mrs. Nelson’s complex sentence structure and vibrant word choices, but once I made it to the third poem in Grappling to Light, my attention was captured by her colorful word choices, and I was able to surf the rhythm of her poetry and stream-of-consciousness style prose. 

I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who has recently experienced a loss, and I can see myself returning to this book, again and again, to marinate in specific poems, or to meditate on certain lines. 


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