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.
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.