dear judas (dead letter #1)

dear judas (dead letter #1)

Dear Judas is the first chapbook of the dead letters series by Melissa Jennings. The chapbook is a stream of consciousness, containing 26 letters/poems addressing Judas, asking if he knew who he was going to be. The author explores their own experience of betrayal, regret, and asking whether people can truly be forgiven.Below is the book's content warnings - please practic...

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dear judas (dead letter #1) Reviews

  • McKayla Debonis

    I am blown away. I can really see the growth in Melissa’s writing since their last book, they have really grown as a writer.

    This collection is so relatable. I hate bringing that word into my reviews only because I try going into each poetry collection with an open mind, each collection is a part of the authors soul, so it becomes difficult to rate.

    But this collection is astounding and has grabbed my feelings right from my body. The words flow to elegantly and smooth.

    I had a handful of favorite

    I am blown away. I can really see the growth in Melissa’s writing since their last book, they have really grown as a writer.

    This collection is so relatable. I hate bringing that word into my reviews only because I try going into each poetry collection with an open mind, each collection is a part of the authors soul, so it becomes difficult to rate.

    But this collection is astounding and has grabbed my feelings right from my body. The words flow to elegantly and smooth.

    I had a handful of favorites but I think by far this piece is my number 1,

    “When your parents named you,

    Did they know that they were naming a constellation?

    They looked at how you glowed, not how you were surrounded by darkness.”

  • Chris Duffy

    An incredibly holistic, well connected collection, the theme was strong throughout. I couldn't put it down and read it all in one sitting. Would highly recommend.

  • Luna Margo Valentine

    I was given a free PDF copy of "dear judas" by the author in exchange for an honest review.

    "when you were born, did you know that you would be who you were?"

    this was phenomenal. every word seemed to be picked carefully and it's so beautiful the way the author conveys every emotion. melissa is a such a talented poet, i am always floored by how good their work is. dear judas was dark and magic and everything i knew it would be. the quote above is my favorite line.

  • Leila Tualla

    I enjoyed Melissa Jenning's debut collection, Afterlife. Admittedly, it took me a while to truly get into the collection's headspace. Dear Judas was nothing like that. If anything, I devoured this in a duplicitous people.

    This is a chapbook, so it's shorter, for those not familiar with poetry collections. Letters from the betrayed are marked with bitterness and fraught with anger. I loved the imagery of the crown of thorns and blood. It was rather interesting to read because we all know a Judas

    I enjoyed Melissa Jenning's debut collection, Afterlife. Admittedly, it took me a while to truly get into the collection's headspace. Dear Judas was nothing like that. If anything, I devoured this in a duplicitous people.

    This is a chapbook, so it's shorter, for those not familiar with poetry collections. Letters from the betrayed are marked with bitterness and fraught with anger. I loved the imagery of the crown of thorns and blood. It was rather interesting to read because we all know a Judas who have come into our lives at some point, and whether we've moved on from the act of treachery, or still reeling from it, we can relate to this collection. I have a lot of favorite lines from here.

    "don't suffocate in a sin you couldn't help."

    (I noticed this seems to be a resounding favorite)

    When your parents named you,

    did they know that they were naming a constellation?

    they looked at how you glowed, not how

    you were surrounded by darkness.

    ****A note for my faith readers: I'm Catholic and while the imagery were haunting, I didn't feel like Jennings used some religious images as a way to mock or make fun of the faith and the faithful. I loved their style and whatever their intention in using these, it made the betrayal more powerful and humanizing.....we have all met a Judas. We have all worn our own crowns of thorns. We've also been someone's Judas and caused pain to others. It's this deception and greed of wanting power that I paused on.****

  • Amanda Butler

    I had the honor of beta reading this book, and I am ecstatic to hold the complete form in my hands. Every poem Jennings writes holds a powerful journey. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of “the dead letters” series and seeing where the journey treks.

  • Helen

    Firstly, I loved the concept of this chapbook - a short collection of poems addressed to a 'Judas' figure in the speaker's life, someone who has betrayed them. I think everyone has at least one person in their life who could be described as Judas - or perhaps has been Judas themselves. It makes this collection intensely relatable and also personal, as the reader can see aspects of themselves throughout the work.

    There were so many beautiful quotes packed into such a tiny book. Some of my favourit

    Firstly, I loved the concept of this chapbook - a short collection of poems addressed to a 'Judas' figure in the speaker's life, someone who has betrayed them. I think everyone has at least one person in their life who could be described as Judas - or perhaps has been Judas themselves. It makes this collection intensely relatable and also personal, as the reader can see aspects of themselves throughout the work.

    There were so many beautiful quotes packed into such a tiny book. Some of my favourites, I'll share below:

    This collection is bitter, but beautiful, and although it was often sad and Judas, whoever they may be, has obviously caused the speaker a great deal of pain, I was fascinated. It's only a very short collection but I've been flipping through it all evening, rereading different parts.

    I'm super excited to see where the dead letters go from here, and I can't wait to see what Melissa Jennings writes next.

  • annika

    I absolutely loved this poetry collection. It isn’t very long but the words had so much power – I ended up reading it three times today. Definitely a new favourite.

    Very talented author, I'll certainly read more of them.

    Here are some of my favourite parts (although I loved it as a whole):

    I absolutely loved this poetry collection. It isn’t very long but the words had so much power – I ended up reading it three times today. Definitely a new favourite.

    Very talented author, I'll certainly read more of them.

    Here are some of my favourite parts (although I loved it as a whole):

  • Isabelle

    I received a PDF in exchange for an honest review (thank you!)

    A collection which explores those who ‘leave their mark on the world’ – a world soured by the presence of ‘Judas’ and memories which have been manipulated the reveal of by Judas’ true self. There was a different style here to ‘Afterlife’, more prose and more questions, and indeed it is a more open ended collection with no answers. There was something more private about this book that I can’t exactly put my finger on. The endings of th

    I received a PDF in exchange for an honest review (thank you!)

    A collection which explores those who ‘leave their mark on the world’ – a world soured by the presence of ‘Judas’ and memories which have been manipulated the reveal of by Judas’ true self. There was a different style here to ‘Afterlife’, more prose and more questions, and indeed it is a more open ended collection with no answers. There was something more private about this book that I can’t exactly put my finger on. The endings of the poems finish each thought perfectly and poetically even if they are not ‘resolved’ (which they do not have to be!).

    I think the upcoming series of ‘dead letters’ will help with the feeling of the collection being unfinished that I feel –this chapbook is not yet the full picture!

    My favourite lines:

    empty vessels writhing on a bedroom floor that we thought was heaven.

    you wished you were a god. well, you got what you wanted. I still pray to you after three years of your absence.

  • Gab

    is a collection of poetry addressing to Judas or to the epitome of Judas in each one of us.

    It's about Longing.

    Hatred.

    Falling in love.

    Love.

    Loss.

    Betrayal.

    The writing and the words are raw and full of emotion. The author gra

    is a collection of poetry addressing to Judas or to the epitome of Judas in each one of us.

    It's about Longing.

    Hatred.

    Falling in love.

    Love.

    Loss.

    Betrayal.

    The writing and the words are raw and full of emotion. The author grabs you with the first piece from the first page. You can totally feel that each piece was thought of very well and was intertwined with emotions that make each and every piece much more personal.

    I can say that I relate to most written pieces and I believe that this collection would be relatable to readers who had met their own Judas in their lives.

    I am excited to see what the author has in stores for us in the next book in the Dead Letters series.

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