Semicolon ;

Semicolon ;

A Collection of poetry that uncovers the raw and heavy emotions that come with anxiety, trauma, and other experiences. Part two takes you into the healing, bringing the light, the meditation, the beauty in finding oneself after all the chaos has passed. & finally, you're left wanting to start your next chapter; the one that comes after the semicolon....

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Title:Semicolon ;
Author:McKayla Debonis
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Edition Language:English

Semicolon ; Reviews

  • Anne Chivon

    Semicolon was beautiful the first read through, and better the second. I'm grateful these words were shared with us. There is such a personal voice to each poem. I can't wait for more. This is a must read for anyone, and I would recommend to anyone~

  • Marissa

    I was very lucky to be an early reader for Semicolon and I’m so happy I had the opportunity! Semicolon is a wonderful body of work and you can tell that the author, McKayla, put a lot of thought into everything placed in the book.

    This book covers topics like anxiety, depression, and much more - making her readers feel less alone. It’s so relatable it hurts. The book is split into two pieces (or sentences), a portrayal of the darkness that is these issues that many face and finding the light.

    I f

    I was very lucky to be an early reader for Semicolon and I’m so happy I had the opportunity! Semicolon is a wonderful body of work and you can tell that the author, McKayla, put a lot of thought into everything placed in the book.

    This book covers topics like anxiety, depression, and much more - making her readers feel less alone. It’s so relatable it hurts. The book is split into two pieces (or sentences), a portrayal of the darkness that is these issues that many face and finding the light.

    I found a sliver of myself in almost every poem and I believe others will too.

  • Jamie Ferris

    I was also lucky enough to be a BETA reader for this book. I thought Semicolon; was both beautiful and well written. The imagery and descriptive details within such short poems are astounding. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read really and the way some of the poems are written are so unique.

    I love Semicolon; for how relatable it is. For people who suffer from depression, anxiety, body dysmorphia, self-harm, anxiety, etc., this book is really for you. Many people who suffer from any of this ofte

    I was also lucky enough to be a BETA reader for this book. I thought Semicolon; was both beautiful and well written. The imagery and descriptive details within such short poems are astounding. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read really and the way some of the poems are written are so unique.

    I love Semicolon; for how relatable it is. For people who suffer from depression, anxiety, body dysmorphia, self-harm, anxiety, etc., this book is really for you. Many people who suffer from any of this often feel like they’re alone in the world—this book made me feel like I’m not alone. It’s a crazy thing to realize that all of the horrible things that have happened to you happen to other people too. The times where you feel at your most lonesome and vulnerable, just know that someone out there has suffered too and they’ve made it through. This book is also great for people who don’t suffer from any of these things.

    McKayla’s words paint a beautiful picture for those who wish to understand what a depressed or anxious person go through. I would wholeheartedly recommend Semicolon; to anyone.

  • cheyenne raine

    semicolon; is a collection of poems that dives into the pains and worries in a troubled body

    and soul. there is no hesitation in revealing all the emotions and thoughts that come with

    surviving traumatic experiences. however, after the hurt, the light begins to seep through

    and mckayla debonis takes you through the process of pouring honey into your bones, the

    gentle love that begins to flourish when you realize that your sentence isn’t over; your

    life is starting to bloom.

  • Melissa Jennings

    Full review at

    *I was a beta reader for McKayla's collection*

    The poetry collection is divided into two sections, or rather two separate "sentences" which are connected by a semicolon. The first section/sentence concerns a painful, numb existence. McKayla's descriptions are tangible to the point you feel as if you are a spectator. There is haunting imagery throughout the first section, so please make sure to read the content warnings. There are some poems which just blew me away upon

    Full review at

    *I was a beta reader for McKayla's collection*

    The poetry collection is divided into two sections, or rather two separate "sentences" which are connected by a semicolon. The first section/sentence concerns a painful, numb existence. McKayla's descriptions are tangible to the point you feel as if you are a spectator. There is haunting imagery throughout the first section, so please make sure to read the content warnings. There are some poems which just blew me away upon first reading, I just stared at the page in awe. McKayla's writing comes from a place of truth and that is evident.

    The collection transitions into a much brighter place where you feel yourself being repaired as each poem goes on. You are enchanted and uplifted into this new existence, but also reminded to remember that healing is not linear, that we must always remember to continue after a "semicolon".

    This collection was so beautiful to read that I had a good cry after it, and some of McKayla's words have stayed with me long after reading.

  • Ashly

    I'd previously read

    and enjoyed it, but this,

    - the book was divided into two sections, "Darkness" and "Light", and it was

    . Each poem is a fleeting glimpse into the worst kinds of trauma. And then into the glowing warmth of healing. The pieces about self harm particularly resonated with me. Let me not forget that there are also illustrations! And they will definitely add to your reading experience.

    I really appreciated that the author included not only a co

    I'd previously read

    and enjoyed it, but this,

    - the book was divided into two sections, "Darkness" and "Light", and it was

    . Each poem is a fleeting glimpse into the worst kinds of trauma. And then into the glowing warmth of healing. The pieces about self harm particularly resonated with me. Let me not forget that there are also illustrations! And they will definitely add to your reading experience.

    I really appreciated that the author included not only a content warning in the beginning BUT ALSO a list of suicide/crisis hotline numbers in the back. (I don't

    benefit from content warnings because I'm jaded af, but I know there are a bajillion people that

    , so, bravo!)

    I'm absolutely looking forward to McKayla's next work!

  • Jasmine Smith

    I didn’t even think I needed this book in my life and then I read the first poem. Then poem after poem, the author let me into their world. This collection of poetry may be short, but it’s everything you didn’t know you needed. The author transports you into her world, shows you the life she’s lived, and makes you feel exactly what she was feeling in the moment. This book will take you on a journey you didn’t know you needed to take, but you do. There are a few triggers in the book, but the auth

    I didn’t even think I needed this book in my life and then I read the first poem. Then poem after poem, the author let me into their world. This collection of poetry may be short, but it’s everything you didn’t know you needed. The author transports you into her world, shows you the life she’s lived, and makes you feel exactly what she was feeling in the moment. This book will take you on a journey you didn’t know you needed to take, but you do. There are a few triggers in the book, but the author is respectful and responsible by putting them up front. Great collection.

  • Sophia Hanson

    Another lovely collection of poetry from McKayla! I really enjoyed Bones in the Garden, but I feel like she has grown as a poet, which is so fun to watch! The whole thing was solid, but there were a handful of lines and poems in particular that were truly stunning. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has struggled with mental health issues, abuse, self harm, or suicidal thoughts. It reminded me that I am not alone. I really enjoyed the illustrations, too! Anyway, well done, McKayl

    Another lovely collection of poetry from McKayla! I really enjoyed Bones in the Garden, but I feel like she has grown as a poet, which is so fun to watch! The whole thing was solid, but there were a handful of lines and poems in particular that were truly stunning. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has struggled with mental health issues, abuse, self harm, or suicidal thoughts. It reminded me that I am not alone. I really enjoyed the illustrations, too! Anyway, well done, McKayla.

  • Nicole Field

    I have read a lot more poetry this year than in previous years, and it's been stunning.

    I'll be honest, though: This one I picked up purely for my love of the semicolon. And the poetry collection inside is framed like a sentence with the actual correct use of a semicolon; not quite a new sentence, but not quite with the same feel of the first part of the sentence.

    In

    , we have we have "Darkness", then "Light." And boy does the dark get

    . There was a trigger warning listed at the b

    I have read a lot more poetry this year than in previous years, and it's been stunning.

    I'll be honest, though: This one I picked up purely for my love of the semicolon. And the poetry collection inside is framed like a sentence with the actual correct use of a semicolon; not quite a new sentence, but not quite with the same feel of the first part of the sentence.

    In

    , we have we have "Darkness", then "Light." And boy does the dark get

    . There was a trigger warning listed at the beginning of this collection, so I'm going to include that here as part of the review:

    Honestly, however, had there not been the "Darkness" segment of this collection, I really doubt that the sweetness of the "Light" would have been so omnipresent. It might have seemed trite, or foolishly wistful.

    As it was, the perfect balance between these two segments within this collection only heightened the experience of both.

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