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~

  • 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

    EDIT: 17/7/18 - My previous review was redacted as I'm transferring my reviews onto my personal GR account - Melissa (thebookishpoet).

    Semicolon is incredible. You must read it.

  • 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.

  • Katie

    Split into two chapters of Darkness, and Light, Darkness writes from a place of depression, a possible eating disorder, and emotional turmoil. McKayla does not title her poems, and invites the reader to make these poems our own. They do feel general. There are a few of the poems, like Dear Me that writes, 'i don't see you

    making it to 18

    i don't see you fulfilling your dreams,'

    that really got to me. I also like that McKayla writes a graphic, as it's happening, incident of self-harm in one of the p

    Split into two chapters of Darkness, and Light, Darkness writes from a place of depression, a possible eating disorder, and emotional turmoil. McKayla does not title her poems, and invites the reader to make these poems our own. They do feel general. There are a few of the poems, like Dear Me that writes, 'i don't see you

    making it to 18

    i don't see you fulfilling your dreams,'

    that really got to me. I also like that McKayla writes a graphic, as it's happening, incident of self-harm in one of the poems, as it's not something I find is written about in poetry, and perhaps is too taboo for some people.

    Lightness is the balance to that darkness, and a getting back onto your feet, ‘but i continued to fight

    just so i could have

    the last laugh,’

    I did feel that McKayla opened herself up to the reader, and Semi-Colon is an unguarded read. It’s honest.

    Well presented, illustrated, and edited, McKayla is a poet I cannot wait to read more of.

  • Rehan Abd Jamil

    Surviving my sadness was never easy

    it came in waves

    even when i thought it was safe..

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