Hearing the Underwater is a poetry collection that explores reproductive rights, mental illness, motherhood, poverty, and sexuality through a feminist lens. These poems weave quick flashes of imagery and sound through a raw expedition toward self-love. This collection is, ultimately, about survival and acquainting oneself with autonomy.
|Publisher:||Finishing Line Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.10(d)|
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Table of Contents
Venal Exodus 1
Cynicism and Other Synonyms 3
Ode To The Uterus 7
Conflict, Changing Lanes, and the Hypocritical Silence
that Ensues 8
magic, blue lights, and velvet loveseats 9
Defund the Female Phobic 10
A (Self) Love Story 11
Within Your White Picket Fence 12
The Underwater 13
hollow lungs, eyes, kazoos, and fingernails 14
Because You Asked About Love, I’ll Tell You 15
Erasure Poem from Virginia Woolf’s “The Voyage Out” 18
Cycle Demise 19
280 days in 21
As You’ve Heard 22
Self Care and Other Unattainables 23
Middle School 24
I don’t know 25
shot down 26
Forewarning Pantoum 27
Maternal Encounters of Disregard 28
The Table Where We Sat and Sit 29
Muzzled Magic 30
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I once described Savannah Slone's poetry as giving me a feeling similar to that of romping around in the woods and standing on the dilapidated old mattress that covered a well. It's anticipation, imagination, a gut punch. It's also resilient and a clear reflection of her soul. I can't wait to hear what Savannah has to say in the future.
Slone is trying to make her point, to plant a flag on the world and write her name across it. There is an essence of her own identity coursing through the veins of each page, and although I did not know her previous to this book, I feel confident I could identify a Savannah Slone poem just from its tone. That’s not an easy feat. [...] Savannah Slone is a bold writer with no problem baring all in the interest of social and political upheaval/change. She is writing her own story to share with others, as much as she is listing a manifesto which she continues to implement. It is like ‘Hearing The Underwater’ is a taster of a young writer’s promises and demands, and her future is the journey of a leader.
I just finished reading this new collection by Savannah Slone after having been sent the ebook in exchange for a review. Here is a voice building itself through poetry, often painfully and evincing a weariness that comes from experience and from an identity hard-earned. There are moments when I am right with her. In "Cynicism and Other Symptoms": "When I have greasy hair, / I am incapable of being happy / yet I put it off just long enough / because feeling agitated feels good sometimes." I hear ya girl. My only complaint is that her verse occasionally leans toward journal poetry. The phrasing becomes slightly predictable, where I would like to read the unexpected, and I feel like I'm being lectured rather than invited to feel what she wants me to feel. Yet often, just as I am feeling this way, she gives me the unexpected line that I want. Little moments of play or darkness. One of my favourite poems was her last, "Muzzled Magic". I like Slone best at her most abstract—her talent with imagery and unique specificity allows me to lose myself for a moment in her stream and feel my way through.
Peer. Friend. Role Model. Savannah Slone does it again. I have been reading her writing for several years in both a professional and personal environment and she never fails to blow me away. I am unsure how talent was bred so easily within her mind but she makes better use of it than anyone else I know. Five stars isn't enough to fully portray how I feel about this chapbook. Hearing the Underwater is a powerful, enchanting, consuming collection of poems that encompass multiple different hard-to-talk-about topics. "...and I'll be stuck in two realms: unfounded fear and awestruck observation. That's how I feel most of the time, really". Savannah encapsulated the inner workings of her mind and put it on paper. She took the most difficult emotions and actually formed sentences to explain them. That is not something easily done and something we should all aspire to attempt in our own writing. Cynicism and Other Synonyms is one of my two favorite poems within this collection because of its raw energy. I have never read something so mind-numbingly beautiful and understated all at once. It's the simplest concept transformed into an eye-opening poem that digs deep into both her personality and your own. Self Care and Other Unattainables is my second favorite poem within this collection, though it was difficult to narrow it down. "You want to take better care of yourself, but you're not in the mood and neither am I". A simple striking sentence about the dangers of lack of self care. It can lead to depression, anxiety, and worse, but it's a difficult habit to get into. Loving oneself is not an easy feat and this poem demonstrates that seamlessly. The rest of the poems in this collection discuss important topics such as abortion, racism, gun control, mental health, and others. It is an important look into our current society and how bad things can go when the wrong people are in control of our country. "...or you could always revolt against the United States of Hate and Privilege". Savannah uses her platform to educate and inspire people of all races, genders, and classes to look inside themselves and see what's really there. Her writing is an intense view of our world from a single perspective. Savannah Slone should be seen as an inspiration to the poetry community because of her dedication, passion, and raw creativity. This collection of poems is unlike any I have ever seen because of her specific writing style and how she views the world through glasses that are anything but rose-colored.
This is an excellent read! The imagery is brilliant and unexpected at times. I highly recommend this book!