Right from the front cover, the choice of art work projects a sense that “Depression’s Dance” by HastyWords is a silent one, while in another way the choice of font, and photographic image asks us to listen, and observe the dance. “Depression’s Dance”.
Having heard a little about the book above before reading, initially I thought, okay, this is going to be a book of poems. Poems which communicate an individual’s struggle, fight, dance with depression. It’s different for each of us, who’ve become navigators on the darkest of seas ever to see each tangle, twist in the weather, fouling our thoughts, each individual story, life, a different give and take to the tale.
Oh was I wrong. Just a book of poems, one will not find here. Rather well crafted is “Depression’s Dance”, for if you expected to read alone, one would be bitterly disappointed. Hasty, and Depression, two companions, for I possibly don’t believe they’re friends, give one a glimpse into a journey traveled, down through dark places, sometimes silent places.
So one needs to be prepared, for if your dance card is not already full, it soon will be, the most essential piece to the conversation (there’s not really a dance card). Sorry, perhaps it’s best I don’t give too much away,though suffice to say a reader introduced to the two protagonists, but you’ll have to take a look yourself to discover more, so here’s a few statistics.
Forty-four poems dance across the pages of “Depression’s Dance”, accompanied by forty-seven photographic images, and photographic art. Thirty-seven times will depression fill your dance card for attention, while Hasty will let the poetry tell her story, along with seven other moments to listen out for as they come along.
“Depression’s Dance” also contains a well thought out selection of prose, with the shorter pieces taking one inside moments,there are four longer ones. Two come after the first short act, then another two (which I think is one split into two parts) after the second act, like intermission, they lend a helping hand in absorbing the story as it dances through the poetry, and opens up what “Depression’s Dance” is about, and individual’s, the authors story living with depression. Seven pieces of prose.
Having finished reading the book earlier in the week, I’ve had time to think about it as a piece of communication, the way the delivers in a number of different literature styles. Poetry, prose, dialogue, thoughts. These are coupled with art, and photography, is it multimedia, mixed literature, either way, “Depression’s Dance” will find readers coming away with different perspectives on the book, and depression. In one way, or another, it’s lending a hand, and a hand up is always good to find, even while reading inside of another’s personal, and now shared (to a degree,) space.
Coming up along with the above reviews, and two versions to a short story titled, “Lost and letting go (Let’s go)”, via a Roadhouse prompt in the next month, or so. While in between the scatterings of poetry, will be a long lost feature profile on freelance artist and illustrator Tomomi Sarafov over at ARTGATE.
Also looking for a couple of novels (ebooks) to read in the next couple of months, any suggestions?
Happy reading, all!