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Review by Vanessa Maki

“the bitter end” Review

Instagram poetry more often than not has a certain range to it, most of which is usually low and mostly for wide consumption. But Kaliane Faye exceeds any expectations in her chapbook the bitter end. The books takesa brand of poetry that’s very hollowed out and has made it her own.

Her poetry is formatted for social media (since they originally were made for it) and that offers something different. Especially when there’s less experimentation within chapbooks and most stick to form. Which doesn’t mean those chapbooks shouldn’t be consumed, but it’s important to champion experimental work and overallwork that rejects form.

Within the poems Faye preents her heartbreak authentically and boldly. Giving a brief glimpse into something that she’s had to put to rest. We’re taking a little ride with her during a different point in time, before the relationship/situation dissipated. Her use of descriptive lanauge and also simplicity in some of the poems that read like thoughts. And even while that may sound overly simple - it’s certainly not.

Anybody interested in a quick read from a young poet that’s firmly gripped to her creative niche - then this one’s for you.

The chapbook is available on Amazon in both e-book and print.


Vanessa Maki is a queer writer, artist & blk feminist whose work has appeared or will appear in various places.  She has self-published a handful of chapbooks & currently has two forthcoming in 2020: sweet like limes (Bone & Ink Press) & the chosen one (Animal Heart Press). 

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