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We Carry the Sky Paperback – Import, 5 Dec 2016
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About the Author
McKayla Robbin is a poet based in Charleston, South Carolina. She earned a B.A. in English from The College of William and Mary and is currently working towards a Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry at The College of Charleston. Her writing has previously been published in The San Diego Poetry Annual, and Charleston Magazine..
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While the poems are well written, fierce, and lovely, the structure of the book gives them a further depth that I might have missed if I had read the poems out of order or stretched over a period of days/weeks. we carry the sky is divided into four parts with distinct themes; there are certain images that run through the book (the moon, fists, flowers, stars) and connect the sections, but the parts are also recognizably different, and they grow into each other. I read part i as a history of womanhood, part ii as the story of modern struggles/politics, part iii as poems about romantic love/lust/etc., and part iv as poems about the self and friendship. Someone else may get something else out of each section, but it is clear that the poems were divided due to their central themes. Many of the poems run into each other smoothly, either obviously (i.e. "i am unfolding/my fists/and finding flowers there" to "i am unfolding/my fists/and finding fire there") or more subtly (i.e. "sorry to be a woman,/eve learned to say/and/now we have to/unteach/her apology/from our/mouths" to "how long has the blame/rested/squarely/on our shoulders/i am setting it down now/i have other clouds/to carry"). I found that the poems I enjoyed the most throughout tended to lead to the next; they made for a very cohesive reading experience, which is difficult to achieve in a collection of short poetry.
Overall, this was a clever and current book. It made me think, and I enjoyed reading it quite a lot. I appreciated that the consideration given to form and structure extended to the book as a whole. Definitely worth a read.