How to Cure a Ghost
I don’t usually read poetry, I don’t know how to. Or at least when I ‘ve tried I’ve felt like I’m reading it wrong and stop reading. However, there is not a more difficult and profound style of writing than poetry if I say so myself.
Literary is a hard world to get into, people tend to overpraise the classics and the masters of the literature (which, even if it’s well deserved, the praise is more about the name than the work) while the new writers are a joke to the purists, and poets have it worse. I’ve read the classics feminist such as Plath and Dickinson, and the must-to-read like T.S.Eliot, Frost, and Blake but I’ve also read some of the new wave of poets than get mocked at because of their work, one of them being Rupi Kaur (who probably is the most laughed at poet I’ve seen on social media).
Anyway, after rambling for a little my point is that there are a few young people out there that have poems that reflect the modern age struggles that may relate to plenty and give you a lot to think about, and Fariha Róisín is no different.
Róisín is an australian-canadian muslim poet and in How to Cure a Ghost she deals with racism, identity, love and misogyny. She mixes heavy topics with humour, like her poem All the Things We’re Actually Thinking When Men Think We’re Staring.
I still don’t know if I read it how it is supposed to, but I loved it: From the topic to the style of writing, to the design of the interiors, the paper used, the format, the illustrations and the cover. It is a good book to own if you want one for your collection.