Sheree Fitch is a multi-talented writer of fiction, children’s books, nonfiction, plays and poetry. This newest book, subtitled “a book of moments,” is a book of grief poetry. Her title, “You Won’t Always Be This Sad,” was something her mother told her through the grieving process of losing her son at a young age. Her mother, too, lost a son unexpectedly much too soon.
This is one of the most profound books of poetry on grief and loss and pain I have ever read. Her emotions and feelings are raw. Her beloved son is dead and nothing she can do will ever change that. She runs through many difficult ups and downs of the grieving process her heart on her sleeve, holding nothing back and bearing everything for all to see. It was fascinating to see the many sources she pulled in her grief journey from verses in the Bible to the wisdom of philosophical thinkers to other modern-day poets like Mary Oliver.
The book is written as a single continuous poem. None of them are titled and they are broken up between pages and the style changes on every new page. Some pages are written in free verse, others are shape poems, some are acrostics, and many other types of forms that Ms. Fitch uses to say and show the readers her grief. I loved the way she utilized the poetic forms and styles to communicate her grief journey. It is sad and inspiring sometimes in the same poem. She is fully present to all that she is experiencing, and yet, there is still hope that remains that this grief will resolve, her pain will subside, the morning sun will arise and a new day will begin.
I received this eBook free of charge from Nimbus Publishing Ltd via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I did not receive any fiscal compensation from either company for this review and the opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.