Depression & Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim

Depression & Other Magic Tricks

Depression & Other Magic Tricks is the debut book by Sabrina Benaim, one of the most-viewed performance poets of all time, whose poem "Explaining My Depression to My Mother" has become a cultural phenomenon with over 5,000,000 views. Depression & Other Magic Tricks explores themes of mental health, love, and family. It is a documentation of struggle and triumph, a...

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ISBN:1943735204
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:112 pages

Depression & Other Magic Tricks Reviews

  • Natalie

    Waking up to the news that Sabrina Benaim had released a poetry collection genuinely put a smile on my face this morning.

    is the debut book by Sabrina Benaim, one of the most-viewed performance poets of all time, whose poem "

    " has become a cultural phenomenon with over 50 million views. Depression & Other Magic Tricks explores themes of mental health, love, and family. It is a documentation of struggle and triumph, a cel

    Waking up to the news that Sabrina Benaim had released a poetry collection genuinely put a smile on my face this morning.

    is the debut book by Sabrina Benaim, one of the most-viewed performance poets of all time, whose poem "

    " has become a cultural phenomenon with over 50 million views. Depression & Other Magic Tricks explores themes of mental health, love, and family. It is a documentation of struggle and triumph, a celebration of daily life and of living. Benaim's wit, empathy, and gift for language produce a work of endless wonder.

    I was pleased to find that her voice, both written and spoken, is so distuigished that it’s impossible not to hear it while reading. However, unlike her live slam poems where you can feel her passion translate over onto you, in 

    I failed to experience the same.

    While reading this collection there just wasn’t ever that moment of epiphany of "YES! I can relate and understand because I feel that way too." My attention was solely focused on trying to decipher what each poem meant and also who it’s supposed to be directed at. I never really felt like we got a solid look into the themes promised in the blurb above, rather just mentions of it. I feel like most of the pieces were more on loneliness and breakups and romance, as opposed to a sharp focus on mental health. So I repeatedly felt as if I'd missed something major upon completing each poem and like I was in way over my head with this.

    Still, I'd like to include three works that sparked something indescribable in me:

    Overall, though my expectations for Sabrina Benaim's poetry collection weren't quite met, I'm still glad I got the chance to read new works by her.

     

  • Cam (abookeater)

    This collection hit me hard, in the best way possible. I didn't realize I had actually seen this poetess perform online before until I read one poem that seemed so familiar. This collection centers mainly on the author's depression and anxiety. The free verse demonstrates this constant struggle beautifully. I could easily relate to a great majority of the poems as someone who deals with these illnesses herself.

  • Jennifer

    Sometimes I need beautiful, empathizing words to help me process my mood when life goes a bit haywire. Poetry collection:

    was glowing on my computer screen looking for reviewers so I took it as a sign that it was meant to be. As is typical with any art form, I found myself connecting with some of

    's poems more than others but they were all very good. My favorites include Explaining My Depression To My Mother, Girl Beside You, A Plain Truth, How t

    Sometimes I need beautiful, empathizing words to help me process my mood when life goes a bit haywire. Poetry collection:

    was glowing on my computer screen looking for reviewers so I took it as a sign that it was meant to be. As is typical with any art form, I found myself connecting with some of

    's poems more than others but they were all very good. My favorites include Explaining My Depression To My Mother, Girl Beside You, A Plain Truth, How to Fold a Memory, The Other Side of a Memory, On Releasing Light, Poem From Last August California Trip//Yearly Maintenance, Girl Behind You, and Seven Small Ways in Which I Loved Myself This Week. This collection discusses themes related to mood, mental health, family, relationships, and self-care. The

    section indicates Ms. Benaim is seasoned in the art of poetry slam, a type of performance poetry, and I could visualize voice and movement for many of these poems. I personally have never heard of

    before but I now have a new writer of beautiful words to keep an eye out for!

    NetGalley

    Sabrina Benaim

    Button Poetry, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)

    22 Aug 2017

    Health, Mind & Body, Poetry

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