REVIEW: FLOWERS I SHOULD HAVE THROWN AWAY YESTERDAY BY ELISA MATVEJEVA (MAIDA VALE PUBLISHING)

Flowers I Should Have Thrown Away Yesterday, is the new poetry collection by Elisa Matvejeva. It is a journey into specific moments during different relationships—some good, some bad—she’s had over the years, but this collection seems to blend them together into one continuous relationship. It starts out great, with the honeymoon glow of a new partnership, and over time it becomes stale as the two people grow apart. Matvejeva writes this rise and fall of love with stark honesty, making it hard to look away from. It’s arresting and engaging and makes the reader yearn to find a connection of their own that elicits such a strong and introspective emotions.

I want to be

adored

craved

obsessed over

is that really so wrong

but your touch is waning

and so is my attention

to details that have already

passed us by

and maybe

just maybe

his starlit eyes

were not worth

our exquisite spectacle

but they craved me

and my soul followed

The lack of titles for each poem make this a free-flowing collection blending into itself. In the same way the speaker is feeling her emotions deeply, we’re taken for a fluid trip into the compelling nature of a relationship. This is the beauty of this: when the amorous feelings come to an end, we’re still able to find the gorgeous nature of language. Matvejeva wrote about love in an intriguing way, and she writes about heartbreak in that same intriguing way. It makes me feel like the whole point to anything in life is to feel and feel deeply, regardless of how painful it may be.

Purchase your copy of Flowers I Should Have Thrown Away Yesterday from Maida Vale Publishing.

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