[Dis]Connected is a collage of beautifully written stories and poems that capture the imagination, as we find, lose and appreciate, those connections we make in life. The premise of the book is to explore, why in an ever-connected world are we seeing isolation and disconnection with so many people. We have created a world where the ability to connect with others is truly awesome but that brings both positive and negative opportunities to interact or feel omitted.
Michelle Halket, very cleverly commissioned this book to illustrate the theme of Connection and Disconnection from a group of contemporary poets. Michelle challenged this concept by asking each poet to write 3 poems, which would be randomly assigned to another group member, who would then write a short story based on one of the poems.
Many of the stories and poems could have existed on their own but perhaps the thematic focus on [Dis]Connection urges us to peer deeper into the literary works to identify where those thoughts are illustrated. In many ways, it is an ingenious way of increasing the impact of a story or poem. What we have in this collection of short stories and poems is a diverse range of settings and emotions. From real hardships to fantasy, from post-apocalyptic to supernatural, and from new-beginnings to murder.
The flow of the book is a poem followed by a short story for about 85% of the book and the final 15% are the other 2 poems from each poet. If you love poetry, short stories and genre variety, you’ll love the beautifully crafted interconnected content of this book.
I would like to thank Michelle Halket, Central Avenue Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC version of the book in return for an honest review.