Poetry Short Stories

[Dis]Connected: Poems and Stories – Michelle Halket

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23 September 2018
Disconnected Book Cover Disconnected
Michelle Halket
Fiction
2018-10
256

Humanity exists in a hyper connected world, where our closest friends, loves and enemies lie but a keyboard stroke away. Few know this better than the poets who have risen to the top of their trade by sharing their emotion, opinion and art with millions of fans. Combining the poetic forces of some of today's most popular and confessional poets, this book presents poems and short stories about connection wrapped up in a most unique exercise in creative writing. Follow along as your favorite poets connect with each other; offering their poetry to the next poet who tells a story based on the concept presented to them. With poetry, stories and art, [Dis]Connected is a mixed media presentation of connection, isolation, love and loneliness.

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[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.

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Peter Donnelly
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