- Paperback: 132 pages
- Publisher: Sudden Denouement Publishing (July 26 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780999079652
- ISBN-13: 978-0999079652
- ASIN: 0999079654
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.8 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 159 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,451,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Poet Christine Ray's first printed collection of poetry, Composition of a Woman (Sudden Denouement Press, 2018) is a striking, fearless foray into the psyche of womanhood, both highly relatable and intensely personal for female readers and achingly candid and fascinating for male."
Candice Louisa Daquin, Pinch the Lock
"Christine Ray brilliantly split Composition into five thoughtful sections that work together beautifully to deliver the maximum impact of each poem while taking the reader deeper into a stunning journey of the mind, the body, the very soul of this person. In Composition, Christine Ray reveals so much of what we try to hide, and she does so while dancing between ruthlessly beautiful and heartbreakingly painful."
Nicole Lyons, I Am A World of Uncertainties Disguised As a Girl
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Christine Ray’s debut collection ‘Composition of a Woman’ is an extraordinary glimpse into the essence of what it takes to make, and sometimes simultaneously break, a woman as strikingly powerful as she is beautiful.
Christine Ray brilliantly split ‘Composition’ into five thoughtful sections that work together beautifully to deliver the maximum impact of each poem while taking the reader deeper into a stunning journey of the mind, the body, the very soul of this person. In Composition, Christine Ray reveals so much of what we try to hide, and she does so while dancing between ruthlessly beautiful and heartbreakingly painful.
While Ray’s work is often merciless in its unapologetic, in-your-face delivery
the mean girls smelled
like cruelty mixed with uncertainty
disdain peppered with insecurity
ravenous hunger and envy
(What Little Girls Are Made Of)
it is never short of exquisite
she brings black roses
fireflies like stars in her sky
bare feet caress the dewy ground
night blooming jasmine
reaching up to brush her opal skin
(Black Roses and Moonlight)
nor is it ever lacking in white-hot power
I will travel the ancient ways
clothed only in my dark tresses
my alabaster skin
don a crown of rose and poppy
their scent filling the air
I will take back this night
shape its darkness with my hands
make it blaze with stars and moonlight
create a road for my daughters and sisters
to follow home
Christine Ray holds nothing back when she writes about the pain of depression and a failing body. She is raw and unashamed when she speaks to sexuality and the way society still reeks of misogyny and the absence of humanity. But at her very best she is empowering, speaking to the brave and reckless women who she lovingly refers to as sisters.
‘Composition’ is a beautiful book that takes the time to acknowledge that while some of the weight we carry through life may not be ours to carry, sometimes carrying it is just as important as knowing when to let it all go.
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Read it slow, savor each piece, and let its strength empower you.
This is a must for every poetic library.
For those who seek the real deal in poetry, it still exists, though of course like anything rare and unspoiled you cannot pluck it from the typical main stream tree but must work for it. Christine Ray pours herself into this collection of her poetry without fear, she doesn't edit back her truth, she lets it fill the sea and drown her before being reborn as a woman who will not quit. If you are one who still reads poetry at bedtime and finds within it, the true language of our existence then I recommend this beyond most collections for its sheer audacious need to be real and say it. For years women have been silenced by themselves and others and society en mass. Christine Ray proves a woman's will and her substance will carry her through the worst of times and she leaves with her art, the beginning of a new movement of women, composing themselves again in the shadow of their suffering and the dawn of a new day. Sublime. Cannot recommend more highly.