REVIEW: do you suffer?

Every second week of the month, we read a poetry collection. I have a lot of those and there’s definitely going to be more on my blog in the future.

I do fear that I fall into some sort of poetry niche, since I enjoy reading different genres and need to switch it up, else I become desensitized. There will be a lot more coming in November, and in January, but not too much that it will flood you.


do you suffer?
by Guinevere Yoseyva,

get it here


“do you suffer?” is Guinevere Yoseyva’s first book of poetry spanning from late 2018 – 2019. This collection of their work exists as a documentation of their internal suffering from this period. It is a manifestation of their attempt to work through this mindset and lives as a release of these emotions.


Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

*A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

“do you suffer?” is a collection of poems centered around the theme of suffering from sadness, anger, loss and betrayal. It is personal and reflective, and it feels like I’m reading a diary.

Yoseyva’s poetry is a joy to read. I enjoyed the personification and the way the poet chooses to describe things. Unlike many poems that focuses on imagery, the poet chooses words carefully that emphasises feelings. I have a few favourite lines but especially the opening line below, it still makes my jaw drop, even weeks after reading it.

the grinning moon
smiles down on everyone
but me

Guinevere Yoseyva

I love the titles. To me, that was the best part of this collection. I also enjoyed the way the writer uses the formatting of text to enhance emotions and context, it’s always a pleasure to read books like that.

However, I have some minor issues with this book. There were some poems I couldn’t understand because of the context (I don’t get the part about Paris Hilton’s jealousy..?) so I couldn’t enjoy it fully. There were also minor spelling errors which were overlooked, but it didn’t affect the reading too much.

Yoseyva is also an artist, which you can view and purchase here.


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