REVIEW: Depersonalise

It has been a hot minute since we’ve had a poetry collection on this blog. Behind the scenes…there were a few which I DNF-ed at an early stage, not having read enough to give it a review. This one somehow managed to save my poetry slump! A short, debut poetry collection by a young poet.

by MSJ

get it here


If you enjoy the idea of exploring a range of unique black and white art alongside poetry and prose, this is the book for you!

“Depersonalise” is MSJs debut contemporary collection which explores love, loss, and the feeling of not being present but rather merely watching life go by and realising in retrospection. The free form poetry found within the book touches upon struggles associated with mental health and life. Enjoy the beautiful illustrations which accompany every poem within.

Poetry from this collection will leave readers reminiscing about the past, in search of comfort in their memories. Don’t we all wish you could relive certain moments?

(This collection would be great for young adults who not only enjoy modern poetry, but also art)


Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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

“I always wondered
if one day
you’d search
for yourself
in my writing”

Depersonalise, MSJ

It opened strong with a meta, which I really appreciate.

Depersonalise is a collection of 23 short, modern poems centered around love and loss. It’s one about losing yourself and slowly coming to terms with it.

MSJ’s poetry balances storytelling, emotions and sensory impact well. Her vocabulary had me constantly looking up words on Google, wondering how on earth would someone have thought to use it in a sentence (which I recommend doing, since some of these words I never knew existed but am very pleased to have found a word for bitter verbal attacks). However, I wished there were more. It’s definitely a good debut collection and there were definitely some poems I loved in it.

The illustrations accompanying the poems were in various, diverse styles from 12 artists. I loved how the poet collaborated with young artists from all around the world and rightfully credited them.

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