Book Review: Your Heart is the Sea by Nikita Gill

Your Heart is the SeaTitle: Your Heart is the Sea

Author: Nikita Gill

Published by: Thought Catalog Books

Publishing date: November 22nd 2018

Genre: Poetry

Pages: 200

Let poetry help you examine the depths of your wounds. Let it remind you that no matter how deep it goes, you will be able to heal it because you have been able to heal every single wound inflicted on your heart and soul before. Let these words show you that you will be able to find the light at the end of the wound because you have always found your way before.

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A copy of this book was provided  by Thought Catalog Books  in exchange of an honest review.

Your Heart is the Sea is a poetry collection that touches on sensitive subjects like emotional abuse, sexual assault, feelings of abandonment, mental illness (depression and anxiety) and self- harm, and it deals with them in a thoughtful, insightful and powerful way.

“People aren’t buildings. We aren’t ancient monuments that, once ravaged by some forgotten war, lie in permanent ruins of ourselves” 

Like most poetry collections, not all the poems in Your Heart is the Sea manage to have the same impact, the same resonance, but there’s a consistency in this collection that I appreciated. That probably has to do with the way the collection is organized in different sections that group poems together that address similar themes.

My favorite section was the first one called The Anguish, because  it contains the poems that resonated more strongly with me, especially in terms of mental illness. For me, the most relatable poem in the collection is The War Called Anxiety, in which Nikita Gill defines anxiety saying:

“It is the habit of fashioning bullets within my head. It is the unwanted practice of treating my body like it is a pistol, constatly waiting for someone to pull my trigger” 

That poem had a huge emotional impact on me when I first read it and it has continued to have that impact  all the times that I have re-read it since then. Nikita Gill found a way to perfectly describe my experience with anxiety, while being raw and honest, which means a lot to me.

Every section from this collection has poems that stand out for how relatable and touching they are. Nonetheless, another section that I particulary enjoyed is titled The Worship and it’s dedicated to heroes and gods from greek mythology, and it includes fascinating and captivating poems, including my favorite one, which is called How to Become a Myth.

Lastly, I would like to mention that the design of this poetry collection, which is based on the sea, is beautiful. From the cover to the images that are included to the color of the pages, everything works really well and adds to the experience of reading the poems.

Overall, Your Heart is the Sea is a powerful, touching and heartfelt poetry collection that deals with sensitive topics in a thoughful and insightful way.

Have you read this book or any of Nikita Gill’s books? What poetry collection do you love and would recommend? 

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