She’s Gone: Broken, Battered and Bruised
by JAnn Bowers. Reviewed by Gabriel Constans
You wouldn’t think that poems awash in sadness, heartbreak, loneliness, and darkness, would be interesting to read, but this collection is. The poet, JAnn Bowers, has used this form of writing as a catharsis, without any filter, or concern, for sharing her deepest hurt and pain.
She’s Gone is not for the faint of heart, or someone who wants to read happy, lyrical poetry filled with flowers, love, and sweetness. Though there is nothing wrong with that poetry, this is different. Here’s her poem Such A Fool which speaks of friendship and loss with insight and clarity.
As I sit here wiping the tears from my eyes
Knowing that I have lost you as a friend
You meant the world to me
My heart breaks because I know I will miss you
But then I know it’s time to move on
To deal with this loss
And bury the hatchet
That broke us apart
As I say my goodbyes
With tears in my eyes
I will walk away with my head up high
For I know you will always be there in the back of my mind.
And in my heart
For I know you are
Fighting it to
So take care, my friend
I will always cherish you.
Ms. Bowers states in the book that she has moved on and found some solace and breaks, from episodes of depression and hopelessness, but felt that the poems in She’s Gone were needed, for her, at the time they were written. Readers can identify with times in there lives when they too may have touched the edges, or were inundated, with such feelings of despair and pain themselves.