Book Review: “An Isolated Storm” by Kaye Spivey

Title: An Isolated Storm

Author: Kaye Spivey

Genre: Contemporary Poetry

Rating: 4/5


An Isolated Storm” is the debut poetry collection by Kaye Spivey. It contains thirty-four pieces of work, all very beautifully written.

The thing with poetry books is that there’s no way to really tell if you’re going to like it until you read it, really. The blurb can only tell you so much, because everyone’s idea of poetry is different, which I think is what makes it so magical.

I went into “An Isolated Storm” with very few preconceptions because of this, and I was very, very happy with what I found between the pages. The style is very similar to other contemporary poets such as Rupi Kaur, Warsan Shire, and Nikita Gill. There is a very large divide amongst the “poetry community” with regards to this type of work, but for my part I find it incredibly refreshing, and reminiscent of the Greek poet Sappho; lyrical and feminine.

Kaye Spivey delivers all of these things in this collection, along with raw, pulsing emotion, beautiful use of language, and vivid imagery, both natural and modern. I particularly enjoyed “Notion of Romance”, “Trees of Autumn”, and “In Meter” for their sheer emotive power, but my favourite was definitely “Standard Visibility”. It was one of the shorter poems in the collection, but it had such a punch to it, and resonated with me to the point I had to stop reading for a half hour just to soak it up.

All in all I would recommend this book very highly to lovers of contemporary poetry, and I look forward to reading Kaye Spivey’s newest collection “Fragments” very soon.


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