Review: Home by Clementine von Radics

Rating: 5/5

Genre: Poetry

You never need to apologize
for how you chose to survive.

I’m probably not the most unbiased person to review this book. My girlfriend let me borrow it from her, telling me it was her favorite book. She even has some of the words freshly tattooed on her body.

So of course I fell in love with this poetry. While not all of it was to my liking, I enjoyed it a lot. Radics’ voice is fresh and real. She crafts her poetry in a free verse form, a mark of her modernity, but it’s her candor that is the most striking aspect of her work. The honesty in her words can be alarming, as she’s not afraid to show off every aspect of herself. She shows herself as kind and as loving, but also as selfish and vicious. Every trait—good, bad, and in between—is shown in her words. She does not apologize, nor does she feel the need to. She simply tells her stories as they are, and that’s incredibly admirable.

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