In a Dream You Saw a Way to Survive | Review

Title: In a Dream You Saw a Way to Survive
Author: Clementine von Radics
Pages: 96 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Rating: ★★★

A lyrical poet, Clementine von Radics presents In a Dream You Saw a Way to Survive, a collection of brutally honest poetry that lends itself to the powerful anthem of survival.

This collection bravely explores life at its darkest and most inspiring moments – drawing on central themes of love, loss, mental health, and abuse. An attempt to understand and to be understood, In a Dream You Saw a Way to Survive is an ode to vulnerability that delivers concentrated, thought-provoking, and earnest verse


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In a Dream You Saw a Way to Survive is a poetry collection about love, cheating, abortion, loss, abuse and consists of two parts.

You spend years building a home
just to watch it destroyed in seconds. 

This is the first poetry collection I read by Clementine von Radics and I liked it. There were some beautiful poems I could relate to and I liked that Clementine was really raw and honest.

My healing is ugly. 
My edges cracked and uninspiring.

But still, they are my edges.
Still, I am healing. 

There were some poems that were okay but I could still feel the emotion behind her words. I cannot wait to read some of her other poetry collections!

I’m saying I loved a man for years
thinking he was the bandage
only to realize he was the wound.
Favourite poems:
  • Storm
  • You aplogize for your mistake 
  • The Fear
  • Ever the optimist
  • Post-term
  • To the protester outside of the clinic who called me a murderer
  • Bitter
  • A bird flew
  • Notes on the term survivor
  • You are on the floor crying
  • For Vincent van Gogh, Patron Saint of Psychotic Manic Depressives