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White Knuckle: A Poetry Collection Kindle Edition
Bruce's debut poetry collection, an autobiographical report on the reality of life in a poverty-stricken, drug and violence-fuelled environment, is a gut-wrenching composition of grief, loss, and abandonment at an early age.
This powerful book is brutal, tragic, and moving: an essential read.
Shortlisted for the 2021 International Poetry Book Awards.
Praise for White Knuckle:
"These are vital poems rooted in personal experience but which reach out into common ground."
— Bob Beagrie, Ek Zuban
"There are experiences in poetry to which you become a witness. And it is essential that there be witnesses."
— Helena Nelson, The Sphinx Review
"Steven Bruce's poetry is intelligent, sharp, and demands to be heard."
— Mandy Maxwell, The Stanza
here is impeccable, giving the entire collection a cadence
akin to that of a march through the author's own
-- Owen Green, The Book Nook Review
"One of the most authentic autobiographies told in verse."
-- Steve Quade, Indies Today
"This is a very powerful and inspiring book that will touch
the hearts of a lot of readers."
-- Ria Kataria, The Online Book Club
"This is an in-depth essay unravelling through complex human
emotions. Their beauty lies in their unadulterated voice."
-- Amina Thajudeen, The Ultimate Reviewer
"The true power of poetry is sharing the struggles of life
and this book drives that home."
-- Rob Alex, Book Promotion Club --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B08HY35T2W
- Publisher : 1987 Books; 1st edition (September 12, 2020)
- Publication date : September 12, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 738 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 102 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #915,958 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
About the author
Top reviews from the United States
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These poems are beautifully written and tell a story. No child should have to endure the childhood this man lived. Each poem paints a vivid, yet disturbing image of a child growing up in an environment filled with violence, drug abuse, and neglect.
Along with tragedy, there is hope. Although we see much pain and suffering throughout this man's childhood, we also see forgiveness and perseverance. If this man could rise from the abusive and neglectful childhood described here, than there is hope for all.
I highly recommend this book
It may be a trigger warning for some, but if you're ready to heal, this collection of poems can help you through your journey.
It's never too late to heal and thank you to the author, Steven Bruce, for being vulnerable and giving us a glimpse into his struggles and healing.
Poetry simultaneously softens complex emotions and makes them feel deeper. Lucky for those who managed not to involve into this depth of feelings, but to remain an outside observer, worrying about the boy and hoping for the best.
If you are attracted to honest feelings, then set aside an evening for this collection of poetry.
Top reviews from other countries
Recently I listened to the song 'Callow', by one of my favourite bands, Therapy. There is a line in it - 'if you take away my demons, you take my angels too'. Compare this also with the Bukowski line about sitting down with your demons and have a drink and a laugh with them, and you get to a place where you realise that someone who is brave enough to do so, and talented enough to compress it into poetry is a creative soul we should treasure.
Buy the book, go on the journey with Steven, don't be afraid to laugh at the dark humour and have a drink with his demons. And stay with him and his fantastic poetry as we wait to see where he goes next.