Reading these poems was like being swept away in a beautiful cyclone of dark emotions. So much truth and pain and honesty. What a wonderful poet! I love the themes that Chartschenko is concerned with: fear; the loss of self through love; powerlessness; inner beauty and strength; suffering and the comfort of darkness.
This is a collection of wonderful, gritty and exquisitely painful poems. She has three books of poetry out right now and I read all three in a row (I started with The Weightless One, was totally spellbound and knocked off my feet, so read The Whisper Collector, and again was so sucked in and addicted by that point I had to read Bright Needles straight away). But that's how brilliant all three works are.
Read Chartschenko's work whether you are into poetry or not. It is essential reading, and a dizzying, astonishing experience.
-5 Star Amazon Review