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Hey book-lover! If you are following me on Instagram, you might know that I recently had a chat with Kevyn LeShane. He is a critically acclaimed spoken word artist, poet, and entrepreneur. He began professional writing at the age of 16. By the time he graduated from The College of New Jersey at 22, he had self-published his first full-length anthology, two chapter books, and had won an Outstanding Book Award from the American Education Research Association for his contributions to the book “Open Mic Night: Campus Programs That Champion College Student Voice and Engagement”. Kevyn is passionate and outspoken about social reform. He has worked and volunteered for a variety of equal rights, feminist, and mental health awareness advocacy organizations. He continues to push for social reform in his daily life and regularly uses his platform to discuss social issues, grief, and healthy ways to cope with hardship in his written works. The first part of our conversation was live on Instagram.

A review of the chapbook Medusa Retold written by Sarah Wallis

I am a huge fan of Greek mythology, and Medusa is one of those characters whom I want to explore from different angles. Isabelle Kenyon and I often share our book-reading expectations. When she came to know my hunger for exploring Medusa, she told me that her press (Fly on the Wall Press) recently published a chapbook where Medusa is portrayed from a different perspective. The name of the book is Medusa Retold and it is written by Sarah Wallis. I immediately requested her to send me the book so that I can share my thoughts with you.

Unboxing video of Medusa Retold:

Medusa Retold is a long-form poem. There are thirty pages in this chapbook. The central character of the poetry is Nuala who lives in a modern seaside town. Nuala is brought up by a single mother. Being a loner, her emotions, likes-dislikes differ from others. Athena is Nuala's best friend and they spend time in a band together. If you are wondering how this contemporary character can reflect our ancient Medusa, you have to read this chapbook. The author's note at the very beginning of the book will give you a clear idea about it. 

I don't think that Medusa Retold is a heavy kind of poetry. It is so relatable, so accessible that anyone who loves poetry, will enjoy this chapbook. I did not notice any use of vulgar or profane words in this book. So minors can also jump into this one. Mornings will be the best time to read this book. If you have not read any books for a long time, this chapbook is the perfect option to start your reading habit again. This book will inspire you to read more poems. It will take less than an hour to finish this book, so even a very busy person can read Medusa Retold. If you are into topics like female empowerment, you can taste this book. This book will not disappoint you at all. It's also a great gift for this time of the year. 

Writing Style: Four out of four stars. Writing long-form poetry indicates a poet's ability to balance the content. By reading this book, I am sure that Sarah Wallis mastered the art of writing such poetries. The book is written in a very simple language. Each word came together in a really concise and beautiful way to create this amazing poetry. They say exactly what they need to say. This book sets an example to the new poets to check their fluency in playing with the emotions. I hope Sarah will offer more such awesome poetries to the readers in the upcoming days.

Reading Experience of Medusa Retold:
Four out of four stars. Medusa Retold feels so contemporary, so real and relevant. The poet has beautifully built up the characters. All the elements of this book created a really quite emotional as well as a smooth reading experience.

Overall Rating of Medusa Retold:
Medusa Retold provides a pure poetic atmosphere to the reader. The poet beautifully conveyed emotions like how it feels like to be alone, to be broken and to be a strong girl. This poetry is such a unique and glorious way of portraying Medusa. It is perfectly edited and I didn't notice any typos or grammatical errors. I am giving this brilliant affecting poetry four out of four stars. If someone tells me to write the review of this book in a single line, then I'll write - Medusa Retold is an absolute classic.

I hope this review has given you an idea of the chapbook Medusa Retold. Before you exit this blog, I want to thank you for coming here to read my review. Please write a comment in the comment box below to give me your constructive ideas so that I can write better reviews for you. If you loved this review, share it with your friends, foes and families. It will encourage me to bring more reviews to you. Follow this blog by clicking the follow button on the sidebar and put your email in the subscription box so that you get an email notification whenever I upload a new blog post. Keep smiling, keep reading and stay safe. Bye!


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