TITLE: Mad Woman
AUTHOR: Kat Savage
NUMBER OF PAGES: 49
PUBLICATION DATE: June 29, 2016
To be honest, the first time I saw this book slide past suggestions on my amazon account, I was terrified by the title, Mad Woman. In a world, whereby mental, emotional, or psychological disorder is stigmatized, who openly accepts this title without fear? I read the book and what even terrified me more was that I could relate to how Kat Savage wrote. She writes openly and freely.
Kat has a way of analyzing pain and its cause, which makes her words easier to connect to. She writes this book for herself but with open doors for other people like her, to claim it. She talks about love in a crippling way, having the audacity to call names that apply to its effect, like how love makes one narcissistic. Her poems unearth her feminist intention slowly and her honest perception of religion and its tactics. In short letters and monologues, she writes of rape, body image, addiction, and weight.
In sections of Kat's work, I feel that the title, Mad Woman, has a deeper meaning to it. It sells an uncaring attitude towards shame, towards normality or conformity. On the other hand, it reveals the imprisonment that acknowledging sanity brings, how it locks you down to what everybody else wants and expects of you. This collection is personal and naked, it does not hide its intention or lock them poetically yet the words cause 'aha moments.' It is a book that soaks a reader and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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