Book Review – These Days Drip From Me by River Dixon

River Dixon reigns in the writing arena. Hands down one of my favorite authors from the very first piece I ever read, this latest collection of poetry from him is no slouch. River shares twenty-seven of his dark, rich, deep-rooted poems. In fact, I had only two complaints… first, I had to read it in e-book as it is offered electronically exclusively and I prefer paper. Second. It’s too damn short. I love this author way too much to be teased with such a short collection… although, if I’m honest with myself, I suppose I’d rather read a chapbook than no book. So this is a half-gripe.

Every piece within was outstanding, as I expect from this author. A few of my favorites were “All My Time” which starts out with the lines ‘Spend all my time Searching for new ways To say the same old thing’ and ending with the hollow hope of one day having something of value to show for all these days of creating and re-creating. I personally identify with the vast majority of his poetry and this one contains the some of the same thoughts that worry me for my own art. “Scraps” paints a haunting reminder when we fail ourselves and others, even unintentionally, and the after-images left behind as a result. In “The Way it Was” I appreciated the extreme imagery of broken glass shredding one’s skin as reality crashes in on the fantasy world we wrap ourselves in while attempting to please those who watch. “There Was a Place” holds deep longing in memories of something special no longer held. Poignant and relatable. “Till Then” was my favorite piece in the book. Starts where it should: at the beginning, being molded with devilish care, cutting off parts and pieces of the innocent to fit a certain pre-conceived mold. And moving forward through time, realizing that they don’t need to continue cutting on you and shaping you because you are doing it to yourself now. It’s diabolical and unfortunately happens far too often. I speak from real experience here… breaking away from that sort of torture, that mind-circumcision, is very hard to do, and I fear impossible in many cases (in the mind’s eye).

Stellar collection and of course I’ll be slobbering for more morsels when they’re cast out for us. I’m giving this 4.75/5 because, damn it, I want a paperback (and I sort of recanted on the length). Highly recommended to those who appreciate dark modern free verse with the penchant to read the stories in between the lines.

Read more from River Dixon on his website

tara caribou | ©2021

3 Comments on “Book Review – These Days Drip From Me by River Dixon

  1. Great cover, there. Thanks for the review, Tara. I’ll have a look on my kindle. Often I read a book on Kindle and love it so much I have to buy the paperback. Pity it’s not available in this instance.

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    • It’s available exclusively through his website, which you can follow through the link I provided, Potters Grove Press. I really wanted to give it a full five stars but just couldn’t based on that. I hate reading ebooks, to be honest, though I occasionally do. With someone like this, I want to physically own every copy because I know I’m going to read it over and over. I’m one of those people who writes in my books and dog-ears and generally loves them. Ebooks don’t allow for any of that and it’s a shame. Ah well. I can understand because it’s a shorter little chapbook… but I own quite a few chapbooks and they’re adorable and I cherish them.

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      • I agree, Tara, about real books. They should be loved and lived in for sure. I use the kindle when I’m on public transport, and for travelling (the good old days) because you can store as many books as you like on it. Books are so heavy in a suitcase.

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