Hey guys! In this week’s blog I’ll be reviewing Jenny Johnson’s poetry collection In Full Velvet. I hope you enjoy!
Sinuous and sensual, the poems of In Full Velvet interrogate the nuances of desire, love, gender, ecology, LGBTQ lineage and community, and the tension between a body’s material limits and the forms made possible by the imagination. Characterized by formal poise, vulnerability, and compassion, Johnson’s debut collection is one of resounding generosity and grace.
I bought In Full Velvet as an impulse buy and I had never heard of it before. I read a lot of Amanda Lovelace and Rupi Kaur’s work which is much different from Johnson’s writing.
I thought that Johnson’s descriptions of nature were refreshing and I enjoyed reading about the metaphors and the LGBT poems, especially the ones regarding gender identity. Johnson has a unique way of words that grips the reader into her writing, even if you can’t relate. Some of the poems I couldn’t understand but the overall meaning of them is recognizable.
Some of my favourite poems from this collection include Little Apophat and Vigil. If you like poems about nature, LGBT, gender identity and desire, then you’ll love In Full Velvet.
Have you read In Full Velvet? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Until next time, love, Vee x