Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on December 11th 2015
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Ophelia Wears Black is a collection of poetry and prose focusing on the shadow aspects and dark side of the human experience through the eyes of a young girl. Divided into four parts, each mirroring the cycling seasons, we follow Ophelia into her own re-imagined Underworld where she learns to make sense of and find the perfection and necessity of her own inner darkness.
I came across Amil’s work via instagram. She would post her smaller works on the social media site, and they did not take long to find their way to the popular page. I became obsessed very quickly but could not get her book until mid 2016, a few months after it came out. When I finally got my hands on it, I was ecstatic.
I’ve avoided writing this review for a long while, I didn’t know how to review poetry. Or if anyone would care for a poetry review. But with the massive success of ‘Milk & Honey’ I figure the world could use some insight on the somewhat underground world of published poetry.
I would only read a piece at a time, and spend more time pondering the meaning. All those years of analyzing in AP english classes can really affect how you read things. But it’s not a bad issue to have. The book is full of life, a narrative so vague you can create your own world but descriptive enough you can feel the woes of the narrator for all they’re worth. There is a slight aura of horror to the poetry, but it’s overpowered by an intense feeling of loss and love. The art throughout only adds to the melancholy feel of the book.
It is an amazing yet terrifying journey to go on.