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Book Review: Decayed State by Vanessa Maki

disclaimer: I was given this work as an ARC in return for an honest review.

Vanessa Maki's chapbook, 'decayed state' is filled to the brim with vivid and haunting imagery that tackles a garden of emotionally-charged topics.


Favourites include the dark and grimly romantic 'anger never leaves me', 'I know what drifting is' and 'dark paradise'.


Other haunting pieces follow the draining trails of trauma, the relentless cycles of self destruction, numbness and big questions such as 'what is normal?' and 'what does it feel like to be normal?'


As a whole, this chapbook is a mini treasure chest of poetry that not only draws you in with its dark, lyrical language but also with its blunt and brave vulnerability.



Vanessa Maki is a queer writer, artist & blk feminist whose work has appeared or will appear in various places. She's horror columnist for Pussy Magic. She has self-published chapbooks & has several chapbooks forthcoming or out this year: the chosen one (Animal Heart Press), sweet like limes (Bone & Ink Press), decayed state & another final girl (Roaring Junior Press).


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You can find her work here:

the chosen one 

various self published chapbooks

CLAIRE L. SMITH is an Australian author, poet and filmmaker. Her debut gothic horror novella, HELENA is due for release via Clash Books in October 2020.

Copyright © Claire L. Smith 2020