on June 13th 2016
Heaven or This: a collection of love letters in poem form. A story of a girl who loves girls, and the beauty in that, the terror, the yearning and the warning, the endless confusion and innate peace, at once shatteringly delicate and softly visceral.
Heaven or This: a fearless, electric manifesto. A pastel incarnation of grace. The story of a girl who loves girls so deeply that it feels like loving doves or knives.
Before I go into this, I just want to mention that I have zero expertise with poetry and usually do not understand it. I have no nose for symbolism or anything of the sort. I just know that I always find myself attracted to Topaz’ words like a moth to a flame. So when she asked me if I could review her newest poetry bundle, I jumped at the chance. Topaz is very near and dear to my heart, but my opinions haven’t been influenced by her beautiful smile or her luscious hair or the way she calls me “dove”. My opinions are based solely on her words.
she tells me love is the most beautiful natural disaster
and for the first time, my tsunami heart believes it
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Topaz Winters has a way with words. And what a way! I usually call her a “word magician”. Her work is just never disappointing. In Heaven or This, a collection of poems about girls who love other girls, Topaz weaves a web of imagery that leaves you spellbound. She tells stories of the wonder and the shame, of the pleasure and the hate, in such a way that it enchants you and makes your heart grow all fuzzy. It is a wondrous feeling.
No, I am not a poetry buff, but I know real and raw talent when I see it. Topaz’ words ooze fireworks as they put a spell on you and ensnare your heart. This makes me feel so many things. It’s sad, it’s beautiful, it’s divine. Topaz Winters is a goddess.
Discover the magic for yourself for free.