Broken Doll: Poetry and Artwork From the Mental Hospital by Michelle Torez
Thank you to the author for my free e-copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Goodreads Synopsis: A brutally honest, raw collection of poetry accompanied with original artwork. This collection pours desperation, confusion and anger as Michelle describes spending her entire childhood from just twelve years old sectioned, trapped in psychiatric units being subjected to tortuous abuse.
Review: I normally decline when asked to review poetry, because as I don’t ever read it, I don’t feel qualified to review it. Michelle’s collection of poetry really intrigued me however, as it was written while she was lost in the system, stuck in different mental institutions.
The “about the author” section in the beginning was a powerful look into Michelle’s past. I also loved that she chose to both begin and end her collection of poetry with its namesake, ‘Broken Doll.’
Most of the poems have a date or year they were written at the bottom of the page, and I could see that her writing developed as time went on. My one critique would be that it needed a little more spell check as I noticed the wrong then/than, your/you’re used a few times. I also think ‘artery’ should have been used in place of ‘vein’ a couple of times, but maybe that’s just because I work in the medical field; other readers may not notice.
I don’t think it’s fair for me to judge any of her poems or give a star rating since they’re all subjective and personal. I could absolutely feel the pain and despair Michelle was trying to convey, and since that was the whole point, I would consider her work a success. I applaud her for being able to share her personal experiences with the world.
I bookmarked a few of my favorites as I was reading: ‘Enter Myself’, ‘Living Gallery’, ‘The Nest Is Empty’, ‘This Must Be Depression’, ‘In The Life Of…’, ‘Questions (Too Many)’, ‘Woman For Sale’, ‘Currency, The Power’ and ‘Her Name Was Not Important’.
I caution readers with triggers as there are many dark topics addressed.
Publication Date: January 17, 2018
Page Count: 77