Pillow Thoughts is a collection of poetry and prose about heartbreak, love and raw emotions.
It is divided into sections to read when you feel you need them most.
Make a cup of tea and let yourself feel.
Rating: 4 Stars
This seems to have been the year for poetry books coming back into my life and Pillow Thoughts was certainly a good choice to be among the first. There are separate “chapters” for different emotions or situations, ranging from “If You Are Dreaming of Someone” to “These Are For You”.
The style of poetry within Pillow Thoughts ranges a bit. Some of the poems are titled and have form while others feel much more free verse. Sometimes the transition between styles was a bit odd for me, particularly the non-titled parts because I couldn’t tell for sure whether some of them were meant to be part of the previous work or were individual pieces themselves.
Some of these sections were difficult for me to read; not because the content was bad, but because the emotions they elicited were so raw that I felt myself needing a moment. Rarely do I have such a visceral reaction to books and finding it in a book of poetry was meaningful because I didn’t think it was a genre that had anything for me anymore.
Each section is written so that you are able to read them on their own, perfect for the day when you need to feel a kinship with someone who’s also suffering heartbreak, or maybe when you’re feeling high on love and want to revel in it. The most poignant section for me was the one entitled “Reasons to Stay”. This is filled with words that I wish I’d had in some of my darker times because, reading them now, I don’t know how much they would have helped, but they feel like the right words. They’re words that don’t profess to have all the answers, but they want to act as a helping hand. They’re there for you when you need them, if you feel like there’s nothing else to hold onto, there are these guided words that might convince you to stay. Maybe they won’t work for everyone, but for every day they convince you to push through, that’s one more day you might find the reason.
As an overall collection Pillow Thoughts is filled with more emotions that I think I could handle in one sitting, so while it is a poetry book and thus you might think an easy read, I’d say let the book speak to you. Pick a section and process it one at a time because you need it or because you want to understand something. Courtney Peppernell really got to the core of these feelings/states of being and illustrated it well with jellyfish illustrations between each “chapter”: nearly intangible things that still have the power to sting, just like emotions.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Courtney Peppernell is a best-selling LGBTQ author from Sydney, Australia. Courtney has been writing her whole life and focuses on Young Adult novels and Poetry Collections. Keeping Long Island is her third title release, and the first under her new book brand, Pepper Books.
I received this book as part of the Blog Tour in exchange for a review.