Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

The poems within They don’t make memories like that anymore were a welcome surprise. They were as soft as a worn flannel sheet at a beach house and 100% as familiar. The poems spoke of relationships and offered an insight and a clear voice to describe complicated emotions.

The title poem (“They don’t make memories like that anymore…”) is about a lover who wants love but is wary about giving to much of herself to the other person. Instead, we see the character in the poem watching the other person to gauge his (or her) response. As I read the poems I kept feeling as if I needed to read them again – just to solidify my interpretation (although everyone will feel, see recognize and experience these poems differently).

In another poem (“Home”) the author makes a literal reference to finding someone’s bones in her backyard. The careful reader will interpret this poem to be one of a metaphorical expression of grief, loss, longing and hope. The images in all of the poems are like a type of literary stream of consciousness writing – but they are quite good. After reading each poem, it will be easy to sit back and reflect on what was said. The images are so open and honest it will take the reader by surprise.

One of my favorite poems is called “Thank You”. The poem accurately describes the full cycle of a romantic relationship in indirect thoughts pinned directly to the bare emotion a person would feel being in this type of situation. There are a few other poems with the theme of fire, cigarettes, smoke, bars and relationships. These are more standard fare, but still quite good.

Rating: 5/5

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Casa de Snapdragon. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.