Keri Marinda Smith’s debut poetry collection, Dragging Anchor, may seem at first to be a work of recollection, but it becomes clear early on that it is more than mere nostalgia. This is made clear by a line from the title prose poem where the speaker (a stand in for Smith herself but certainly an intentionally crafted persona) ruminates on “your first moment that you can remember that was completely yours and yours alone.” Throughout the collection, readers encounter poems that are away from where Smith’s persona grew up while still firmly entrenched there. These poems, written in a casual if not wistful tone, explore not so much homesickness as the memory of one’s past, the roots set in a place you don’t want or need to return to but can’t escape.
This honest exploration of young adulthood is compelling, examining long distance relationships (both intimate and platonic) while reveling in memories of touring with her punk band and endearingly banal haunts. Smith’s verse is intimate, her lines give a conversational illusion, yet it is clear these poems are delicately crafted to resonate long after the initial encounter, very much like their subjects. Dragging Anchor is a superb first collection.
|Author||Keri Marinda Smith|
|Page Count||72 pages|
|Publisher||Hanging Loose Press|
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|Category||Poetry & Short Stories|