I’ve seen the cover of Soft in the Middle around the internet for a while now and it’s been on my ‘to read’ list the whole time because it’s just so beautiful. Now that I’ve read it I can confirm that the inside is just as beautiful as the outside.
A lot of this book hit me hard. I have so many pages bookmarked so I can read them again and again:
you think too much love could break a thing like you
but one day the right love will walk through your doors
turn a different light on each day
blow dust off of one thing at a time
and will know that your heart requires one who treads carefully
Seriously, this book is so powerful. Many of the poems revolve around body image, heartbreak, love and loving women and each one packs such an emotional punch. I adore the current influx of modern poetry and the fact that Soft in the Middle references body image, asexuality, struggling to let go and societal pressure means I want more and more from Shelby Eileen.
If you’re not a fan of modern poetry then this book may not be for you, but if you’re open to reading more poetry then I really recommend Soft in the Middle. It’s short, but powerful and- to me- immensely relatable.