This Is Not a Spectacle

This Is Not a Spectacle

The extended version of This Is Not a Spectacle explores human curiosity towards strangers and investigates where curiosity becomes fascination with another?s grief or misfortune from afar. The poems range from my experiences of a car accident, my own fascination of others and strangers? impressions of me. It is an expression of anger from those who least want to be stared The extended version of This Is Not a Spectacle explores human curiosity towards strangers and investigates w...

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Title:This Is Not a Spectacle
Author:Isabelle Charlotte Kenyon
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:B0777JWXYF
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:70 pages pages

This Is Not a Spectacle Reviews

  • Nicole Field
    Apr 11, 2018

    Touch, feel, smell, and experience Isabelle Kenyon?s poetry. Within this collection, Kenyon is observant and confessional. While analyzing other people?s weaknesses and the way they give into societal norms, she also explores her own insecurities, which makes the reader like her. A...

    All of society is laid bare in the poems of This is not a Spectacle. I really enjoyed reading this anthology. I wouldn?t say that the imagery and syntax are polished and refined, but that is the appeal of these poems. Isabelle Kenyon writes with a raw honesty that conveys true emo...

    This morning we are travelling into a poetry collection by Isabelle Kenyon, which is a social commentary on a number of people, and subjects - growing old, poverty, the Internet etc. What I loved were the sentences in the poems, which sometimes almost have the form of prose. Take thi...

    In ?This Is Not a Spectacle? the poet embarks on a quiet journey, walking amongst human lives, noticing, observing. The lyrical persona is curious and is present; witnessing details about people that mankind is unaware of or just never takes the pain to notice. "When you want to k...

    I love how Isabelle spoke of many varied topics and made them all fit together despite all their various differences in This Is Not A Spectacle. I found this line from her book really struck at me: "your life is not a circus act". Though, this poem was about the homeless - it really to...

    I discovered Isabelle Kenyon's poetry on Twitter, and I'm glad that I did. In her chapbook, 'This is not a Spectacle', Miss Kenyon takes the reader on a poetic journey into the social ills that plague the private and public spaces in modern society. From the street children in ...

    This is a review for the original, non-extended version of this collection (which doesn't seem to have its own page for reviews). I've got a shelf for poetry I read, and I can say that this collection was completely unlike any of the other collections on that shelf. The blurb itsel...

  • Linda Bullock
    Dec 04, 2017

    Touch, feel, smell, and experience Isabelle Kenyon?s poetry. Within this collection, Kenyon is observant and confessional. While analyzing other people?s weaknesses and the way they give into societal norms, she also explores her own insecurities, which makes the reader like her. A...

    All of society is laid bare in the poems of This is not a Spectacle. I really enjoyed reading this anthology. I wouldn?t say that the imagery and syntax are polished and refined, but that is the appeal of these poems. Isabelle Kenyon writes with a raw honesty that conveys true emo...

    This morning we are travelling into a poetry collection by Isabelle Kenyon, which is a social commentary on a number of people, and subjects - growing old, poverty, the Internet etc. What I loved were the sentences in the poems, which sometimes almost have the form of prose. Take thi...

    In ?This Is Not a Spectacle? the poet embarks on a quiet journey, walking amongst human lives, noticing, observing. The lyrical persona is curious and is present; witnessing details about people that mankind is unaware of or just never takes the pain to notice. "When you want to k...

    I love how Isabelle spoke of many varied topics and made them all fit together despite all their various differences in This Is Not A Spectacle. I found this line from her book really struck at me: "your life is not a circus act". Though, this poem was about the homeless - it really to...

    I discovered Isabelle Kenyon's poetry on Twitter, and I'm glad that I did. In her chapbook, 'This is not a Spectacle', Miss Kenyon takes the reader on a poetic journey into the social ills that plague the private and public spaces in modern society. From the street children in ...

    This is a review for the original, non-extended version of this collection (which doesn't seem to have its own page for reviews). I've got a shelf for poetry I read, and I can say that this collection was completely unlike any of the other collections on that shelf. The blurb itsel...

    The imagery in this collection was really strong and unique. Overall, the style was clear and easy to read, with great use of language. I liked the overall concept of exploring society's voyeuristic nature and the way that we ogle at people's misfortune; it's something I think we shoul...

    daily thoughts for poems i enjoyed this collection for various reasons, however, i feel that there was ?something? missing. and, i?m not sure why it felt slightly off, but it has daily thoughts and life moments spun into every page- so it was refreshing to turn the mundane and...

    This collection of poems captivated me from the first section's lines: "when you want to know a stranger..." Kenyon introduces us to a range of people (from young teenagers to the homeless) throughout the collections' six sections. She offers her thoughts as a passenger, a pedestria...

    In ?This is not a Spectacle? Isabelle Kenyon offers the reader a vivid and elaborate dramatization of human suffering and pain, doubts and fears. I had the privilege to read the extended version of the chapbook where the author explores the human condition with curiosity and ca...

    I love poetry in that it draws you into its words almost immediately. It uses emotions to spin an entire world for you and either lifts you up with encouragement or transport you to new places, new sounds, sights and smells. The visual in this chapbook was stunning. I saw it, "the corp...

    As if you could flip a switch and simply step into someone else's world view, Kenyon takes us on a trip exploring duality, parallels and the pull and tug experiences between two worlds when you finally see both versions. I feel as if I'm in a stream of consciousness when I read the wor...

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review This was a really interesting read! As I always say after reading a collection of poems, it's never easy to write a review about it, and that's still the case here. What I liked the most about This Is Not a Spectacle is ...

    This is an incredible collection that builds powerfully in each of its pieces, as it tackles a variety of contemporary issues, including how women are portrayed by their looks, how Social Media puts unnecessary pressure on our lives to make us conform/paint false pictures to impress ot...

    I was sent a copy of this book by the author, and I?m so glad I was able to read this beautiful book. Isabelle?s style of writing is fluid and beautifully structured: I love the way that intertwined with the raw, honest and sometimes dark imagery conveyed in the poetry, there is a ...

    I liked this book. I read the chapbook and found a lot of the poems to be simple yet thoughtful. I love the title and how it is used in one of the poems. Identity: Granny Olga was one of my favourite poems. It was definitely worth reading. My full review can be read on: https://ste...

    Ten out of ten! An absolute wonderful book! I'm so glad to have read it. Section three in particular would have to be my favourite. It was like reading a piece of my own soul reflected in yours. I very much enjoyed it and am glad I read this book. I would recommend it to anyone who'...

  • Nicholas Trandahl
    Apr 14, 2018

    Touch, feel, smell, and experience Isabelle Kenyon?s poetry. Within this collection, Kenyon is observant and confessional. While analyzing other people?s weaknesses and the way they give into societal norms, she also explores her own insecurities, which makes the reader like her. A...

    All of society is laid bare in the poems of This is not a Spectacle. I really enjoyed reading this anthology. I wouldn?t say that the imagery and syntax are polished and refined, but that is the appeal of these poems. Isabelle Kenyon writes with a raw honesty that conveys true emo...

    This morning we are travelling into a poetry collection by Isabelle Kenyon, which is a social commentary on a number of people, and subjects - growing old, poverty, the Internet etc. What I loved were the sentences in the poems, which sometimes almost have the form of prose. Take thi...

    In ?This Is Not a Spectacle? the poet embarks on a quiet journey, walking amongst human lives, noticing, observing. The lyrical persona is curious and is present; witnessing details about people that mankind is unaware of or just never takes the pain to notice. "When you want to k...

    I love how Isabelle spoke of many varied topics and made them all fit together despite all their various differences in This Is Not A Spectacle. I found this line from her book really struck at me: "your life is not a circus act". Though, this poem was about the homeless - it really to...

    I discovered Isabelle Kenyon's poetry on Twitter, and I'm glad that I did. In her chapbook, 'This is not a Spectacle', Miss Kenyon takes the reader on a poetic journey into the social ills that plague the private and public spaces in modern society. From the street children in ...

    This is a review for the original, non-extended version of this collection (which doesn't seem to have its own page for reviews). I've got a shelf for poetry I read, and I can say that this collection was completely unlike any of the other collections on that shelf. The blurb itsel...

    The imagery in this collection was really strong and unique. Overall, the style was clear and easy to read, with great use of language. I liked the overall concept of exploring society's voyeuristic nature and the way that we ogle at people's misfortune; it's something I think we shoul...

    daily thoughts for poems i enjoyed this collection for various reasons, however, i feel that there was ?something? missing. and, i?m not sure why it felt slightly off, but it has daily thoughts and life moments spun into every page- so it was refreshing to turn the mundane and...

    This collection of poems captivated me from the first section's lines: "when you want to know a stranger..." Kenyon introduces us to a range of people (from young teenagers to the homeless) throughout the collections' six sections. She offers her thoughts as a passenger, a pedestria...

    In ?This is not a Spectacle? Isabelle Kenyon offers the reader a vivid and elaborate dramatization of human suffering and pain, doubts and fears. I had the privilege to read the extended version of the chapbook where the author explores the human condition with curiosity and ca...

    I love poetry in that it draws you into its words almost immediately. It uses emotions to spin an entire world for you and either lifts you up with encouragement or transport you to new places, new sounds, sights and smells. The visual in this chapbook was stunning. I saw it, "the corp...

    As if you could flip a switch and simply step into someone else's world view, Kenyon takes us on a trip exploring duality, parallels and the pull and tug experiences between two worlds when you finally see both versions. I feel as if I'm in a stream of consciousness when I read the wor...

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review This was a really interesting read! As I always say after reading a collection of poems, it's never easy to write a review about it, and that's still the case here. What I liked the most about This Is Not a Spectacle is ...

    This is an incredible collection that builds powerfully in each of its pieces, as it tackles a variety of contemporary issues, including how women are portrayed by their looks, how Social Media puts unnecessary pressure on our lives to make us conform/paint false pictures to impress ot...

    I was sent a copy of this book by the author, and I?m so glad I was able to read this beautiful book. Isabelle?s style of writing is fluid and beautifully structured: I love the way that intertwined with the raw, honest and sometimes dark imagery conveyed in the poetry, there is a ...

    I liked this book. I read the chapbook and found a lot of the poems to be simple yet thoughtful. I love the title and how it is used in one of the poems. Identity: Granny Olga was one of my favourite poems. It was definitely worth reading. My full review can be read on: https://ste...

    Ten out of ten! An absolute wonderful book! I'm so glad to have read it. Section three in particular would have to be my favourite. It was like reading a piece of my own soul reflected in yours. I very much enjoyed it and am glad I read this book. I would recommend it to anyone who'...

    In ?This is not a Spectacle?, poet Isabelle Kenyon has written a declaration from those that don?t appreciate being placed in the spotlight. She cries out against social and societal injustice with her hard honest lines. I?ve read Kenyon?s other work as well, and I tell you ...

  • Ashley Granillo
    Dec 10, 2017

    Touch, feel, smell, and experience Isabelle Kenyon?s poetry. Within this collection, Kenyon is observant and confessional. While analyzing other people?s weaknesses and the way they give into societal norms, she also explores her own insecurities, which makes the reader like her. A...

    All of society is laid bare in the poems of This is not a Spectacle. I really enjoyed reading this anthology. I wouldn?t say that the imagery and syntax are polished and refined, but that is the appeal of these poems. Isabelle Kenyon writes with a raw honesty that conveys true emo...

    This morning we are travelling into a poetry collection by Isabelle Kenyon, which is a social commentary on a number of people, and subjects - growing old, poverty, the Internet etc. What I loved were the sentences in the poems, which sometimes almost have the form of prose. Take thi...

    In ?This Is Not a Spectacle? the poet embarks on a quiet journey, walking amongst human lives, noticing, observing. The lyrical persona is curious and is present; witnessing details about people that mankind is unaware of or just never takes the pain to notice. "When you want to k...

    I love how Isabelle spoke of many varied topics and made them all fit together despite all their various differences in This Is Not A Spectacle. I found this line from her book really struck at me: "your life is not a circus act". Though, this poem was about the homeless - it really to...

    I discovered Isabelle Kenyon's poetry on Twitter, and I'm glad that I did. In her chapbook, 'This is not a Spectacle', Miss Kenyon takes the reader on a poetic journey into the social ills that plague the private and public spaces in modern society. From the street children in ...

    This is a review for the original, non-extended version of this collection (which doesn't seem to have its own page for reviews). I've got a shelf for poetry I read, and I can say that this collection was completely unlike any of the other collections on that shelf. The blurb itsel...

    The imagery in this collection was really strong and unique. Overall, the style was clear and easy to read, with great use of language. I liked the overall concept of exploring society's voyeuristic nature and the way that we ogle at people's misfortune; it's something I think we shoul...

    daily thoughts for poems i enjoyed this collection for various reasons, however, i feel that there was ?something? missing. and, i?m not sure why it felt slightly off, but it has daily thoughts and life moments spun into every page- so it was refreshing to turn the mundane and...

    This collection of poems captivated me from the first section's lines: "when you want to know a stranger..." Kenyon introduces us to a range of people (from young teenagers to the homeless) throughout the collections' six sections. She offers her thoughts as a passenger, a pedestria...

  • Jim Bennett
    May 27, 2018

    Touch, feel, smell, and experience Isabelle Kenyon?s poetry. Within this collection, Kenyon is observant and confessional. While analyzing other people?s weaknesses and the way they give into societal norms, she also explores her own insecurities, which makes the reader like her. A...

    All of society is laid bare in the poems of This is not a Spectacle. I really enjoyed reading this anthology. I wouldn?t say that the imagery and syntax are polished and refined, but that is the appeal of these poems. Isabelle Kenyon writes with a raw honesty that conveys true emo...

    This morning we are travelling into a poetry collection by Isabelle Kenyon, which is a social commentary on a number of people, and subjects - growing old, poverty, the Internet etc. What I loved were the sentences in the poems, which sometimes almost have the form of prose. Take thi...

    In ?This Is Not a Spectacle? the poet embarks on a quiet journey, walking amongst human lives, noticing, observing. The lyrical persona is curious and is present; witnessing details about people that mankind is unaware of or just never takes the pain to notice. "When you want to k...

    I love how Isabelle spoke of many varied topics and made them all fit together despite all their various differences in This Is Not A Spectacle. I found this line from her book really struck at me: "your life is not a circus act". Though, this poem was about the homeless - it really to...

    I discovered Isabelle Kenyon's poetry on Twitter, and I'm glad that I did. In her chapbook, 'This is not a Spectacle', Miss Kenyon takes the reader on a poetic journey into the social ills that plague the private and public spaces in modern society. From the street children in ...

    This is a review for the original, non-extended version of this collection (which doesn't seem to have its own page for reviews). I've got a shelf for poetry I read, and I can say that this collection was completely unlike any of the other collections on that shelf. The blurb itsel...

    The imagery in this collection was really strong and unique. Overall, the style was clear and easy to read, with great use of language. I liked the overall concept of exploring society's voyeuristic nature and the way that we ogle at people's misfortune; it's something I think we shoul...

    daily thoughts for poems i enjoyed this collection for various reasons, however, i feel that there was ?something? missing. and, i?m not sure why it felt slightly off, but it has daily thoughts and life moments spun into every page- so it was refreshing to turn the mundane and...

    This collection of poems captivated me from the first section's lines: "when you want to know a stranger..." Kenyon introduces us to a range of people (from young teenagers to the homeless) throughout the collections' six sections. She offers her thoughts as a passenger, a pedestria...

    In ?This is not a Spectacle? Isabelle Kenyon offers the reader a vivid and elaborate dramatization of human suffering and pain, doubts and fears. I had the privilege to read the extended version of the chapbook where the author explores the human condition with curiosity and ca...

    I love poetry in that it draws you into its words almost immediately. It uses emotions to spin an entire world for you and either lifts you up with encouragement or transport you to new places, new sounds, sights and smells. The visual in this chapbook was stunning. I saw it, "the corp...

    As if you could flip a switch and simply step into someone else's world view, Kenyon takes us on a trip exploring duality, parallels and the pull and tug experiences between two worlds when you finally see both versions. I feel as if I'm in a stream of consciousness when I read the wor...

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review This was a really interesting read! As I always say after reading a collection of poems, it's never easy to write a review about it, and that's still the case here. What I liked the most about This Is Not a Spectacle is ...

    This is an incredible collection that builds powerfully in each of its pieces, as it tackles a variety of contemporary issues, including how women are portrayed by their looks, how Social Media puts unnecessary pressure on our lives to make us conform/paint false pictures to impress ot...

    I was sent a copy of this book by the author, and I?m so glad I was able to read this beautiful book. Isabelle?s style of writing is fluid and beautifully structured: I love the way that intertwined with the raw, honest and sometimes dark imagery conveyed in the poetry, there is a ...

    I liked this book. I read the chapbook and found a lot of the poems to be simple yet thoughtful. I love the title and how it is used in one of the poems. Identity: Granny Olga was one of my favourite poems. It was definitely worth reading. My full review can be read on: https://ste...

    Ten out of ten! An absolute wonderful book! I'm so glad to have read it. Section three in particular would have to be my favourite. It was like reading a piece of my own soul reflected in yours. I very much enjoyed it and am glad I read this book. I would recommend it to anyone who'...

    In ?This is not a Spectacle?, poet Isabelle Kenyon has written a declaration from those that don?t appreciate being placed in the spotlight. She cries out against social and societal injustice with her hard honest lines. I?ve read Kenyon?s other work as well, and I tell you ...

    I received an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. This was a beautiful collection of poetry from the observer's POV. It was emotional in parts, it was thought provoking and an enjoyable collection. I look forward to reading more by this author. Highly recommended! ...

    This is one hell of a book. I started one moment and the very next I was at the end. I couldn't stop and I'm glad I didn't. Beautifully written, filled with passion, and truly captivating. ...

    So excited this is now officially launched! ...

    I have never been a big fan of poetry. But when Isabelle Kenyon approached me to review her poetry collection I decided to give it a try, and it was very good. The poems are powerful and moving. They are divided into sections such as Homeless, The Care Home, and Hospital Rooms. They...

    Overall, I thought that these were well written and relatable, but as someone who doesn't read a lot of poetry, I'm not the best to judge. I liked a few poems more than the others- Cain and Letter to My Younger Self- but most of them I felt didn't leave the lasting impact on me that I ...

    As always, do not let my star count override your judgement of content. More on the stars, counting, and my rating challenges later. In the first poem, Lonely Hearts, Kenyon will ambush you. In the next, Mumbai, you will feel a sense of otherness, ending in irony. Then in sweat shop y...

  • Fida Islaih
    Jan 24, 2018

    Touch, feel, smell, and experience Isabelle Kenyon?s poetry. Within this collection, Kenyon is observant and confessional. While analyzing other people?s weaknesses and the way they give into societal norms, she also explores her own insecurities, which makes the reader like her. A...

    All of society is laid bare in the poems of This is not a Spectacle. I really enjoyed reading this anthology. I wouldn?t say that the imagery and syntax are polished and refined, but that is the appeal of these poems. Isabelle Kenyon writes with a raw honesty that conveys true emo...

    This morning we are travelling into a poetry collection by Isabelle Kenyon, which is a social commentary on a number of people, and subjects - growing old, poverty, the Internet etc. What I loved were the sentences in the poems, which sometimes almost have the form of prose. Take thi...

    In ?This Is Not a Spectacle? the poet embarks on a quiet journey, walking amongst human lives, noticing, observing. The lyrical persona is curious and is present; witnessing details about people that mankind is unaware of or just never takes the pain to notice. "When you want to k...

    I love how Isabelle spoke of many varied topics and made them all fit together despite all their various differences in This Is Not A Spectacle. I found this line from her book really struck at me: "your life is not a circus act". Though, this poem was about the homeless - it really to...

    I discovered Isabelle Kenyon's poetry on Twitter, and I'm glad that I did. In her chapbook, 'This is not a Spectacle', Miss Kenyon takes the reader on a poetic journey into the social ills that plague the private and public spaces in modern society. From the street children in ...

    This is a review for the original, non-extended version of this collection (which doesn't seem to have its own page for reviews). I've got a shelf for poetry I read, and I can say that this collection was completely unlike any of the other collections on that shelf. The blurb itsel...

    The imagery in this collection was really strong and unique. Overall, the style was clear and easy to read, with great use of language. I liked the overall concept of exploring society's voyeuristic nature and the way that we ogle at people's misfortune; it's something I think we shoul...

    daily thoughts for poems i enjoyed this collection for various reasons, however, i feel that there was ?something? missing. and, i?m not sure why it felt slightly off, but it has daily thoughts and life moments spun into every page- so it was refreshing to turn the mundane and...

    This collection of poems captivated me from the first section's lines: "when you want to know a stranger..." Kenyon introduces us to a range of people (from young teenagers to the homeless) throughout the collections' six sections. She offers her thoughts as a passenger, a pedestria...

    In ?This is not a Spectacle? Isabelle Kenyon offers the reader a vivid and elaborate dramatization of human suffering and pain, doubts and fears. I had the privilege to read the extended version of the chapbook where the author explores the human condition with curiosity and ca...

    I love poetry in that it draws you into its words almost immediately. It uses emotions to spin an entire world for you and either lifts you up with encouragement or transport you to new places, new sounds, sights and smells. The visual in this chapbook was stunning. I saw it, "the corp...

    As if you could flip a switch and simply step into someone else's world view, Kenyon takes us on a trip exploring duality, parallels and the pull and tug experiences between two worlds when you finally see both versions. I feel as if I'm in a stream of consciousness when I read the wor...

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review This was a really interesting read! As I always say after reading a collection of poems, it's never easy to write a review about it, and that's still the case here. What I liked the most about This Is Not a Spectacle is ...

    This is an incredible collection that builds powerfully in each of its pieces, as it tackles a variety of contemporary issues, including how women are portrayed by their looks, how Social Media puts unnecessary pressure on our lives to make us conform/paint false pictures to impress ot...

    I was sent a copy of this book by the author, and I?m so glad I was able to read this beautiful book. Isabelle?s style of writing is fluid and beautifully structured: I love the way that intertwined with the raw, honest and sometimes dark imagery conveyed in the poetry, there is a ...

    I liked this book. I read the chapbook and found a lot of the poems to be simple yet thoughtful. I love the title and how it is used in one of the poems. Identity: Granny Olga was one of my favourite poems. It was definitely worth reading. My full review can be read on: https://ste...

    Ten out of ten! An absolute wonderful book! I'm so glad to have read it. Section three in particular would have to be my favourite. It was like reading a piece of my own soul reflected in yours. I very much enjoyed it and am glad I read this book. I would recommend it to anyone who'...

    In ?This is not a Spectacle?, poet Isabelle Kenyon has written a declaration from those that don?t appreciate being placed in the spotlight. She cries out against social and societal injustice with her hard honest lines. I?ve read Kenyon?s other work as well, and I tell you ...

    I received an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. This was a beautiful collection of poetry from the observer's POV. It was emotional in parts, it was thought provoking and an enjoyable collection. I look forward to reading more by this author. Highly recommended! ...

    This is one hell of a book. I started one moment and the very next I was at the end. I couldn't stop and I'm glad I didn't. Beautifully written, filled with passion, and truly captivating. ...

    So excited this is now officially launched! ...

    I have never been a big fan of poetry. But when Isabelle Kenyon approached me to review her poetry collection I decided to give it a try, and it was very good. The poems are powerful and moving. They are divided into sections such as Homeless, The Care Home, and Hospital Rooms. They...

    Overall, I thought that these were well written and relatable, but as someone who doesn't read a lot of poetry, I'm not the best to judge. I liked a few poems more than the others- Cain and Letter to My Younger Self- but most of them I felt didn't leave the lasting impact on me that I ...

    As always, do not let my star count override your judgement of content. More on the stars, counting, and my rating challenges later. In the first poem, Lonely Hearts, Kenyon will ambush you. In the next, Mumbai, you will feel a sense of otherness, ending in irony. Then in sweat shop y...

    Read my full review on my book blog First of all, I must say that I've not read anything quite like Kenyon's collection before. My main criticism of the collection is that it counters its main concept, the collection becomes the spectacle. The blurb of the collection mentions that "...

    This chapbook was too short. Right when I started feeling it, it ended. I?m glad the author published an extended edition. I love the little moments of life captured in the book. There were a few I saw myself in. ...

  • Jill Jemmett
    Dec 29, 2017

    Touch, feel, smell, and experience Isabelle Kenyon?s poetry. Within this collection, Kenyon is observant and confessional. While analyzing other people?s weaknesses and the way they give into societal norms, she also explores her own insecurities, which makes the reader like her. A...

    All of society is laid bare in the poems of This is not a Spectacle. I really enjoyed reading this anthology. I wouldn?t say that the imagery and syntax are polished and refined, but that is the appeal of these poems. Isabelle Kenyon writes with a raw honesty that conveys true emo...

    This morning we are travelling into a poetry collection by Isabelle Kenyon, which is a social commentary on a number of people, and subjects - growing old, poverty, the Internet etc. What I loved were the sentences in the poems, which sometimes almost have the form of prose. Take thi...

    In ?This Is Not a Spectacle? the poet embarks on a quiet journey, walking amongst human lives, noticing, observing. The lyrical persona is curious and is present; witnessing details about people that mankind is unaware of or just never takes the pain to notice. "When you want to k...

    I love how Isabelle spoke of many varied topics and made them all fit together despite all their various differences in This Is Not A Spectacle. I found this line from her book really struck at me: "your life is not a circus act". Though, this poem was about the homeless - it really to...

    I discovered Isabelle Kenyon's poetry on Twitter, and I'm glad that I did. In her chapbook, 'This is not a Spectacle', Miss Kenyon takes the reader on a poetic journey into the social ills that plague the private and public spaces in modern society. From the street children in ...

    This is a review for the original, non-extended version of this collection (which doesn't seem to have its own page for reviews). I've got a shelf for poetry I read, and I can say that this collection was completely unlike any of the other collections on that shelf. The blurb itsel...

    The imagery in this collection was really strong and unique. Overall, the style was clear and easy to read, with great use of language. I liked the overall concept of exploring society's voyeuristic nature and the way that we ogle at people's misfortune; it's something I think we shoul...

    daily thoughts for poems i enjoyed this collection for various reasons, however, i feel that there was ?something? missing. and, i?m not sure why it felt slightly off, but it has daily thoughts and life moments spun into every page- so it was refreshing to turn the mundane and...

    This collection of poems captivated me from the first section's lines: "when you want to know a stranger..." Kenyon introduces us to a range of people (from young teenagers to the homeless) throughout the collections' six sections. She offers her thoughts as a passenger, a pedestria...

    In ?This is not a Spectacle? Isabelle Kenyon offers the reader a vivid and elaborate dramatization of human suffering and pain, doubts and fears. I had the privilege to read the extended version of the chapbook where the author explores the human condition with curiosity and ca...

    I love poetry in that it draws you into its words almost immediately. It uses emotions to spin an entire world for you and either lifts you up with encouragement or transport you to new places, new sounds, sights and smells. The visual in this chapbook was stunning. I saw it, "the corp...

    As if you could flip a switch and simply step into someone else's world view, Kenyon takes us on a trip exploring duality, parallels and the pull and tug experiences between two worlds when you finally see both versions. I feel as if I'm in a stream of consciousness when I read the wor...

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review This was a really interesting read! As I always say after reading a collection of poems, it's never easy to write a review about it, and that's still the case here. What I liked the most about This Is Not a Spectacle is ...

    This is an incredible collection that builds powerfully in each of its pieces, as it tackles a variety of contemporary issues, including how women are portrayed by their looks, how Social Media puts unnecessary pressure on our lives to make us conform/paint false pictures to impress ot...

    I was sent a copy of this book by the author, and I?m so glad I was able to read this beautiful book. Isabelle?s style of writing is fluid and beautifully structured: I love the way that intertwined with the raw, honest and sometimes dark imagery conveyed in the poetry, there is a ...

    I liked this book. I read the chapbook and found a lot of the poems to be simple yet thoughtful. I love the title and how it is used in one of the poems. Identity: Granny Olga was one of my favourite poems. It was definitely worth reading. My full review can be read on: https://ste...

    Ten out of ten! An absolute wonderful book! I'm so glad to have read it. Section three in particular would have to be my favourite. It was like reading a piece of my own soul reflected in yours. I very much enjoyed it and am glad I read this book. I would recommend it to anyone who'...

    In ?This is not a Spectacle?, poet Isabelle Kenyon has written a declaration from those that don?t appreciate being placed in the spotlight. She cries out against social and societal injustice with her hard honest lines. I?ve read Kenyon?s other work as well, and I tell you ...

    I received an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. This was a beautiful collection of poetry from the observer's POV. It was emotional in parts, it was thought provoking and an enjoyable collection. I look forward to reading more by this author. Highly recommended! ...

    This is one hell of a book. I started one moment and the very next I was at the end. I couldn't stop and I'm glad I didn't. Beautifully written, filled with passion, and truly captivating. ...

    So excited this is now officially launched! ...

    I have never been a big fan of poetry. But when Isabelle Kenyon approached me to review her poetry collection I decided to give it a try, and it was very good. The poems are powerful and moving. They are divided into sections such as Homeless, The Care Home, and Hospital Rooms. They...

  • Amanda Butler
    Sep 21, 2018

    Touch, feel, smell, and experience Isabelle Kenyon?s poetry. Within this collection, Kenyon is observant and confessional. While analyzing other people?s weaknesses and the way they give into societal norms, she also explores her own insecurities, which makes the reader like her. A...

    All of society is laid bare in the poems of This is not a Spectacle. I really enjoyed reading this anthology. I wouldn?t say that the imagery and syntax are polished and refined, but that is the appeal of these poems. Isabelle Kenyon writes with a raw honesty that conveys true emo...

    This morning we are travelling into a poetry collection by Isabelle Kenyon, which is a social commentary on a number of people, and subjects - growing old, poverty, the Internet etc. What I loved were the sentences in the poems, which sometimes almost have the form of prose. Take thi...

    In ?This Is Not a Spectacle? the poet embarks on a quiet journey, walking amongst human lives, noticing, observing. The lyrical persona is curious and is present; witnessing details about people that mankind is unaware of or just never takes the pain to notice. "When you want to k...

    I love how Isabelle spoke of many varied topics and made them all fit together despite all their various differences in This Is Not A Spectacle. I found this line from her book really struck at me: "your life is not a circus act". Though, this poem was about the homeless - it really to...

    I discovered Isabelle Kenyon's poetry on Twitter, and I'm glad that I did. In her chapbook, 'This is not a Spectacle', Miss Kenyon takes the reader on a poetic journey into the social ills that plague the private and public spaces in modern society. From the street children in ...

    This is a review for the original, non-extended version of this collection (which doesn't seem to have its own page for reviews). I've got a shelf for poetry I read, and I can say that this collection was completely unlike any of the other collections on that shelf. The blurb itsel...

    The imagery in this collection was really strong and unique. Overall, the style was clear and easy to read, with great use of language. I liked the overall concept of exploring society's voyeuristic nature and the way that we ogle at people's misfortune; it's something I think we shoul...

    daily thoughts for poems i enjoyed this collection for various reasons, however, i feel that there was ?something? missing. and, i?m not sure why it felt slightly off, but it has daily thoughts and life moments spun into every page- so it was refreshing to turn the mundane and...

    This collection of poems captivated me from the first section's lines: "when you want to know a stranger..." Kenyon introduces us to a range of people (from young teenagers to the homeless) throughout the collections' six sections. She offers her thoughts as a passenger, a pedestria...

    In ?This is not a Spectacle? Isabelle Kenyon offers the reader a vivid and elaborate dramatization of human suffering and pain, doubts and fears. I had the privilege to read the extended version of the chapbook where the author explores the human condition with curiosity and ca...

    I love poetry in that it draws you into its words almost immediately. It uses emotions to spin an entire world for you and either lifts you up with encouragement or transport you to new places, new sounds, sights and smells. The visual in this chapbook was stunning. I saw it, "the corp...

    As if you could flip a switch and simply step into someone else's world view, Kenyon takes us on a trip exploring duality, parallels and the pull and tug experiences between two worlds when you finally see both versions. I feel as if I'm in a stream of consciousness when I read the wor...

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review This was a really interesting read! As I always say after reading a collection of poems, it's never easy to write a review about it, and that's still the case here. What I liked the most about This Is Not a Spectacle is ...

    This is an incredible collection that builds powerfully in each of its pieces, as it tackles a variety of contemporary issues, including how women are portrayed by their looks, how Social Media puts unnecessary pressure on our lives to make us conform/paint false pictures to impress ot...

    I was sent a copy of this book by the author, and I?m so glad I was able to read this beautiful book. Isabelle?s style of writing is fluid and beautifully structured: I love the way that intertwined with the raw, honest and sometimes dark imagery conveyed in the poetry, there is a ...

    I liked this book. I read the chapbook and found a lot of the poems to be simple yet thoughtful. I love the title and how it is used in one of the poems. Identity: Granny Olga was one of my favourite poems. It was definitely worth reading. My full review can be read on: https://ste...

    Ten out of ten! An absolute wonderful book! I'm so glad to have read it. Section three in particular would have to be my favourite. It was like reading a piece of my own soul reflected in yours. I very much enjoyed it and am glad I read this book. I would recommend it to anyone who'...

    In ?This is not a Spectacle?, poet Isabelle Kenyon has written a declaration from those that don?t appreciate being placed in the spotlight. She cries out against social and societal injustice with her hard honest lines. I?ve read Kenyon?s other work as well, and I tell you ...

    I received an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. This was a beautiful collection of poetry from the observer's POV. It was emotional in parts, it was thought provoking and an enjoyable collection. I look forward to reading more by this author. Highly recommended! ...

    This is one hell of a book. I started one moment and the very next I was at the end. I couldn't stop and I'm glad I didn't. Beautifully written, filled with passion, and truly captivating. ...

    So excited this is now officially launched! ...

    I have never been a big fan of poetry. But when Isabelle Kenyon approached me to review her poetry collection I decided to give it a try, and it was very good. The poems are powerful and moving. They are divided into sections such as Homeless, The Care Home, and Hospital Rooms. They...

    Overall, I thought that these were well written and relatable, but as someone who doesn't read a lot of poetry, I'm not the best to judge. I liked a few poems more than the others- Cain and Letter to My Younger Self- but most of them I felt didn't leave the lasting impact on me that I ...

    As always, do not let my star count override your judgement of content. More on the stars, counting, and my rating challenges later. In the first poem, Lonely Hearts, Kenyon will ambush you. In the next, Mumbai, you will feel a sense of otherness, ending in irony. Then in sweat shop y...

    Read my full review on my book blog First of all, I must say that I've not read anything quite like Kenyon's collection before. My main criticism of the collection is that it counters its main concept, the collection becomes the spectacle. The blurb of the collection mentions that "...

    This chapbook was too short. Right when I started feeling it, it ended. I?m glad the author published an extended edition. I love the little moments of life captured in the book. There were a few I saw myself in. ...

    The poems came together as a nice collection of tragic characterization. Some of the poems could have used some technical editing, but every poem was a piece of art that transported me to a different country or scene. I was drawn into the world of each poem. ...

  • Linda Crate
    Apr 23, 2018

    Touch, feel, smell, and experience Isabelle Kenyon?s poetry. Within this collection, Kenyon is observant and confessional. While analyzing other people?s weaknesses and the way they give into societal norms, she also explores her own insecurities, which makes the reader like her. A...

    All of society is laid bare in the poems of This is not a Spectacle. I really enjoyed reading this anthology. I wouldn?t say that the imagery and syntax are polished and refined, but that is the appeal of these poems. Isabelle Kenyon writes with a raw honesty that conveys true emo...

    This morning we are travelling into a poetry collection by Isabelle Kenyon, which is a social commentary on a number of people, and subjects - growing old, poverty, the Internet etc. What I loved were the sentences in the poems, which sometimes almost have the form of prose. Take thi...

    In ?This Is Not a Spectacle? the poet embarks on a quiet journey, walking amongst human lives, noticing, observing. The lyrical persona is curious and is present; witnessing details about people that mankind is unaware of or just never takes the pain to notice. "When you want to k...

    I love how Isabelle spoke of many varied topics and made them all fit together despite all their various differences in This Is Not A Spectacle. I found this line from her book really struck at me: "your life is not a circus act". Though, this poem was about the homeless - it really to...

  • Katie
    Nov 07, 2017

    Touch, feel, smell, and experience Isabelle Kenyon?s poetry. Within this collection, Kenyon is observant and confessional. While analyzing other people?s weaknesses and the way they give into societal norms, she also explores her own insecurities, which makes the reader like her. A...

    All of society is laid bare in the poems of This is not a Spectacle. I really enjoyed reading this anthology. I wouldn?t say that the imagery and syntax are polished and refined, but that is the appeal of these poems. Isabelle Kenyon writes with a raw honesty that conveys true emo...

    This morning we are travelling into a poetry collection by Isabelle Kenyon, which is a social commentary on a number of people, and subjects - growing old, poverty, the Internet etc. What I loved were the sentences in the poems, which sometimes almost have the form of prose. Take thi...

  • Leila Tualla
    Oct 05, 2017

    Touch, feel, smell, and experience Isabelle Kenyon?s poetry. Within this collection, Kenyon is observant and confessional. While analyzing other people?s weaknesses and the way they give into societal norms, she also explores her own insecurities, which makes the reader like her. A...

    All of society is laid bare in the poems of This is not a Spectacle. I really enjoyed reading this anthology. I wouldn?t say that the imagery and syntax are polished and refined, but that is the appeal of these poems. Isabelle Kenyon writes with a raw honesty that conveys true emo...

    This morning we are travelling into a poetry collection by Isabelle Kenyon, which is a social commentary on a number of people, and subjects - growing old, poverty, the Internet etc. What I loved were the sentences in the poems, which sometimes almost have the form of prose. Take thi...

    In ?This Is Not a Spectacle? the poet embarks on a quiet journey, walking amongst human lives, noticing, observing. The lyrical persona is curious and is present; witnessing details about people that mankind is unaware of or just never takes the pain to notice. "When you want to k...

    I love how Isabelle spoke of many varied topics and made them all fit together despite all their various differences in This Is Not A Spectacle. I found this line from her book really struck at me: "your life is not a circus act". Though, this poem was about the homeless - it really to...

    I discovered Isabelle Kenyon's poetry on Twitter, and I'm glad that I did. In her chapbook, 'This is not a Spectacle', Miss Kenyon takes the reader on a poetic journey into the social ills that plague the private and public spaces in modern society. From the street children in ...

    This is a review for the original, non-extended version of this collection (which doesn't seem to have its own page for reviews). I've got a shelf for poetry I read, and I can say that this collection was completely unlike any of the other collections on that shelf. The blurb itsel...

    The imagery in this collection was really strong and unique. Overall, the style was clear and easy to read, with great use of language. I liked the overall concept of exploring society's voyeuristic nature and the way that we ogle at people's misfortune; it's something I think we shoul...

    daily thoughts for poems i enjoyed this collection for various reasons, however, i feel that there was ?something? missing. and, i?m not sure why it felt slightly off, but it has daily thoughts and life moments spun into every page- so it was refreshing to turn the mundane and...

    This collection of poems captivated me from the first section's lines: "when you want to know a stranger..." Kenyon introduces us to a range of people (from young teenagers to the homeless) throughout the collections' six sections. She offers her thoughts as a passenger, a pedestria...

    In ?This is not a Spectacle? Isabelle Kenyon offers the reader a vivid and elaborate dramatization of human suffering and pain, doubts and fears. I had the privilege to read the extended version of the chapbook where the author explores the human condition with curiosity and ca...

    I love poetry in that it draws you into its words almost immediately. It uses emotions to spin an entire world for you and either lifts you up with encouragement or transport you to new places, new sounds, sights and smells. The visual in this chapbook was stunning. I saw it, "the corp...

  • Andrea
    Dec 22, 2017

    Touch, feel, smell, and experience Isabelle Kenyon?s poetry. Within this collection, Kenyon is observant and confessional. While analyzing other people?s weaknesses and the way they give into societal norms, she also explores her own insecurities, which makes the reader like her. A...

    All of society is laid bare in the poems of This is not a Spectacle. I really enjoyed reading this anthology. I wouldn?t say that the imagery and syntax are polished and refined, but that is the appeal of these poems. Isabelle Kenyon writes with a raw honesty that conveys true emo...

    This morning we are travelling into a poetry collection by Isabelle Kenyon, which is a social commentary on a number of people, and subjects - growing old, poverty, the Internet etc. What I loved were the sentences in the poems, which sometimes almost have the form of prose. Take thi...

    In ?This Is Not a Spectacle? the poet embarks on a quiet journey, walking amongst human lives, noticing, observing. The lyrical persona is curious and is present; witnessing details about people that mankind is unaware of or just never takes the pain to notice. "When you want to k...

    I love how Isabelle spoke of many varied topics and made them all fit together despite all their various differences in This Is Not A Spectacle. I found this line from her book really struck at me: "your life is not a circus act". Though, this poem was about the homeless - it really to...

    I discovered Isabelle Kenyon's poetry on Twitter, and I'm glad that I did. In her chapbook, 'This is not a Spectacle', Miss Kenyon takes the reader on a poetic journey into the social ills that plague the private and public spaces in modern society. From the street children in ...

    This is a review for the original, non-extended version of this collection (which doesn't seem to have its own page for reviews). I've got a shelf for poetry I read, and I can say that this collection was completely unlike any of the other collections on that shelf. The blurb itsel...

    The imagery in this collection was really strong and unique. Overall, the style was clear and easy to read, with great use of language. I liked the overall concept of exploring society's voyeuristic nature and the way that we ogle at people's misfortune; it's something I think we shoul...

    daily thoughts for poems i enjoyed this collection for various reasons, however, i feel that there was ?something? missing. and, i?m not sure why it felt slightly off, but it has daily thoughts and life moments spun into every page- so it was refreshing to turn the mundane and...

    This collection of poems captivated me from the first section's lines: "when you want to know a stranger..." Kenyon introduces us to a range of people (from young teenagers to the homeless) throughout the collections' six sections. She offers her thoughts as a passenger, a pedestria...

    In ?This is not a Spectacle? Isabelle Kenyon offers the reader a vivid and elaborate dramatization of human suffering and pain, doubts and fears. I had the privilege to read the extended version of the chapbook where the author explores the human condition with curiosity and ca...

    I love poetry in that it draws you into its words almost immediately. It uses emotions to spin an entire world for you and either lifts you up with encouragement or transport you to new places, new sounds, sights and smells. The visual in this chapbook was stunning. I saw it, "the corp...

    As if you could flip a switch and simply step into someone else's world view, Kenyon takes us on a trip exploring duality, parallels and the pull and tug experiences between two worlds when you finally see both versions. I feel as if I'm in a stream of consciousness when I read the wor...

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review This was a really interesting read! As I always say after reading a collection of poems, it's never easy to write a review about it, and that's still the case here. What I liked the most about This Is Not a Spectacle is ...

    This is an incredible collection that builds powerfully in each of its pieces, as it tackles a variety of contemporary issues, including how women are portrayed by their looks, how Social Media puts unnecessary pressure on our lives to make us conform/paint false pictures to impress ot...

    I was sent a copy of this book by the author, and I?m so glad I was able to read this beautiful book. Isabelle?s style of writing is fluid and beautifully structured: I love the way that intertwined with the raw, honest and sometimes dark imagery conveyed in the poetry, there is a ...

    I liked this book. I read the chapbook and found a lot of the poems to be simple yet thoughtful. I love the title and how it is used in one of the poems. Identity: Granny Olga was one of my favourite poems. It was definitely worth reading. My full review can be read on: https://ste...

    Ten out of ten! An absolute wonderful book! I'm so glad to have read it. Section three in particular would have to be my favourite. It was like reading a piece of my own soul reflected in yours. I very much enjoyed it and am glad I read this book. I would recommend it to anyone who'...

    In ?This is not a Spectacle?, poet Isabelle Kenyon has written a declaration from those that don?t appreciate being placed in the spotlight. She cries out against social and societal injustice with her hard honest lines. I?ve read Kenyon?s other work as well, and I tell you ...

    I received an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. This was a beautiful collection of poetry from the observer's POV. It was emotional in parts, it was thought provoking and an enjoyable collection. I look forward to reading more by this author. Highly recommended! ...

  • Linda Hill
    Dec 28, 2017

    Touch, feel, smell, and experience Isabelle Kenyon?s poetry. Within this collection, Kenyon is observant and confessional. While analyzing other people?s weaknesses and the way they give into societal norms, she also explores her own insecurities, which makes the reader like her. A...

    All of society is laid bare in the poems of This is not a Spectacle. I really enjoyed reading this anthology. I wouldn?t say that the imagery and syntax are polished and refined, but that is the appeal of these poems. Isabelle Kenyon writes with a raw honesty that conveys true emo...

  • David Ellis
    Nov 05, 2017

    Touch, feel, smell, and experience Isabelle Kenyon?s poetry. Within this collection, Kenyon is observant and confessional. While analyzing other people?s weaknesses and the way they give into societal norms, she also explores her own insecurities, which makes the reader like her. A...

    All of society is laid bare in the poems of This is not a Spectacle. I really enjoyed reading this anthology. I wouldn?t say that the imagery and syntax are polished and refined, but that is the appeal of these poems. Isabelle Kenyon writes with a raw honesty that conveys true emo...

    This morning we are travelling into a poetry collection by Isabelle Kenyon, which is a social commentary on a number of people, and subjects - growing old, poverty, the Internet etc. What I loved were the sentences in the poems, which sometimes almost have the form of prose. Take thi...

    In ?This Is Not a Spectacle? the poet embarks on a quiet journey, walking amongst human lives, noticing, observing. The lyrical persona is curious and is present; witnessing details about people that mankind is unaware of or just never takes the pain to notice. "When you want to k...

    I love how Isabelle spoke of many varied topics and made them all fit together despite all their various differences in This Is Not A Spectacle. I found this line from her book really struck at me: "your life is not a circus act". Though, this poem was about the homeless - it really to...

    I discovered Isabelle Kenyon's poetry on Twitter, and I'm glad that I did. In her chapbook, 'This is not a Spectacle', Miss Kenyon takes the reader on a poetic journey into the social ills that plague the private and public spaces in modern society. From the street children in ...

    This is a review for the original, non-extended version of this collection (which doesn't seem to have its own page for reviews). I've got a shelf for poetry I read, and I can say that this collection was completely unlike any of the other collections on that shelf. The blurb itsel...

    The imagery in this collection was really strong and unique. Overall, the style was clear and easy to read, with great use of language. I liked the overall concept of exploring society's voyeuristic nature and the way that we ogle at people's misfortune; it's something I think we shoul...

    daily thoughts for poems i enjoyed this collection for various reasons, however, i feel that there was ?something? missing. and, i?m not sure why it felt slightly off, but it has daily thoughts and life moments spun into every page- so it was refreshing to turn the mundane and...

    This collection of poems captivated me from the first section's lines: "when you want to know a stranger..." Kenyon introduces us to a range of people (from young teenagers to the homeless) throughout the collections' six sections. She offers her thoughts as a passenger, a pedestria...

    In ?This is not a Spectacle? Isabelle Kenyon offers the reader a vivid and elaborate dramatization of human suffering and pain, doubts and fears. I had the privilege to read the extended version of the chapbook where the author explores the human condition with curiosity and ca...

    I love poetry in that it draws you into its words almost immediately. It uses emotions to spin an entire world for you and either lifts you up with encouragement or transport you to new places, new sounds, sights and smells. The visual in this chapbook was stunning. I saw it, "the corp...

    As if you could flip a switch and simply step into someone else's world view, Kenyon takes us on a trip exploring duality, parallels and the pull and tug experiences between two worlds when you finally see both versions. I feel as if I'm in a stream of consciousness when I read the wor...

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review This was a really interesting read! As I always say after reading a collection of poems, it's never easy to write a review about it, and that's still the case here. What I liked the most about This Is Not a Spectacle is ...

    This is an incredible collection that builds powerfully in each of its pieces, as it tackles a variety of contemporary issues, including how women are portrayed by their looks, how Social Media puts unnecessary pressure on our lives to make us conform/paint false pictures to impress ot...

  • A.L.D. Chalom
    Nov 28, 2017

    Touch, feel, smell, and experience Isabelle Kenyon?s poetry. Within this collection, Kenyon is observant and confessional. While analyzing other people?s weaknesses and the way they give into societal norms, she also explores her own insecurities, which makes the reader like her. A...

    All of society is laid bare in the poems of This is not a Spectacle. I really enjoyed reading this anthology. I wouldn?t say that the imagery and syntax are polished and refined, but that is the appeal of these poems. Isabelle Kenyon writes with a raw honesty that conveys true emo...

    This morning we are travelling into a poetry collection by Isabelle Kenyon, which is a social commentary on a number of people, and subjects - growing old, poverty, the Internet etc. What I loved were the sentences in the poems, which sometimes almost have the form of prose. Take thi...

    In ?This Is Not a Spectacle? the poet embarks on a quiet journey, walking amongst human lives, noticing, observing. The lyrical persona is curious and is present; witnessing details about people that mankind is unaware of or just never takes the pain to notice. "When you want to k...

    I love how Isabelle spoke of many varied topics and made them all fit together despite all their various differences in This Is Not A Spectacle. I found this line from her book really struck at me: "your life is not a circus act". Though, this poem was about the homeless - it really to...

    I discovered Isabelle Kenyon's poetry on Twitter, and I'm glad that I did. In her chapbook, 'This is not a Spectacle', Miss Kenyon takes the reader on a poetic journey into the social ills that plague the private and public spaces in modern society. From the street children in ...

    This is a review for the original, non-extended version of this collection (which doesn't seem to have its own page for reviews). I've got a shelf for poetry I read, and I can say that this collection was completely unlike any of the other collections on that shelf. The blurb itsel...

    The imagery in this collection was really strong and unique. Overall, the style was clear and easy to read, with great use of language. I liked the overall concept of exploring society's voyeuristic nature and the way that we ogle at people's misfortune; it's something I think we shoul...

    daily thoughts for poems i enjoyed this collection for various reasons, however, i feel that there was ?something? missing. and, i?m not sure why it felt slightly off, but it has daily thoughts and life moments spun into every page- so it was refreshing to turn the mundane and...

    This collection of poems captivated me from the first section's lines: "when you want to know a stranger..." Kenyon introduces us to a range of people (from young teenagers to the homeless) throughout the collections' six sections. She offers her thoughts as a passenger, a pedestria...

    In ?This is not a Spectacle? Isabelle Kenyon offers the reader a vivid and elaborate dramatization of human suffering and pain, doubts and fears. I had the privilege to read the extended version of the chapbook where the author explores the human condition with curiosity and ca...

    I love poetry in that it draws you into its words almost immediately. It uses emotions to spin an entire world for you and either lifts you up with encouragement or transport you to new places, new sounds, sights and smells. The visual in this chapbook was stunning. I saw it, "the corp...

    As if you could flip a switch and simply step into someone else's world view, Kenyon takes us on a trip exploring duality, parallels and the pull and tug experiences between two worlds when you finally see both versions. I feel as if I'm in a stream of consciousness when I read the wor...

  • Lucie
    Nov 23, 2017

    Touch, feel, smell, and experience Isabelle Kenyon?s poetry. Within this collection, Kenyon is observant and confessional. While analyzing other people?s weaknesses and the way they give into societal norms, she also explores her own insecurities, which makes the reader like her. A...

    All of society is laid bare in the poems of This is not a Spectacle. I really enjoyed reading this anthology. I wouldn?t say that the imagery and syntax are polished and refined, but that is the appeal of these poems. Isabelle Kenyon writes with a raw honesty that conveys true emo...

    This morning we are travelling into a poetry collection by Isabelle Kenyon, which is a social commentary on a number of people, and subjects - growing old, poverty, the Internet etc. What I loved were the sentences in the poems, which sometimes almost have the form of prose. Take thi...

    In ?This Is Not a Spectacle? the poet embarks on a quiet journey, walking amongst human lives, noticing, observing. The lyrical persona is curious and is present; witnessing details about people that mankind is unaware of or just never takes the pain to notice. "When you want to k...

    I love how Isabelle spoke of many varied topics and made them all fit together despite all their various differences in This Is Not A Spectacle. I found this line from her book really struck at me: "your life is not a circus act". Though, this poem was about the homeless - it really to...

    I discovered Isabelle Kenyon's poetry on Twitter, and I'm glad that I did. In her chapbook, 'This is not a Spectacle', Miss Kenyon takes the reader on a poetic journey into the social ills that plague the private and public spaces in modern society. From the street children in ...

    This is a review for the original, non-extended version of this collection (which doesn't seem to have its own page for reviews). I've got a shelf for poetry I read, and I can say that this collection was completely unlike any of the other collections on that shelf. The blurb itsel...

    The imagery in this collection was really strong and unique. Overall, the style was clear and easy to read, with great use of language. I liked the overall concept of exploring society's voyeuristic nature and the way that we ogle at people's misfortune; it's something I think we shoul...

    daily thoughts for poems i enjoyed this collection for various reasons, however, i feel that there was ?something? missing. and, i?m not sure why it felt slightly off, but it has daily thoughts and life moments spun into every page- so it was refreshing to turn the mundane and...

    This collection of poems captivated me from the first section's lines: "when you want to know a stranger..." Kenyon introduces us to a range of people (from young teenagers to the homeless) throughout the collections' six sections. She offers her thoughts as a passenger, a pedestria...

    In ?This is not a Spectacle? Isabelle Kenyon offers the reader a vivid and elaborate dramatization of human suffering and pain, doubts and fears. I had the privilege to read the extended version of the chapbook where the author explores the human condition with curiosity and ca...

    I love poetry in that it draws you into its words almost immediately. It uses emotions to spin an entire world for you and either lifts you up with encouragement or transport you to new places, new sounds, sights and smells. The visual in this chapbook was stunning. I saw it, "the corp...

    As if you could flip a switch and simply step into someone else's world view, Kenyon takes us on a trip exploring duality, parallels and the pull and tug experiences between two worlds when you finally see both versions. I feel as if I'm in a stream of consciousness when I read the wor...

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review This was a really interesting read! As I always say after reading a collection of poems, it's never easy to write a review about it, and that's still the case here. What I liked the most about This Is Not a Spectacle is ...

  • Helen
    Apr 12, 2018

    Touch, feel, smell, and experience Isabelle Kenyon?s poetry. Within this collection, Kenyon is observant and confessional. While analyzing other people?s weaknesses and the way they give into societal norms, she also explores her own insecurities, which makes the reader like her. A...

    All of society is laid bare in the poems of This is not a Spectacle. I really enjoyed reading this anthology. I wouldn?t say that the imagery and syntax are polished and refined, but that is the appeal of these poems. Isabelle Kenyon writes with a raw honesty that conveys true emo...

    This morning we are travelling into a poetry collection by Isabelle Kenyon, which is a social commentary on a number of people, and subjects - growing old, poverty, the Internet etc. What I loved were the sentences in the poems, which sometimes almost have the form of prose. Take thi...

    In ?This Is Not a Spectacle? the poet embarks on a quiet journey, walking amongst human lives, noticing, observing. The lyrical persona is curious and is present; witnessing details about people that mankind is unaware of or just never takes the pain to notice. "When you want to k...

    I love how Isabelle spoke of many varied topics and made them all fit together despite all their various differences in This Is Not A Spectacle. I found this line from her book really struck at me: "your life is not a circus act". Though, this poem was about the homeless - it really to...

    I discovered Isabelle Kenyon's poetry on Twitter, and I'm glad that I did. In her chapbook, 'This is not a Spectacle', Miss Kenyon takes the reader on a poetic journey into the social ills that plague the private and public spaces in modern society. From the street children in ...

    This is a review for the original, non-extended version of this collection (which doesn't seem to have its own page for reviews). I've got a shelf for poetry I read, and I can say that this collection was completely unlike any of the other collections on that shelf. The blurb itsel...

    The imagery in this collection was really strong and unique. Overall, the style was clear and easy to read, with great use of language. I liked the overall concept of exploring society's voyeuristic nature and the way that we ogle at people's misfortune; it's something I think we shoul...

  • Lord Huey
    Jan 20, 2018

    Touch, feel, smell, and experience Isabelle Kenyon?s poetry. Within this collection, Kenyon is observant and confessional. While analyzing other people?s weaknesses and the way they give into societal norms, she also explores her own insecurities, which makes the reader like her. A...

    All of society is laid bare in the poems of This is not a Spectacle. I really enjoyed reading this anthology. I wouldn?t say that the imagery and syntax are polished and refined, but that is the appeal of these poems. Isabelle Kenyon writes with a raw honesty that conveys true emo...

    This morning we are travelling into a poetry collection by Isabelle Kenyon, which is a social commentary on a number of people, and subjects - growing old, poverty, the Internet etc. What I loved were the sentences in the poems, which sometimes almost have the form of prose. Take thi...

    In ?This Is Not a Spectacle? the poet embarks on a quiet journey, walking amongst human lives, noticing, observing. The lyrical persona is curious and is present; witnessing details about people that mankind is unaware of or just never takes the pain to notice. "When you want to k...

    I love how Isabelle spoke of many varied topics and made them all fit together despite all their various differences in This Is Not A Spectacle. I found this line from her book really struck at me: "your life is not a circus act". Though, this poem was about the homeless - it really to...

    I discovered Isabelle Kenyon's poetry on Twitter, and I'm glad that I did. In her chapbook, 'This is not a Spectacle', Miss Kenyon takes the reader on a poetic journey into the social ills that plague the private and public spaces in modern society. From the street children in ...

    This is a review for the original, non-extended version of this collection (which doesn't seem to have its own page for reviews). I've got a shelf for poetry I read, and I can say that this collection was completely unlike any of the other collections on that shelf. The blurb itsel...

    The imagery in this collection was really strong and unique. Overall, the style was clear and easy to read, with great use of language. I liked the overall concept of exploring society's voyeuristic nature and the way that we ogle at people's misfortune; it's something I think we shoul...

    daily thoughts for poems i enjoyed this collection for various reasons, however, i feel that there was ?something? missing. and, i?m not sure why it felt slightly off, but it has daily thoughts and life moments spun into every page- so it was refreshing to turn the mundane and...

    This collection of poems captivated me from the first section's lines: "when you want to know a stranger..." Kenyon introduces us to a range of people (from young teenagers to the homeless) throughout the collections' six sections. She offers her thoughts as a passenger, a pedestria...

    In ?This is not a Spectacle? Isabelle Kenyon offers the reader a vivid and elaborate dramatization of human suffering and pain, doubts and fears. I had the privilege to read the extended version of the chapbook where the author explores the human condition with curiosity and ca...

    I love poetry in that it draws you into its words almost immediately. It uses emotions to spin an entire world for you and either lifts you up with encouragement or transport you to new places, new sounds, sights and smells. The visual in this chapbook was stunning. I saw it, "the corp...

    As if you could flip a switch and simply step into someone else's world view, Kenyon takes us on a trip exploring duality, parallels and the pull and tug experiences between two worlds when you finally see both versions. I feel as if I'm in a stream of consciousness when I read the wor...

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review This was a really interesting read! As I always say after reading a collection of poems, it's never easy to write a review about it, and that's still the case here. What I liked the most about This Is Not a Spectacle is ...

    This is an incredible collection that builds powerfully in each of its pieces, as it tackles a variety of contemporary issues, including how women are portrayed by their looks, how Social Media puts unnecessary pressure on our lives to make us conform/paint false pictures to impress ot...

    I was sent a copy of this book by the author, and I?m so glad I was able to read this beautiful book. Isabelle?s style of writing is fluid and beautifully structured: I love the way that intertwined with the raw, honest and sometimes dark imagery conveyed in the poetry, there is a ...

    I liked this book. I read the chapbook and found a lot of the poems to be simple yet thoughtful. I love the title and how it is used in one of the poems. Identity: Granny Olga was one of my favourite poems. It was definitely worth reading. My full review can be read on: https://ste...

    Ten out of ten! An absolute wonderful book! I'm so glad to have read it. Section three in particular would have to be my favourite. It was like reading a piece of my own soul reflected in yours. I very much enjoyed it and am glad I read this book. I would recommend it to anyone who'...

    In ?This is not a Spectacle?, poet Isabelle Kenyon has written a declaration from those that don?t appreciate being placed in the spotlight. She cries out against social and societal injustice with her hard honest lines. I?ve read Kenyon?s other work as well, and I tell you ...

    I received an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. This was a beautiful collection of poetry from the observer's POV. It was emotional in parts, it was thought provoking and an enjoyable collection. I look forward to reading more by this author. Highly recommended! ...

    This is one hell of a book. I started one moment and the very next I was at the end. I couldn't stop and I'm glad I didn't. Beautifully written, filled with passion, and truly captivating. ...

  • Jeremy Mifsud
    Feb 08, 2018

    Touch, feel, smell, and experience Isabelle Kenyon?s poetry. Within this collection, Kenyon is observant and confessional. While analyzing other people?s weaknesses and the way they give into societal norms, she also explores her own insecurities, which makes the reader like her. A...

    All of society is laid bare in the poems of This is not a Spectacle. I really enjoyed reading this anthology. I wouldn?t say that the imagery and syntax are polished and refined, but that is the appeal of these poems. Isabelle Kenyon writes with a raw honesty that conveys true emo...

    This morning we are travelling into a poetry collection by Isabelle Kenyon, which is a social commentary on a number of people, and subjects - growing old, poverty, the Internet etc. What I loved were the sentences in the poems, which sometimes almost have the form of prose. Take thi...

    In ?This Is Not a Spectacle? the poet embarks on a quiet journey, walking amongst human lives, noticing, observing. The lyrical persona is curious and is present; witnessing details about people that mankind is unaware of or just never takes the pain to notice. "When you want to k...

    I love how Isabelle spoke of many varied topics and made them all fit together despite all their various differences in This Is Not A Spectacle. I found this line from her book really struck at me: "your life is not a circus act". Though, this poem was about the homeless - it really to...

    I discovered Isabelle Kenyon's poetry on Twitter, and I'm glad that I did. In her chapbook, 'This is not a Spectacle', Miss Kenyon takes the reader on a poetic journey into the social ills that plague the private and public spaces in modern society. From the street children in ...

    This is a review for the original, non-extended version of this collection (which doesn't seem to have its own page for reviews). I've got a shelf for poetry I read, and I can say that this collection was completely unlike any of the other collections on that shelf. The blurb itsel...

    The imagery in this collection was really strong and unique. Overall, the style was clear and easy to read, with great use of language. I liked the overall concept of exploring society's voyeuristic nature and the way that we ogle at people's misfortune; it's something I think we shoul...

    daily thoughts for poems i enjoyed this collection for various reasons, however, i feel that there was ?something? missing. and, i?m not sure why it felt slightly off, but it has daily thoughts and life moments spun into every page- so it was refreshing to turn the mundane and...

    This collection of poems captivated me from the first section's lines: "when you want to know a stranger..." Kenyon introduces us to a range of people (from young teenagers to the homeless) throughout the collections' six sections. She offers her thoughts as a passenger, a pedestria...

    In ?This is not a Spectacle? Isabelle Kenyon offers the reader a vivid and elaborate dramatization of human suffering and pain, doubts and fears. I had the privilege to read the extended version of the chapbook where the author explores the human condition with curiosity and ca...

    I love poetry in that it draws you into its words almost immediately. It uses emotions to spin an entire world for you and either lifts you up with encouragement or transport you to new places, new sounds, sights and smells. The visual in this chapbook was stunning. I saw it, "the corp...

    As if you could flip a switch and simply step into someone else's world view, Kenyon takes us on a trip exploring duality, parallels and the pull and tug experiences between two worlds when you finally see both versions. I feel as if I'm in a stream of consciousness when I read the wor...

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review This was a really interesting read! As I always say after reading a collection of poems, it's never easy to write a review about it, and that's still the case here. What I liked the most about This Is Not a Spectacle is ...

    This is an incredible collection that builds powerfully in each of its pieces, as it tackles a variety of contemporary issues, including how women are portrayed by their looks, how Social Media puts unnecessary pressure on our lives to make us conform/paint false pictures to impress ot...

    I was sent a copy of this book by the author, and I?m so glad I was able to read this beautiful book. Isabelle?s style of writing is fluid and beautifully structured: I love the way that intertwined with the raw, honest and sometimes dark imagery conveyed in the poetry, there is a ...

    I liked this book. I read the chapbook and found a lot of the poems to be simple yet thoughtful. I love the title and how it is used in one of the poems. Identity: Granny Olga was one of my favourite poems. It was definitely worth reading. My full review can be read on: https://ste...

  • Herward James
    Jan 18, 2018

    Touch, feel, smell, and experience Isabelle Kenyon?s poetry. Within this collection, Kenyon is observant and confessional. While analyzing other people?s weaknesses and the way they give into societal norms, she also explores her own insecurities, which makes the reader like her. A...

    All of society is laid bare in the poems of This is not a Spectacle. I really enjoyed reading this anthology. I wouldn?t say that the imagery and syntax are polished and refined, but that is the appeal of these poems. Isabelle Kenyon writes with a raw honesty that conveys true emo...

    This morning we are travelling into a poetry collection by Isabelle Kenyon, which is a social commentary on a number of people, and subjects - growing old, poverty, the Internet etc. What I loved were the sentences in the poems, which sometimes almost have the form of prose. Take thi...

    In ?This Is Not a Spectacle? the poet embarks on a quiet journey, walking amongst human lives, noticing, observing. The lyrical persona is curious and is present; witnessing details about people that mankind is unaware of or just never takes the pain to notice. "When you want to k...

    I love how Isabelle spoke of many varied topics and made them all fit together despite all their various differences in This Is Not A Spectacle. I found this line from her book really struck at me: "your life is not a circus act". Though, this poem was about the homeless - it really to...

    I discovered Isabelle Kenyon's poetry on Twitter, and I'm glad that I did. In her chapbook, 'This is not a Spectacle', Miss Kenyon takes the reader on a poetic journey into the social ills that plague the private and public spaces in modern society. From the street children in ...

    This is a review for the original, non-extended version of this collection (which doesn't seem to have its own page for reviews). I've got a shelf for poetry I read, and I can say that this collection was completely unlike any of the other collections on that shelf. The blurb itsel...

    The imagery in this collection was really strong and unique. Overall, the style was clear and easy to read, with great use of language. I liked the overall concept of exploring society's voyeuristic nature and the way that we ogle at people's misfortune; it's something I think we shoul...

    daily thoughts for poems i enjoyed this collection for various reasons, however, i feel that there was ?something? missing. and, i?m not sure why it felt slightly off, but it has daily thoughts and life moments spun into every page- so it was refreshing to turn the mundane and...

    This collection of poems captivated me from the first section's lines: "when you want to know a stranger..." Kenyon introduces us to a range of people (from young teenagers to the homeless) throughout the collections' six sections. She offers her thoughts as a passenger, a pedestria...

    In ?This is not a Spectacle? Isabelle Kenyon offers the reader a vivid and elaborate dramatization of human suffering and pain, doubts and fears. I had the privilege to read the extended version of the chapbook where the author explores the human condition with curiosity and ca...

    I love poetry in that it draws you into its words almost immediately. It uses emotions to spin an entire world for you and either lifts you up with encouragement or transport you to new places, new sounds, sights and smells. The visual in this chapbook was stunning. I saw it, "the corp...

    As if you could flip a switch and simply step into someone else's world view, Kenyon takes us on a trip exploring duality, parallels and the pull and tug experiences between two worlds when you finally see both versions. I feel as if I'm in a stream of consciousness when I read the wor...

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review This was a really interesting read! As I always say after reading a collection of poems, it's never easy to write a review about it, and that's still the case here. What I liked the most about This Is Not a Spectacle is ...

    This is an incredible collection that builds powerfully in each of its pieces, as it tackles a variety of contemporary issues, including how women are portrayed by their looks, how Social Media puts unnecessary pressure on our lives to make us conform/paint false pictures to impress ot...

    I was sent a copy of this book by the author, and I?m so glad I was able to read this beautiful book. Isabelle?s style of writing is fluid and beautifully structured: I love the way that intertwined with the raw, honest and sometimes dark imagery conveyed in the poetry, there is a ...

    I liked this book. I read the chapbook and found a lot of the poems to be simple yet thoughtful. I love the title and how it is used in one of the poems. Identity: Granny Olga was one of my favourite poems. It was definitely worth reading. My full review can be read on: https://ste...

    Ten out of ten! An absolute wonderful book! I'm so glad to have read it. Section three in particular would have to be my favourite. It was like reading a piece of my own soul reflected in yours. I very much enjoyed it and am glad I read this book. I would recommend it to anyone who'...

    In ?This is not a Spectacle?, poet Isabelle Kenyon has written a declaration from those that don?t appreciate being placed in the spotlight. She cries out against social and societal injustice with her hard honest lines. I?ve read Kenyon?s other work as well, and I tell you ...

    I received an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. This was a beautiful collection of poetry from the observer's POV. It was emotional in parts, it was thought provoking and an enjoyable collection. I look forward to reading more by this author. Highly recommended! ...

    This is one hell of a book. I started one moment and the very next I was at the end. I couldn't stop and I'm glad I didn't. Beautifully written, filled with passion, and truly captivating. ...

    So excited this is now officially launched! ...

    I have never been a big fan of poetry. But when Isabelle Kenyon approached me to review her poetry collection I decided to give it a try, and it was very good. The poems are powerful and moving. They are divided into sections such as Homeless, The Care Home, and Hospital Rooms. They...

    Overall, I thought that these were well written and relatable, but as someone who doesn't read a lot of poetry, I'm not the best to judge. I liked a few poems more than the others- Cain and Letter to My Younger Self- but most of them I felt didn't leave the lasting impact on me that I ...

    As always, do not let my star count override your judgement of content. More on the stars, counting, and my rating challenges later. In the first poem, Lonely Hearts, Kenyon will ambush you. In the next, Mumbai, you will feel a sense of otherness, ending in irony. Then in sweat shop y...

    Read my full review on my book blog First of all, I must say that I've not read anything quite like Kenyon's collection before. My main criticism of the collection is that it counters its main concept, the collection becomes the spectacle. The blurb of the collection mentions that "...

    This chapbook was too short. Right when I started feeling it, it ended. I?m glad the author published an extended edition. I love the little moments of life captured in the book. There were a few I saw myself in. ...

    The poems came together as a nice collection of tragic characterization. Some of the poems could have used some technical editing, but every poem was a piece of art that transported me to a different country or scene. I was drawn into the world of each poem. ...

    Too bland that I didn't care at all. ...

  • cheyenne raine
    Dec 21, 2017

    Touch, feel, smell, and experience Isabelle Kenyon?s poetry. Within this collection, Kenyon is observant and confessional. While analyzing other people?s weaknesses and the way they give into societal norms, she also explores her own insecurities, which makes the reader like her. A...

    All of society is laid bare in the poems of This is not a Spectacle. I really enjoyed reading this anthology. I wouldn?t say that the imagery and syntax are polished and refined, but that is the appeal of these poems. Isabelle Kenyon writes with a raw honesty that conveys true emo...

    This morning we are travelling into a poetry collection by Isabelle Kenyon, which is a social commentary on a number of people, and subjects - growing old, poverty, the Internet etc. What I loved were the sentences in the poems, which sometimes almost have the form of prose. Take thi...

    In ?This Is Not a Spectacle? the poet embarks on a quiet journey, walking amongst human lives, noticing, observing. The lyrical persona is curious and is present; witnessing details about people that mankind is unaware of or just never takes the pain to notice. "When you want to k...

    I love how Isabelle spoke of many varied topics and made them all fit together despite all their various differences in This Is Not A Spectacle. I found this line from her book really struck at me: "your life is not a circus act". Though, this poem was about the homeless - it really to...

    I discovered Isabelle Kenyon's poetry on Twitter, and I'm glad that I did. In her chapbook, 'This is not a Spectacle', Miss Kenyon takes the reader on a poetic journey into the social ills that plague the private and public spaces in modern society. From the street children in ...

    This is a review for the original, non-extended version of this collection (which doesn't seem to have its own page for reviews). I've got a shelf for poetry I read, and I can say that this collection was completely unlike any of the other collections on that shelf. The blurb itsel...

    The imagery in this collection was really strong and unique. Overall, the style was clear and easy to read, with great use of language. I liked the overall concept of exploring society's voyeuristic nature and the way that we ogle at people's misfortune; it's something I think we shoul...

    daily thoughts for poems i enjoyed this collection for various reasons, however, i feel that there was ?something? missing. and, i?m not sure why it felt slightly off, but it has daily thoughts and life moments spun into every page- so it was refreshing to turn the mundane and...

  • Julia Cirignano
    Dec 14, 2017

    Touch, feel, smell, and experience Isabelle Kenyon?s poetry. Within this collection, Kenyon is observant and confessional. While analyzing other people?s weaknesses and the way they give into societal norms, she also explores her own insecurities, which makes the reader like her. A...

  • K C
    May 07, 2018

    Touch, feel, smell, and experience Isabelle Kenyon?s poetry. Within this collection, Kenyon is observant and confessional. While analyzing other people?s weaknesses and the way they give into societal norms, she also explores her own insecurities, which makes the reader like her. A...

    All of society is laid bare in the poems of This is not a Spectacle. I really enjoyed reading this anthology. I wouldn?t say that the imagery and syntax are polished and refined, but that is the appeal of these poems. Isabelle Kenyon writes with a raw honesty that conveys true emo...

    This morning we are travelling into a poetry collection by Isabelle Kenyon, which is a social commentary on a number of people, and subjects - growing old, poverty, the Internet etc. What I loved were the sentences in the poems, which sometimes almost have the form of prose. Take thi...

    In ?This Is Not a Spectacle? the poet embarks on a quiet journey, walking amongst human lives, noticing, observing. The lyrical persona is curious and is present; witnessing details about people that mankind is unaware of or just never takes the pain to notice. "When you want to k...

    I love how Isabelle spoke of many varied topics and made them all fit together despite all their various differences in This Is Not A Spectacle. I found this line from her book really struck at me: "your life is not a circus act". Though, this poem was about the homeless - it really to...

    I discovered Isabelle Kenyon's poetry on Twitter, and I'm glad that I did. In her chapbook, 'This is not a Spectacle', Miss Kenyon takes the reader on a poetic journey into the social ills that plague the private and public spaces in modern society. From the street children in ...

    This is a review for the original, non-extended version of this collection (which doesn't seem to have its own page for reviews). I've got a shelf for poetry I read, and I can say that this collection was completely unlike any of the other collections on that shelf. The blurb itsel...

    The imagery in this collection was really strong and unique. Overall, the style was clear and easy to read, with great use of language. I liked the overall concept of exploring society's voyeuristic nature and the way that we ogle at people's misfortune; it's something I think we shoul...

    daily thoughts for poems i enjoyed this collection for various reasons, however, i feel that there was ?something? missing. and, i?m not sure why it felt slightly off, but it has daily thoughts and life moments spun into every page- so it was refreshing to turn the mundane and...

    This collection of poems captivated me from the first section's lines: "when you want to know a stranger..." Kenyon introduces us to a range of people (from young teenagers to the homeless) throughout the collections' six sections. She offers her thoughts as a passenger, a pedestria...

    In ?This is not a Spectacle? Isabelle Kenyon offers the reader a vivid and elaborate dramatization of human suffering and pain, doubts and fears. I had the privilege to read the extended version of the chapbook where the author explores the human condition with curiosity and ca...

    I love poetry in that it draws you into its words almost immediately. It uses emotions to spin an entire world for you and either lifts you up with encouragement or transport you to new places, new sounds, sights and smells. The visual in this chapbook was stunning. I saw it, "the corp...

    As if you could flip a switch and simply step into someone else's world view, Kenyon takes us on a trip exploring duality, parallels and the pull and tug experiences between two worlds when you finally see both versions. I feel as if I'm in a stream of consciousness when I read the wor...

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review This was a really interesting read! As I always say after reading a collection of poems, it's never easy to write a review about it, and that's still the case here. What I liked the most about This Is Not a Spectacle is ...

    This is an incredible collection that builds powerfully in each of its pieces, as it tackles a variety of contemporary issues, including how women are portrayed by their looks, how Social Media puts unnecessary pressure on our lives to make us conform/paint false pictures to impress ot...

    I was sent a copy of this book by the author, and I?m so glad I was able to read this beautiful book. Isabelle?s style of writing is fluid and beautifully structured: I love the way that intertwined with the raw, honest and sometimes dark imagery conveyed in the poetry, there is a ...

  • Isabelle
    Nov 17, 2017

    Touch, feel, smell, and experience Isabelle Kenyon?s poetry. Within this collection, Kenyon is observant and confessional. While analyzing other people?s weaknesses and the way they give into societal norms, she also explores her own insecurities, which makes the reader like her. A...

    All of society is laid bare in the poems of This is not a Spectacle. I really enjoyed reading this anthology. I wouldn?t say that the imagery and syntax are polished and refined, but that is the appeal of these poems. Isabelle Kenyon writes with a raw honesty that conveys true emo...

    This morning we are travelling into a poetry collection by Isabelle Kenyon, which is a social commentary on a number of people, and subjects - growing old, poverty, the Internet etc. What I loved were the sentences in the poems, which sometimes almost have the form of prose. Take thi...

    In ?This Is Not a Spectacle? the poet embarks on a quiet journey, walking amongst human lives, noticing, observing. The lyrical persona is curious and is present; witnessing details about people that mankind is unaware of or just never takes the pain to notice. "When you want to k...

    I love how Isabelle spoke of many varied topics and made them all fit together despite all their various differences in This Is Not A Spectacle. I found this line from her book really struck at me: "your life is not a circus act". Though, this poem was about the homeless - it really to...

    I discovered Isabelle Kenyon's poetry on Twitter, and I'm glad that I did. In her chapbook, 'This is not a Spectacle', Miss Kenyon takes the reader on a poetic journey into the social ills that plague the private and public spaces in modern society. From the street children in ...

    This is a review for the original, non-extended version of this collection (which doesn't seem to have its own page for reviews). I've got a shelf for poetry I read, and I can say that this collection was completely unlike any of the other collections on that shelf. The blurb itsel...

    The imagery in this collection was really strong and unique. Overall, the style was clear and easy to read, with great use of language. I liked the overall concept of exploring society's voyeuristic nature and the way that we ogle at people's misfortune; it's something I think we shoul...

    daily thoughts for poems i enjoyed this collection for various reasons, however, i feel that there was ?something? missing. and, i?m not sure why it felt slightly off, but it has daily thoughts and life moments spun into every page- so it was refreshing to turn the mundane and...

    This collection of poems captivated me from the first section's lines: "when you want to know a stranger..." Kenyon introduces us to a range of people (from young teenagers to the homeless) throughout the collections' six sections. She offers her thoughts as a passenger, a pedestria...

    In ?This is not a Spectacle? Isabelle Kenyon offers the reader a vivid and elaborate dramatization of human suffering and pain, doubts and fears. I had the privilege to read the extended version of the chapbook where the author explores the human condition with curiosity and ca...

    I love poetry in that it draws you into its words almost immediately. It uses emotions to spin an entire world for you and either lifts you up with encouragement or transport you to new places, new sounds, sights and smells. The visual in this chapbook was stunning. I saw it, "the corp...

    As if you could flip a switch and simply step into someone else's world view, Kenyon takes us on a trip exploring duality, parallels and the pull and tug experiences between two worlds when you finally see both versions. I feel as if I'm in a stream of consciousness when I read the wor...

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review This was a really interesting read! As I always say after reading a collection of poems, it's never easy to write a review about it, and that's still the case here. What I liked the most about This Is Not a Spectacle is ...

    This is an incredible collection that builds powerfully in each of its pieces, as it tackles a variety of contemporary issues, including how women are portrayed by their looks, how Social Media puts unnecessary pressure on our lives to make us conform/paint false pictures to impress ot...

    I was sent a copy of this book by the author, and I?m so glad I was able to read this beautiful book. Isabelle?s style of writing is fluid and beautifully structured: I love the way that intertwined with the raw, honest and sometimes dark imagery conveyed in the poetry, there is a ...

    I liked this book. I read the chapbook and found a lot of the poems to be simple yet thoughtful. I love the title and how it is used in one of the poems. Identity: Granny Olga was one of my favourite poems. It was definitely worth reading. My full review can be read on: https://ste...

    Ten out of ten! An absolute wonderful book! I'm so glad to have read it. Section three in particular would have to be my favourite. It was like reading a piece of my own soul reflected in yours. I very much enjoyed it and am glad I read this book. I would recommend it to anyone who'...

    In ?This is not a Spectacle?, poet Isabelle Kenyon has written a declaration from those that don?t appreciate being placed in the spotlight. She cries out against social and societal injustice with her hard honest lines. I?ve read Kenyon?s other work as well, and I tell you ...

    I received an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. This was a beautiful collection of poetry from the observer's POV. It was emotional in parts, it was thought provoking and an enjoyable collection. I look forward to reading more by this author. Highly recommended! ...

    This is one hell of a book. I started one moment and the very next I was at the end. I couldn't stop and I'm glad I didn't. Beautifully written, filled with passion, and truly captivating. ...

    So excited this is now officially launched! ...

  • Galya Varna
    Nov 14, 2017

    Touch, feel, smell, and experience Isabelle Kenyon?s poetry. Within this collection, Kenyon is observant and confessional. While analyzing other people?s weaknesses and the way they give into societal norms, she also explores her own insecurities, which makes the reader like her. A...

    All of society is laid bare in the poems of This is not a Spectacle. I really enjoyed reading this anthology. I wouldn?t say that the imagery and syntax are polished and refined, but that is the appeal of these poems. Isabelle Kenyon writes with a raw honesty that conveys true emo...

    This morning we are travelling into a poetry collection by Isabelle Kenyon, which is a social commentary on a number of people, and subjects - growing old, poverty, the Internet etc. What I loved were the sentences in the poems, which sometimes almost have the form of prose. Take thi...

    In ?This Is Not a Spectacle? the poet embarks on a quiet journey, walking amongst human lives, noticing, observing. The lyrical persona is curious and is present; witnessing details about people that mankind is unaware of or just never takes the pain to notice. "When you want to k...

    I love how Isabelle spoke of many varied topics and made them all fit together despite all their various differences in This Is Not A Spectacle. I found this line from her book really struck at me: "your life is not a circus act". Though, this poem was about the homeless - it really to...

    I discovered Isabelle Kenyon's poetry on Twitter, and I'm glad that I did. In her chapbook, 'This is not a Spectacle', Miss Kenyon takes the reader on a poetic journey into the social ills that plague the private and public spaces in modern society. From the street children in ...

    This is a review for the original, non-extended version of this collection (which doesn't seem to have its own page for reviews). I've got a shelf for poetry I read, and I can say that this collection was completely unlike any of the other collections on that shelf. The blurb itsel...

    The imagery in this collection was really strong and unique. Overall, the style was clear and easy to read, with great use of language. I liked the overall concept of exploring society's voyeuristic nature and the way that we ogle at people's misfortune; it's something I think we shoul...

    daily thoughts for poems i enjoyed this collection for various reasons, however, i feel that there was ?something? missing. and, i?m not sure why it felt slightly off, but it has daily thoughts and life moments spun into every page- so it was refreshing to turn the mundane and...

    This collection of poems captivated me from the first section's lines: "when you want to know a stranger..." Kenyon introduces us to a range of people (from young teenagers to the homeless) throughout the collections' six sections. She offers her thoughts as a passenger, a pedestria...

    In ?This is not a Spectacle? Isabelle Kenyon offers the reader a vivid and elaborate dramatization of human suffering and pain, doubts and fears. I had the privilege to read the extended version of the chapbook where the author explores the human condition with curiosity and ca...

  • Laura Mahon
    Oct 22, 2017

    Touch, feel, smell, and experience Isabelle Kenyon?s poetry. Within this collection, Kenyon is observant and confessional. While analyzing other people?s weaknesses and the way they give into societal norms, she also explores her own insecurities, which makes the reader like her. A...

    All of society is laid bare in the poems of This is not a Spectacle. I really enjoyed reading this anthology. I wouldn?t say that the imagery and syntax are polished and refined, but that is the appeal of these poems. Isabelle Kenyon writes with a raw honesty that conveys true emo...

    This morning we are travelling into a poetry collection by Isabelle Kenyon, which is a social commentary on a number of people, and subjects - growing old, poverty, the Internet etc. What I loved were the sentences in the poems, which sometimes almost have the form of prose. Take thi...

    In ?This Is Not a Spectacle? the poet embarks on a quiet journey, walking amongst human lives, noticing, observing. The lyrical persona is curious and is present; witnessing details about people that mankind is unaware of or just never takes the pain to notice. "When you want to k...

    I love how Isabelle spoke of many varied topics and made them all fit together despite all their various differences in This Is Not A Spectacle. I found this line from her book really struck at me: "your life is not a circus act". Though, this poem was about the homeless - it really to...

    I discovered Isabelle Kenyon's poetry on Twitter, and I'm glad that I did. In her chapbook, 'This is not a Spectacle', Miss Kenyon takes the reader on a poetic journey into the social ills that plague the private and public spaces in modern society. From the street children in ...

    This is a review for the original, non-extended version of this collection (which doesn't seem to have its own page for reviews). I've got a shelf for poetry I read, and I can say that this collection was completely unlike any of the other collections on that shelf. The blurb itsel...

    The imagery in this collection was really strong and unique. Overall, the style was clear and easy to read, with great use of language. I liked the overall concept of exploring society's voyeuristic nature and the way that we ogle at people's misfortune; it's something I think we shoul...

    daily thoughts for poems i enjoyed this collection for various reasons, however, i feel that there was ?something? missing. and, i?m not sure why it felt slightly off, but it has daily thoughts and life moments spun into every page- so it was refreshing to turn the mundane and...

    This collection of poems captivated me from the first section's lines: "when you want to know a stranger..." Kenyon introduces us to a range of people (from young teenagers to the homeless) throughout the collections' six sections. She offers her thoughts as a passenger, a pedestria...

    In ?This is not a Spectacle? Isabelle Kenyon offers the reader a vivid and elaborate dramatization of human suffering and pain, doubts and fears. I had the privilege to read the extended version of the chapbook where the author explores the human condition with curiosity and ca...

    I love poetry in that it draws you into its words almost immediately. It uses emotions to spin an entire world for you and either lifts you up with encouragement or transport you to new places, new sounds, sights and smells. The visual in this chapbook was stunning. I saw it, "the corp...

    As if you could flip a switch and simply step into someone else's world view, Kenyon takes us on a trip exploring duality, parallels and the pull and tug experiences between two worlds when you finally see both versions. I feel as if I'm in a stream of consciousness when I read the wor...

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review This was a really interesting read! As I always say after reading a collection of poems, it's never easy to write a review about it, and that's still the case here. What I liked the most about This Is Not a Spectacle is ...

    This is an incredible collection that builds powerfully in each of its pieces, as it tackles a variety of contemporary issues, including how women are portrayed by their looks, how Social Media puts unnecessary pressure on our lives to make us conform/paint false pictures to impress ot...

    I was sent a copy of this book by the author, and I?m so glad I was able to read this beautiful book. Isabelle?s style of writing is fluid and beautifully structured: I love the way that intertwined with the raw, honest and sometimes dark imagery conveyed in the poetry, there is a ...

    I liked this book. I read the chapbook and found a lot of the poems to be simple yet thoughtful. I love the title and how it is used in one of the poems. Identity: Granny Olga was one of my favourite poems. It was definitely worth reading. My full review can be read on: https://ste...

    Ten out of ten! An absolute wonderful book! I'm so glad to have read it. Section three in particular would have to be my favourite. It was like reading a piece of my own soul reflected in yours. I very much enjoyed it and am glad I read this book. I would recommend it to anyone who'...

    In ?This is not a Spectacle?, poet Isabelle Kenyon has written a declaration from those that don?t appreciate being placed in the spotlight. She cries out against social and societal injustice with her hard honest lines. I?ve read Kenyon?s other work as well, and I tell you ...

    I received an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. This was a beautiful collection of poetry from the observer's POV. It was emotional in parts, it was thought provoking and an enjoyable collection. I look forward to reading more by this author. Highly recommended! ...

    This is one hell of a book. I started one moment and the very next I was at the end. I couldn't stop and I'm glad I didn't. Beautifully written, filled with passion, and truly captivating. ...

    So excited this is now officially launched! ...

    I have never been a big fan of poetry. But when Isabelle Kenyon approached me to review her poetry collection I decided to give it a try, and it was very good. The poems are powerful and moving. They are divided into sections such as Homeless, The Care Home, and Hospital Rooms. They...

    Overall, I thought that these were well written and relatable, but as someone who doesn't read a lot of poetry, I'm not the best to judge. I liked a few poems more than the others- Cain and Letter to My Younger Self- but most of them I felt didn't leave the lasting impact on me that I ...

    As always, do not let my star count override your judgement of content. More on the stars, counting, and my rating challenges later. In the first poem, Lonely Hearts, Kenyon will ambush you. In the next, Mumbai, you will feel a sense of otherness, ending in irony. Then in sweat shop y...

    Read my full review on my book blog First of all, I must say that I've not read anything quite like Kenyon's collection before. My main criticism of the collection is that it counters its main concept, the collection becomes the spectacle. The blurb of the collection mentions that "...

    This chapbook was too short. Right when I started feeling it, it ended. I?m glad the author published an extended edition. I love the little moments of life captured in the book. There were a few I saw myself in. ...

    The poems came together as a nice collection of tragic characterization. Some of the poems could have used some technical editing, but every poem was a piece of art that transported me to a different country or scene. I was drawn into the world of each poem. ...

    Too bland that I didn't care at all. ...

    ...

  • Eden Sleepwalker
    Dec 26, 2017

    Touch, feel, smell, and experience Isabelle Kenyon?s poetry. Within this collection, Kenyon is observant and confessional. While analyzing other people?s weaknesses and the way they give into societal norms, she also explores her own insecurities, which makes the reader like her. A...

    All of society is laid bare in the poems of This is not a Spectacle. I really enjoyed reading this anthology. I wouldn?t say that the imagery and syntax are polished and refined, but that is the appeal of these poems. Isabelle Kenyon writes with a raw honesty that conveys true emo...

    This morning we are travelling into a poetry collection by Isabelle Kenyon, which is a social commentary on a number of people, and subjects - growing old, poverty, the Internet etc. What I loved were the sentences in the poems, which sometimes almost have the form of prose. Take thi...

    In ?This Is Not a Spectacle? the poet embarks on a quiet journey, walking amongst human lives, noticing, observing. The lyrical persona is curious and is present; witnessing details about people that mankind is unaware of or just never takes the pain to notice. "When you want to k...

  • The Lexington Bookie
    Nov 23, 2017

    Touch, feel, smell, and experience Isabelle Kenyon?s poetry. Within this collection, Kenyon is observant and confessional. While analyzing other people?s weaknesses and the way they give into societal norms, she also explores her own insecurities, which makes the reader like her. A...

    All of society is laid bare in the poems of This is not a Spectacle. I really enjoyed reading this anthology. I wouldn?t say that the imagery and syntax are polished and refined, but that is the appeal of these poems. Isabelle Kenyon writes with a raw honesty that conveys true emo...

    This morning we are travelling into a poetry collection by Isabelle Kenyon, which is a social commentary on a number of people, and subjects - growing old, poverty, the Internet etc. What I loved were the sentences in the poems, which sometimes almost have the form of prose. Take thi...

    In ?This Is Not a Spectacle? the poet embarks on a quiet journey, walking amongst human lives, noticing, observing. The lyrical persona is curious and is present; witnessing details about people that mankind is unaware of or just never takes the pain to notice. "When you want to k...

    I love how Isabelle spoke of many varied topics and made them all fit together despite all their various differences in This Is Not A Spectacle. I found this line from her book really struck at me: "your life is not a circus act". Though, this poem was about the homeless - it really to...

    I discovered Isabelle Kenyon's poetry on Twitter, and I'm glad that I did. In her chapbook, 'This is not a Spectacle', Miss Kenyon takes the reader on a poetic journey into the social ills that plague the private and public spaces in modern society. From the street children in ...

    This is a review for the original, non-extended version of this collection (which doesn't seem to have its own page for reviews). I've got a shelf for poetry I read, and I can say that this collection was completely unlike any of the other collections on that shelf. The blurb itsel...

    The imagery in this collection was really strong and unique. Overall, the style was clear and easy to read, with great use of language. I liked the overall concept of exploring society's voyeuristic nature and the way that we ogle at people's misfortune; it's something I think we shoul...

    daily thoughts for poems i enjoyed this collection for various reasons, however, i feel that there was ?something? missing. and, i?m not sure why it felt slightly off, but it has daily thoughts and life moments spun into every page- so it was refreshing to turn the mundane and...

    This collection of poems captivated me from the first section's lines: "when you want to know a stranger..." Kenyon introduces us to a range of people (from young teenagers to the homeless) throughout the collections' six sections. She offers her thoughts as a passenger, a pedestria...

    In ?This is not a Spectacle? Isabelle Kenyon offers the reader a vivid and elaborate dramatization of human suffering and pain, doubts and fears. I had the privilege to read the extended version of the chapbook where the author explores the human condition with curiosity and ca...

    I love poetry in that it draws you into its words almost immediately. It uses emotions to spin an entire world for you and either lifts you up with encouragement or transport you to new places, new sounds, sights and smells. The visual in this chapbook was stunning. I saw it, "the corp...

    As if you could flip a switch and simply step into someone else's world view, Kenyon takes us on a trip exploring duality, parallels and the pull and tug experiences between two worlds when you finally see both versions. I feel as if I'm in a stream of consciousness when I read the wor...

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review This was a really interesting read! As I always say after reading a collection of poems, it's never easy to write a review about it, and that's still the case here. What I liked the most about This Is Not a Spectacle is ...

    This is an incredible collection that builds powerfully in each of its pieces, as it tackles a variety of contemporary issues, including how women are portrayed by their looks, how Social Media puts unnecessary pressure on our lives to make us conform/paint false pictures to impress ot...

    I was sent a copy of this book by the author, and I?m so glad I was able to read this beautiful book. Isabelle?s style of writing is fluid and beautifully structured: I love the way that intertwined with the raw, honest and sometimes dark imagery conveyed in the poetry, there is a ...

    I liked this book. I read the chapbook and found a lot of the poems to be simple yet thoughtful. I love the title and how it is used in one of the poems. Identity: Granny Olga was one of my favourite poems. It was definitely worth reading. My full review can be read on: https://ste...

    Ten out of ten! An absolute wonderful book! I'm so glad to have read it. Section three in particular would have to be my favourite. It was like reading a piece of my own soul reflected in yours. I very much enjoyed it and am glad I read this book. I would recommend it to anyone who'...

    In ?This is not a Spectacle?, poet Isabelle Kenyon has written a declaration from those that don?t appreciate being placed in the spotlight. She cries out against social and societal injustice with her hard honest lines. I?ve read Kenyon?s other work as well, and I tell you ...

    I received an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. This was a beautiful collection of poetry from the observer's POV. It was emotional in parts, it was thought provoking and an enjoyable collection. I look forward to reading more by this author. Highly recommended! ...

    This is one hell of a book. I started one moment and the very next I was at the end. I couldn't stop and I'm glad I didn't. Beautifully written, filled with passion, and truly captivating. ...

    So excited this is now officially launched! ...

    I have never been a big fan of poetry. But when Isabelle Kenyon approached me to review her poetry collection I decided to give it a try, and it was very good. The poems are powerful and moving. They are divided into sections such as Homeless, The Care Home, and Hospital Rooms. They...

    Overall, I thought that these were well written and relatable, but as someone who doesn't read a lot of poetry, I'm not the best to judge. I liked a few poems more than the others- Cain and Letter to My Younger Self- but most of them I felt didn't leave the lasting impact on me that I ...

  • Bianca Bowers
    Dec 03, 2017

    Touch, feel, smell, and experience Isabelle Kenyon?s poetry. Within this collection, Kenyon is observant and confessional. While analyzing other people?s weaknesses and the way they give into societal norms, she also explores her own insecurities, which makes the reader like her. A...

    All of society is laid bare in the poems of This is not a Spectacle. I really enjoyed reading this anthology. I wouldn?t say that the imagery and syntax are polished and refined, but that is the appeal of these poems. Isabelle Kenyon writes with a raw honesty that conveys true emo...

    This morning we are travelling into a poetry collection by Isabelle Kenyon, which is a social commentary on a number of people, and subjects - growing old, poverty, the Internet etc. What I loved were the sentences in the poems, which sometimes almost have the form of prose. Take thi...

    In ?This Is Not a Spectacle? the poet embarks on a quiet journey, walking amongst human lives, noticing, observing. The lyrical persona is curious and is present; witnessing details about people that mankind is unaware of or just never takes the pain to notice. "When you want to k...

    I love how Isabelle spoke of many varied topics and made them all fit together despite all their various differences in This Is Not A Spectacle. I found this line from her book really struck at me: "your life is not a circus act". Though, this poem was about the homeless - it really to...

    I discovered Isabelle Kenyon's poetry on Twitter, and I'm glad that I did. In her chapbook, 'This is not a Spectacle', Miss Kenyon takes the reader on a poetic journey into the social ills that plague the private and public spaces in modern society. From the street children in ...

  • Melissa
    Jul 18, 2018

    Touch, feel, smell, and experience Isabelle Kenyon?s poetry. Within this collection, Kenyon is observant and confessional. While analyzing other people?s weaknesses and the way they give into societal norms, she also explores her own insecurities, which makes the reader like her. A...

    All of society is laid bare in the poems of This is not a Spectacle. I really enjoyed reading this anthology. I wouldn?t say that the imagery and syntax are polished and refined, but that is the appeal of these poems. Isabelle Kenyon writes with a raw honesty that conveys true emo...

    This morning we are travelling into a poetry collection by Isabelle Kenyon, which is a social commentary on a number of people, and subjects - growing old, poverty, the Internet etc. What I loved were the sentences in the poems, which sometimes almost have the form of prose. Take thi...

    In ?This Is Not a Spectacle? the poet embarks on a quiet journey, walking amongst human lives, noticing, observing. The lyrical persona is curious and is present; witnessing details about people that mankind is unaware of or just never takes the pain to notice. "When you want to k...

    I love how Isabelle spoke of many varied topics and made them all fit together despite all their various differences in This Is Not A Spectacle. I found this line from her book really struck at me: "your life is not a circus act". Though, this poem was about the homeless - it really to...

    I discovered Isabelle Kenyon's poetry on Twitter, and I'm glad that I did. In her chapbook, 'This is not a Spectacle', Miss Kenyon takes the reader on a poetic journey into the social ills that plague the private and public spaces in modern society. From the street children in ...

    This is a review for the original, non-extended version of this collection (which doesn't seem to have its own page for reviews). I've got a shelf for poetry I read, and I can say that this collection was completely unlike any of the other collections on that shelf. The blurb itsel...

    The imagery in this collection was really strong and unique. Overall, the style was clear and easy to read, with great use of language. I liked the overall concept of exploring society's voyeuristic nature and the way that we ogle at people's misfortune; it's something I think we shoul...

    daily thoughts for poems i enjoyed this collection for various reasons, however, i feel that there was ?something? missing. and, i?m not sure why it felt slightly off, but it has daily thoughts and life moments spun into every page- so it was refreshing to turn the mundane and...

    This collection of poems captivated me from the first section's lines: "when you want to know a stranger..." Kenyon introduces us to a range of people (from young teenagers to the homeless) throughout the collections' six sections. She offers her thoughts as a passenger, a pedestria...

    In ?This is not a Spectacle? Isabelle Kenyon offers the reader a vivid and elaborate dramatization of human suffering and pain, doubts and fears. I had the privilege to read the extended version of the chapbook where the author explores the human condition with curiosity and ca...

    I love poetry in that it draws you into its words almost immediately. It uses emotions to spin an entire world for you and either lifts you up with encouragement or transport you to new places, new sounds, sights and smells. The visual in this chapbook was stunning. I saw it, "the corp...

    As if you could flip a switch and simply step into someone else's world view, Kenyon takes us on a trip exploring duality, parallels and the pull and tug experiences between two worlds when you finally see both versions. I feel as if I'm in a stream of consciousness when I read the wor...

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review This was a really interesting read! As I always say after reading a collection of poems, it's never easy to write a review about it, and that's still the case here. What I liked the most about This Is Not a Spectacle is ...

    This is an incredible collection that builds powerfully in each of its pieces, as it tackles a variety of contemporary issues, including how women are portrayed by their looks, how Social Media puts unnecessary pressure on our lives to make us conform/paint false pictures to impress ot...

    I was sent a copy of this book by the author, and I?m so glad I was able to read this beautiful book. Isabelle?s style of writing is fluid and beautifully structured: I love the way that intertwined with the raw, honest and sometimes dark imagery conveyed in the poetry, there is a ...

    I liked this book. I read the chapbook and found a lot of the poems to be simple yet thoughtful. I love the title and how it is used in one of the poems. Identity: Granny Olga was one of my favourite poems. It was definitely worth reading. My full review can be read on: https://ste...

    Ten out of ten! An absolute wonderful book! I'm so glad to have read it. Section three in particular would have to be my favourite. It was like reading a piece of my own soul reflected in yours. I very much enjoyed it and am glad I read this book. I would recommend it to anyone who'...

    In ?This is not a Spectacle?, poet Isabelle Kenyon has written a declaration from those that don?t appreciate being placed in the spotlight. She cries out against social and societal injustice with her hard honest lines. I?ve read Kenyon?s other work as well, and I tell you ...

    I received an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. This was a beautiful collection of poetry from the observer's POV. It was emotional in parts, it was thought provoking and an enjoyable collection. I look forward to reading more by this author. Highly recommended! ...

    This is one hell of a book. I started one moment and the very next I was at the end. I couldn't stop and I'm glad I didn't. Beautifully written, filled with passion, and truly captivating. ...

    So excited this is now officially launched! ...

    I have never been a big fan of poetry. But when Isabelle Kenyon approached me to review her poetry collection I decided to give it a try, and it was very good. The poems are powerful and moving. They are divided into sections such as Homeless, The Care Home, and Hospital Rooms. They...

    Overall, I thought that these were well written and relatable, but as someone who doesn't read a lot of poetry, I'm not the best to judge. I liked a few poems more than the others- Cain and Letter to My Younger Self- but most of them I felt didn't leave the lasting impact on me that I ...

    As always, do not let my star count override your judgement of content. More on the stars, counting, and my rating challenges later. In the first poem, Lonely Hearts, Kenyon will ambush you. In the next, Mumbai, you will feel a sense of otherness, ending in irony. Then in sweat shop y...

    Read my full review on my book blog First of all, I must say that I've not read anything quite like Kenyon's collection before. My main criticism of the collection is that it counters its main concept, the collection becomes the spectacle. The blurb of the collection mentions that "...