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S are small drownings all those subtle suffocations that live in that place between our ribs that swells with panic incubates fear Lynch shows her readers that sometimes our shadow selves our secrets are our sharpest weapons the knives that rip through flesh suture pacts with demons cut deals with entities looking for than a homecoming something better intimate than familyIt's about the masks we wear and the reflections we choose not. Donna Lynch wants to entertain you but she also wants to make you hurt She wants you to be uncomfortable and afraid and unsettled All that being said she wants to hurt you with the smallest most unassuming tool possible Paraphrased from the afterword Donna did all this to me and This collection of poetry electrified me I read the entire collection in a day Honestly I could have read the 94 pages in an hour However I took my time reading and re reading slow measured out loud This book has weight it even feels heavier in your hand than it should Maybe that is just me This stuff isn t blood splashed across the page It is no less powerful but it is a bit subtle There is a lot of HARD truth in these poems There is loss intersecting loss so intersecting that it repeats itself in at least two places One day you will lose everything you loveIt is those hard truths that struck me Those words bounced around in my head and spilled out of my mouth so I could hear them Somehow saying them out loud made them real to me That made me accept what a dead body feels like even when it is somebody you love That made me accept the gospel that No one will ever notice me as much as those that wish to see me suffer I walked through wreckage and I relished and then drowned in a tawdry affair that started as a dream and turned into a nightmareSo yeah I really liked the poems I loved some of them There are longer story like pieces and short gut punch pieces There is a nice little 7 part horror story at the end That afterword What an afterword I have been trying to express my love of horror poetry for a while I talk about the small corner of a picture that the poem gives you and thus leaves you to fill in the rest I have talked about the small uick cuts over and over in comparison to the slow 300 page knife to the heart I have tried to put words to this feeling Donna kills it in the afterword Nailing down exactly what I feel from a reader s perspective but she is telling it from the poet s viewpoint It kind of flawlessly gets to the heart of the matter and puts words to why I am so enad with the genre of horror poetrySome of my favorites wereLegendAll The Things They Never Tell You I think this was my 1 Terror Management TheoryWreckage If You Love MeShe s A Dream My favorite longish one The Most Haunted Girl I Ever KnewEverything You LoveYou Are Not YouIt Just Wasn t Your Night Maybe the most haunting Honey the most short storyish I am telling you though that afterword Wow Something in the Wine The Moonstone Series just me This stuff isn t blood splashed across the page It is no less powerful but it is a bit subtle There is a lot of HARD truth in these poems There is loss intersecting loss so intersecting that it repeats itself in at least two places One day you will lose everything you loveIt is those hard truths that struck me Those words bounced around in my head and spilled out of my mouth so I could hear them Somehow saying them out loud made them real to me That made me accept what a dead body feels like even when it is somebody you love That made me accept the gospel that No one will ever notice me as much as those that wish to see me suffer I walked through wreckage and I relished and then drowned in a tawdry affair that started as a dream and turned into a nightmareSo yeah I really liked the poems I loved some of them There are longer story like pieces and short gut punch pieces There is a nice little 7 part horror story at the end That afterword What an afterword I have been trying to express my love of horror poetry for a while I talk about the small corner of a picture that the poem gives you and thus leaves you to fill in the rest I have talked about the small uick cuts over and over in comparison to the slow 300 page knife to the heart I have tried to put words to this feeling Donna kills it in the afterword Nailing down exactly what I feel from a reader s perspective but she is telling it from the poet s viewpoint It kind of flawlessly gets to the heart of the matter and puts words to why I am so enad with the genre of horror poetrySome of my favorites wereLegendAll The Things They Never Tell You I think this was my 1 Terror Management TheoryWreckage If You Love MeShe s A Dream My favorite longish one The Most Haunted Girl I Ever KnewEverything You LoveYou Are Not YouIt Just Wasn t Your Night Maybe the most haunting Honey the most short storyish I am telling you though that afterword Wow

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Choking Back the Devil

To look at and what's most terrifying about the spells is these incantations show that we are the possessed that we are our greatest monster and if we look out of the corner of our eyes sometimes if we've damned ourselves enough we can catch a glimpse of our own burnings what monstrosities and mockeries we're to becomeSo cross yourselves and say your prayers Because in this world you are the witch and the hunter the girl and the wol. If you ve been on the fence at all about trying horror poetry Choking Back the Devil is a great place to startThis was my first time to read Donna Lynch and it definitely won t be my last I loved the poems in this collection and I highly recommend Choking Back the Devil as a collection to try

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Choking Back the Devil by Donna Lynch is an invocation an ancient invitation that summons the darkness within and channels those lonely spirits looking for a host It's a collection that lives in the realm of ghosts and family curses witchcraft and urban legends and if you're brave enough to peek behind the veil the hauntings that permeate these pages will break seals and open doorways cut throats and shatter mirrorsYou see these poem. Horror poetry is a recent discovery for me I didn t know I needed it until I tried it and now I can t live without it All of the many voices I have listened to so far are identifiably individualistic I think that if someone were to give me a blind taste test I could sample a poem with only my ears and my heart and I could tell you who wrote it of course only from the horror poetry artists I ve read beforeDonna Lynch is lyrical yes but she also teeters on the edge of flash fiction and folkloreSome of these poems feel like they could reside in a collection of dark fables there is magic and ageless ualityExampleWhen I was a child I had a little house up the hill from the goatThe serpent lived there in the wall next to the shedI let him be as he stayed uietWe would track mud and dirt into the little houseand the spiders took up housekeeping in the summerOther poems read like disturbing journalsI let the madmen practice on meHow far I can stretchHow deep do I goHow well do I hold up under certain conditionsI think my favorite thing to do is to read a poem two or three times and then meditate on it before moving on to the next one Almost like you need to wipe clean the mess the previous poem left in your mind I enjoyed this collection Lynch writes like these words are attacking her from the inside They are unflinching raw brutal fearless and daring I applaud Raw Dog Screaming Press for being out in front of the pack when it comes to publishing horror poetry collections I hope we can see and artists venturing out from the woodwork and giving us their uniue dark gift of words


10 thoughts on “Choking Back the Devil

  1. says:

    Horror poetry is a recent discovery for me I didn't know I needed it until I tried it and now I can't live without it All of the many voices I have listened to so far are identifiably individualistic I think that if someone were to give me a blind taste test I could sample a poem with only my ears and my heart and I could tell you who wrote it of course only from the horror poetry artists I've read beforeDonna Lynch is l

  2. says:

    Demons come in many formsSome with teeth and some with hornsBut none so vicious as the hordesThat came to be when you were born Two of the literary genres I will never stop reaching for — in fact they were the two genres I cut my teeth on as a young reader so many years ago now — are horror and poetry The two

  3. says:

    Every ugly thing needs a home and the space inside your head works nicelyChoking Back the Devil is the second collection I've read from Donna Lynch and I loved it so much These poems were gorgeous and haunting and I really enjoyed my time reading them I found this collection to be honest and easy to connect with My top 5 poems were All the Things They Never Tell You Doll Honey Borderlines A Horror Story in 7 Small Parts

  4. says:

    “There are so many things that I don’t have a place for on paper so they float in my bloodstream” – pg 78 Excerpt From Skinn

  5. says:

    “The horror novel may be hundreds of needles inserted into the flesh over the course of days or weeks but the poem if done right c

  6. says:

    Donna Lynch wants to entertain you but she also wants to make you hurt She wants you to be uncomfortable and afraid and unsettled All that being said she wants to hurt you with the smallest most unassuming tool

  7. says:

    If you've been on the fence at all about trying horror poetry Choking Back the Devil is a great place to startThis was my first time to read Donna Lynch and it definitely won't be my last I loved the poems in this collection and I highly recomm

  8. says:

    I've read a lot of Lynch's poetry over the years and in my mind this is her best book yet There's something uite earnest about the messages here which avoid the trite trappings of horror in order to dig her poetic fingers a little deeply into the gristle just like on the cover art and get at the truth beneath what they

  9. says:

    So good 5 stars and full review to come

  10. says:

    I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest reviewChoking Back the Devil is my second journey down the lyrical prose rabbit hole with Donna Lynch and she did not disappoint With just as much fervor and raw visceral imagery as 'Witches' Ms Lynch solidifies her stake in the growing sub genre of horror poetry describing the darkness that can dwell even in the most purest of souls in a chillingly alluring

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