She built a wall, a fortress so high
That keeps her a prisoner of her own mind
So on days she couldn’t glimpse the sun
Please don’t tell her to just get out and get about
Because darling, I assure you
She doesn’t know how to escape
This lonely castle she built
Out of her own tears, cut, and howl of anguish
Where hidden doors are called Happiness
And keys are called Prozac
Or sometimes the usual,
‘It’s just in your mind.’
Hearts and Empires is Cynthia Go’s debut poetry collection which I very much enjoyed reading from start to end. It is wonderful and raw. The other pieces that I admired the most in this collection are I Believe There’s An Alternate Reality Where We Both Make It, Tell Me Something I Didn’t Know, Too Late, Constellation of Her Bones, Maybe It’s Okay and The Love Letters To The Dead.
This book tackles on subjects about love, loss, heartbreak, trauma, depression, and healing. Some of the pieces may be triggering because it has dark themes but overall Cynthia Go shines light on the topic of hope in the end.
Her writing style is very simple, raw and magical. I just love this book, and I am looking forward to her next collection. It truly is a unique piece of literature.
Let me be the first to say that this book is a success.