In Not Afraid To Be Real: A Poetry Collection, Maranda writes that she prefers “gritty, down-to-earth poems that speak to the heart and make us see life in a way that we might not have before.” The themes in the book move from love to struggle and darkness and then on to hope, concluding with some quirky fun.
I really liked the ending of the poem Accept Me As I Am:
“Hurt me –
then heal me.
And most importantly,
keep loving me
even when I
refuse to love myself.”
The Living Dead looks at expectations that we let go of dreams that are no longer considered acceptable. Other themes running through the darker sections of the book include feeling dismissed, unwanted, and unaccepted. Everybody Loves You ponders the rose-coloured glasses through which we tend to see those who have passed on, and whether its worth being remembered in such a way.
And, fitting for this time of year, does flatulence belong in Christmas? Absolutely, and it makes an appearance in Bad Christmas Poem!
I very much enjoyed this collection, and it's written in a way that’s very accessible and real even for people who don’t typically read poetry. Maranda definitely delivers on her preference for a gritty, down-to-earth style of poetry.