Wild Embers explores the fire that lies within every soul, weaving words around ideas of feeling at home in your own skin, allowing yourself to heal, and learning to embrace your uniqueness with love from the universe.
Featuring rewritten fairytale heroines, goddess wisdom, and poetry that burns with revolution, this collection is an explosion of femininity, empowerment, and personal growth.
I went into this not knowing what to expect from the author, especially after feeling a bit disconnected with the writing in Your Soul is a River. But Nikita Gill had me pleasantly surprised with this follow-up book.
I recently came to the realization, after some much-needed trial and error with multiple poetry collections, than I enjoy my poems focused more on self-love over romantic love. And Wild Embers brought just that to the table. I would go so far as to say that this is the ultimate self-care poetry collection. The practice of learning to love yourself is a continuous theme over the course of these poems, rather than just making an appearance here and there. So are the themes of girl power, kindness and confidence, the grandiosity of space (her fascination with the intergalactic was so contagious, I now have my eyes set on reading What We See in the Stars), rewriting classic Disney fairytales to fit a more feminist point of view, and the powerful women in mythology. Speaking of the last two, I really enjoyed Gill’s modern take on the question: What if the real story was something completely different? It added something refreshing that I hadn’t seen before in previous poetry collections.
“They may have taken us down individually, but they cannot destroy an army made of us all.”
And to share a few of my favorite caught gems from Wild Embers:
The last poem was a majestic note to end on.
And speaking on the theme, I listened to the acoustic version of Love Yourself while reading, which really amped up my experience:
ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Publication Date: November 16th, 2017