From the poet behind bone, a lyrical memoirpart prose, part verseabout coming-of-age, uncovering the cruelty and the beauty of the wider world, and redemption through self-discovery and the bonds of familyMy little brother and I saw a unicorn in the garden in the late nineties.Im telling you. Neither one of us made it up; it was as real as anything else.The Terrible, Yrsa Daley-Wards brave, raw, lyrical memoir that captures the surreal magic and incredible discomfort of adolescence, burgeoning sexuality, rootlessness, and connection. Through emotional snapshots that span from her adolescence through her early twenties, each brought to life in Yrsas signature style of open white spaces and stirring, singular lines, The Terrible evokes the pain and thrill of girlhood, as well as what it means to discover the fear and power that come with being a woman. With a sharp eye and a rare talent for mining the beauty and the sorrow in the everyday, Yrsa recounts her remarkable life: growing up as one of the only black children in a poor, white, working class town; navigating the extreme Christianity of her family; inquiring after her paternity; moving through phases of addiction and sexual encounters; and ultimately finding her place in her family and in life....
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The Terrible Reviews
I was excited to read this book, because while I'm not really a fan of Yrsa Daley Ward's poetry, I do think the clarity she employs in that work would make for an intriguing memoir.
Not many things here are new experiences—oppressively religious grandparents, confusing and/or concerning childhood experiences with sexuality, and lots of self-despair, all of which funnel into a gripping depression beginning in Daley-Ward's young adult years, which we are still in the thick of by the end of this mem ...more
one of those where, from the first page, you say to yourself "welp I'm not even going to start underlining because then the whole damn thing will be underlined."
Florence Welch, of Florence + The Machine, says that Yrsa’s works is like “holding the truth in your hands.”
That perfectly sums up how I feels.
Her first collection, “bone,” was incredible, and I am so glad this went even further with her craft.
Yrsa Daley-Ward is an extraordinary story teller, and I suggest you run to pick up her work
Labeled as a "lyrical memoir" which was very different and challenging for me, I enjoyed it but kept feeling like I wanted it to either be more of a book or more poetry, but the prose vs verse in-between was an interesting challenge to engage with. I took my time with this since she writes throughout about depression and the heaviness and darkness she paints is quite vivid.
The Terrible is the depression, the blackness of a heart and a life. She writes poetically in the present tense. This is the kind of memoir than I think can only be written if your mom is no longer living. It is harsh and true. I appreciated the honesty.
A few months ago I read Bone, and the only thing I had to say at first was that I so badly wanted to hear the poetry spoken out loud. Then, at the beginning of June, I actually got the opportunity to see Yrsa, as her book tour for The Terrible had a stop in my city. Listening to her speak was as beautiful and as powerful as I had imagined, and walking out of that bookshop, I felt so inspired. Since that day I’ve had a copy of The Terrible, but have been waiting for the right time to read it. Thi ...more
4.5 stars - An emotional sucker punch.
Don’t you know you’re one of the lucky one? shouts the terrible. Don’t you know I’ve got you, you ungrateful, ungrateful creature? You wretch! Don’t you know those dark times kept you stronger? (thus sayeth the terrible). Don’t you know without me you would be just another girl with an everyday life and an almost-house always under construction and a man you tolerate and don’t really love and a father you met but who stopped you from doing anything and seei...more