• Poetry Book Reviews

    The Future

    So I discovered Hilborn’s work after watching him perform The Future a couple of years back and the poem had stayed with me ever since. I sought out more of Hilborn’s work and fell in love with his first collection, Our Numbered Days. “I think a lot about killing myself, not like a point on a map but rather like a glowing exit sign at a show that’s never been quite bad enough to make me want to leave. See, when I’m up I don’t kill myself because, holy shit, there’s so much left to do. When I’m down I don’t kill myself because then the sadness would be over,…

  • Poetry Book Reviews

    Helium

    Goodness gracious Helium was such a breath of fresh air. Francisco writes with a voice that is down to earth and full of so much truth about life today in America. I greatly enjoyed this collection, it was free verse but many of the poems were still littered with beautiful metaphor and allegory. After every poem I finished I appreciated the medium so much more. “I am learning that a person who only knows how to fight can only communicate in violence and that shouldn’t be anyone’s first language.” The author pulls no punches when discussing contemporary issues such as in The Heart and the Fist, which is about toxic…

  • Poetry Book Reviews

    Our Numbered Days

    If you haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing slam poetry or have never heard of Neil Hilborn before then I strongly urge you to check out some of his performances, particularly OCD and Joey. It will give you an idea of his voice and the strong emotional impact of his writing. “Love how you hate yourself sometimes, because goddamn, at least there’s still something to hate.” Our Numbered Days is a brilliant collection because it challenges readers to ask questions about themselves and take a look at their lives. Hilborn tackles some extremly heavy topics such as heartbreak, mental illness, depression, and suicide. Many of the poems are emotionally raw…

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