How to be Held
Published by Burning Eye Books
To be held is to be embraced. Not only by the bodies or cities around you, but also by yourself. Maddie Godfrey’s poems are like a best friend standing behind you in the mirror, whispering truths you can’t yet speak by yourself. These poems are a lover’s hand finding yours in the dark. Although they articulate the heaviness of trauma, they are also fluent in the warmth of a well-lit room. How To Be Held reads like a manifesto to vulnerability. Maddie uses her own personal experiences to humanise topics such as body positivity, gender politics and self-preservation. Her words ache with an intimate familiarity, as if she is seated beside the reader on a couch or bar stool.
These poems are strong in the softest way. Maddie’s first collection lingers like a diary entry which you cannot remember writing but still recognise yourself within.
Even if these words do not teach you how to be held, they will embrace you.