Fall Risk by Niall Power
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"My stepmom opens the top drawer
In the guest room,
Takes out the cut-up bracelet
"Can I please throw this out?"
It reads, "Fall Risk,"
which is what I am,
Yellowed and frayed
at the ends."
Niall Power's collection of poetry and short stories blurs the line between reality and the surreal in an entertaining, metaphorical manner.
Within the seventy-five poems included, the author's introspective observational style recounts his struggles with sobriety, relationships, and self-discovery.
Nine short stories round out the collection in raw, sarcastic glory. In Distance, a recovering addict finds himself addicted to a new drug he never expected - a smartphone app. Slap Night explores the pleasure in pain with a character whose existence is questionable.
These pieces and many more entertain and enlighten simultaneously and Power's remarkable ability to set a scene allows readers to feel each word.