Looking Despair in the Eye: A Review of Maranda Russell’s Can’t Keep Me Down

Such a great review of my newest poetry ebook! This made me feel proud 🙂


For those among you who’re looking for quick answers, long story short, I can’t recommend this book enough! 

Before I Begin: A Caveat

Having said that, I must also say that my review of Maranda Russell’s book of poems and short prose, Can’t Keep Me Down, is most likely a somewhat biased one, for I could relate to Maranda’s work so much that I wish I had written half the poems in the collection.

On Themes and Style

Dealing with themes both personal and universal, political and not, Maranda cuts through the clutter and goes straight to the heart of the issue, mincing no words. The result is a series of poems peppered with short prose pieces, as moving as they are succinct.

From relationships and privilege to difficult emotions and states of mind, such as grief and suicidal ideation, Maranda paints her words on a palette that is…

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Hi! I am an artist, author, and blogger who also happens to have Asperger’s Syndrome. I have won several awards and honors for my writings and artwork. I suffer from a few severe mental illness and chronic pain conditions (Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Fibromyalgia, CFS/ME, Ehlers Danlos, Degenerative Disc Disease, etc.), which greatly affects my life and makes me want to advocate for others going through similar things. Other interests of mine include reading, writing, drawing, watching cartoons and movies, collecting toys, hanging out with my family, and annoying my 3 cats.

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