1996 [Book Review]

Book Reviews


I promised myself that I would read more poetry so I requested a copy of 1996 by Sara Peters from House of Anansi Press. I love requesting books from them because their books are not that mainstream, they’re a little different and not quite cookie-cutter. 1996  did not disappoint my expectations, it was weird, wonderful, and incredibly dark. Sara Peters is an insanely talented poet who isn’t scared to tackle themes like obsession, cruelty, desires, violence, sex and disorders.

(Right now I imagine we’re all feeling

like it’s winter and we’re alone

in a splintering cabin on a crumbling cliff

with the ocean below hurling itself at the rocks

like a child against a locked bedroom door,

but of course I don’t say this out loud.)

Sara Peters has a way of unsettling her readers while making them trust her. You’ll be taken on dark adventure in only 80 pages but is definitely one that you won’t forget. If you’re looking to read beautiful poems about love, serenity, and nature in order to feel ‘happy’ then 1996 isn’t for you. If you want to get in touch with a darker side of poetry and are willing to delve into an unsettling and still enjoyable book, then this collection of poetry is just what the doctor ordered.


* Quote from page 53 of 1996 

What fixes everything?

Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal

“Chocolate, yeah…and sex.”

– a customer

That was just the beginning of a conversation had between myself and two of my regular customers. Let’s just say that I served their cappuccinos (extra foam, chocolate, and cinnamon) with a flushed face and cheeks sore from laughter. These ladies are older than my parents, with contagious laughs, and the brightest smiles I’ve yet to see. They treat me like an adult but still slip a few chocolates or some spare change in my TIP JAR. I enjoy their weekly visits but this week they made my day. I let my walls down, as well as, my prudish disposition and enjoyed a conversation with two women who have seen and understood more of this crazy world than myself. The best part? I made them laugh! On their way out one of the ladies left me with some advice and thanked me for putting her friend in a better mood. I guess sometimes it is better to let go, to let loose, and to forget about your self-consciousness.


 Free your mind, let your heart breathe, say something silly, it just might make your day.

Talk soon,

Vanessa Xo