Depression & Other Magic Tricks – Review

 Depression & Other Magic Tricks РReview

by: Sabrina Benaim

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Depression & Other Magic Tricks is the debut book by Sabrina Benaim, one of the most-viewed performance poets of all time, whose poem “Explaining My Depression to My Mother” has become a cultural phenomenon with over 50,000,000 views. Depression & Other Magic Tricks explores themes of mental health, love, and family. It is a documentation of struggle and triumph, a celebration of daily life and of living. Benaim’s wit, empathy, and gift for language produce a work of endless wonder.

Depression & Other Magic Tricks – Review

Before I get into my review, you need to watch this video: Explaining My Depression to My Mother. I have watched this poem in its spoken form no less than five times. I am usually not one who goes for poetry. But there’s just something about her voice and the way this poem is portrayed.

Because I have seen her most popular poem in the videos, I heard her voice throughout the book. Each word I read, just out at me from the pages. It felt like I was in the same room, listening to her talk. Listening to her depression. Listening to her magic tricks, and the words that pop. 

There are so many things about this poetry collection that spoke to me. It’s just one of those things that blow you away and you don’t know it until you find the poem that is exactly you.

This happened as I read ‘the loneliest sweet potato’. I adored the repetition and each word hit me like a ton of bricks. At the end, each brick lifted as if they weren’t heavy and the whole world floated away. I cried and I couldn’t pick up the rest of the book. I had to let it sit for a while.

Depression and Other Magic Tricks is Sabrina’s debut book. For sure, I will be picking up another one by her. Outstanding.

*I received an advanced reader copy from NetGalley.


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