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In their second full-length poetry collection, Melissa Jennings illuminates what lies beneath the skin and the things that we carry with us in our daily lives. Underworld explores mental illness, identity, and the unspoken.

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"Melissa Jennings drags us into an ‘underworld’ darker than Dante’s circles of hell, one that is present in real day to day life.
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Paperback, 122 pages
Published October 10th 2018 by KDP
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Shirley Cuypers
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This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Melissa Jennings!

but what I did learn is that you never know who people really are.
I never wanted to find x, I wanted to find why.
I wanted to know why I was never good enough for people.


Underworld is a poetry collection about mental health, identity and the unspoken. This poetry collection has poems about anxiety, depression, difficult parental relationships, self-harm, dissociation, suicide, …

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Helen
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, lgbtqia, 2018
I dare you to rip the sunlight out of my skin. you will see what the darkness does to the light.

I received a free PDF copy of this book in exchange for an honest review – thank you so much to Melissa for sending this to me!

I will also be reviewing this book on my Youtube channel soon, so keep an eye out for my video review!

Underworld is a collection which focuses primarily on mental illness, particularly the author’s experiences with anxiety and depression. I want to preface this review by sayin
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Fida Islaih
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mental-health, poetry
Melissa's poetry takes you on a journey. The poems are full of strong imagery and emotion. It's heartbreaking. You are able to understand what anxiety is. You are able to feel and visualize with the author. There are glimpses of hope and love.
Kirsty Wilkinson
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
As in previous works, Jennings' use of metaphor and simile create vivid images that envelop the reader into their world. That this particular one is a journey through Dante-esque circles of hell as a parallel to their relationship with their mental illnesses makes this a raw and occasionally painful read, but an excellent one nonetheless. I could feel the loud vibration of their building anxiety and the swoops their emotions took on each page with beautiful clarity. If you're looking for insight ...more
Shelby Leigh
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I felt every emotion possible while reading Underworld. There is power, strength, and growth in every line. Jennings' passion for words is captivating and their talent for various styles of poetry shines through the darkness. This is their best collection yet!
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Becca Barrett
This book would be a good book to teach students about the elements of poetry such as imagery with can definitely be seen through out these poems.
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MELISSA JENNINGS [they/them] lives with their cat, Dora, in the sometimes sunny but always vibrant city of Glasgow, in Scotland. They are currently studying towards an MA in English Literature at the University of Glasgow. Melissa is an avid reader and a writer of many genres - poetry is just the first step.
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