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[Dis]Connected: Poems and Stories of Connection and Otherwise

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Humanity exists in a hyper connected world, where our closest friends, loves and enemies lie but a keyboard stroke away. Few know this better than the poets who have risen to the top of their trade by sharing their emotion, opinion and art with millions of fans.

Combining the poetic forces of some of today’s most popular and confessional poets, this book presents poems and
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2018 by Central Avenue Publishing
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Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
[Dis]Connected is a surprisingly pleasant project of poetry and short fiction. Halket takes a dozen young poets and assigns them a task. First, they each contribute three poems. Second, they will be put into a random order and asked to choose one poem from the poet that they are paired with and write a short fiction influenced by that poem. The short fiction should contain a line or two from the poem but also be creative and not just a prose retelling of the poem.

Yena Sharma Purmasir writes the
[Dis]Connected is a collage of beautifully written stories and poems that capture the imagination, as we find, lose and appreciate, those connections we make in life. The premise of the book is to explore, why in an ever-connected world are we seeing isolation and disconnection with so many people. We have created a world where the ability to connect with others is truly awesome but that brings both positive and negative opportunities to interact or feel omitted.

Michelle Halket, very
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I usually thoroughly enjoy great, emotive and inspirational poetry, so I absolutely loved this wonderful anthology including prose by some of the biggest names in the poetry game right now. It's a collection of short stories and poetry whereby a poet is handed a poem written by another contributor and told to write a poem or short story based on said poem, therefore connecting all of the contributions to one another. As always there are some poems that are stronger and more powerful than others, ...more
Hauptsächlich habe ich mir diese Anthologie zugelegt, weil Amanda Lovelace ihren Part dazu beigetragen hat. Ich liebe ihre Gedichte und der Ansatz der Sammlung klang auch wunderbar!

Leider konnten mich nur wenige Beiträge richtig begeistern. Die beiden Vorworte gehörten dazu und die Geschichten von Amanda Lovelace und Iain S. Thomas. Der Rest war ok, mal besser oder schlechter.

Ich habe dennoch in so gut wie jeder Geschichte und jedem Gedicht mindestens eine Phrase markieren können, die mir gut ge
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a cute and quick read.

I like when collections match an overall theme and aren't divided from each other - here we get a literal alternation, with one author's poem preceding another author's short story and poem, repeating for a total of 10 short stories and 10 poems (though there were bonus poems at the end that were good to read).

There were some short stories and poems that resonated with me more than others, just because they were more interesting to read. I like the selkie story, an
Carry On, Isabel
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry, anthology

I was pretty excited about the release of [Dis]Connected when it was first announced. What's not to like about a poetry anthology?

I spoke too soon.

The idea to this anthology is that each author submits three poems that adhere to the overall theme. The poems are assigned randomly to another author who has to write a short story based on one of the poems. For example, Cyrus Parker draws Nikita Gill's name which means he has to write a short story based on one of her poems, then another author d
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, 2018
I received a free digital copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

[Dis]connected is an anthology of poetry and short stories paired together. Each writer was assigned a poem by another writer, and tasked to write a short story based on that poem.

Overall, this collection was pretty decent. As always with short story collections, there will always be some works you enjoy more than others, but the quality was fairly consistent throughout. It does show, I feel, that some
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a collection from a bunch of popular poets filled with immersive poems and short stories dealing with connection or lack of connection between humans. I was not able to relate/connect to some of the short stories, but yet was able to enjoy the writing. The style of modern poetry translates into very descriptive stories, but at times could lag. The writing of all these poets is gorgeous and was my favorite part of this collection.

"There is a blessing in us being connected, but there is a
Loring Wirbel
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I stepped into this collection with the type of trepidation born of the belief that most projects spurred by publishers fall into the "it seemed like a good idea at the time" category. Seriously, choose a dozen young poets and ask them to hone their short-story skills by using other poets' work as inspiration? Sounds like a combination of Exquisite Corpse and Hot Potato at first.

But damn if this didn't work a lot better than it had any right to do. The best aspect of the collection is that all w
Bogi Takács
Done but not reviewing it right now, because I will be covering this book and a related event for a magazine. :)

Source of the book: E-ARC from publisher
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Received this ARC from the publishers for free. In exchange for an honest review.

I loved the idea behind this book. 10 poets. 10 poems and 10 short stories. The poem is written by someone and then the short story is written by someone else but are connected. And so on. In this big wonderful circle of poetry and short stories.
Michelle Halket’s into to this book got me so excited to read it. And it did not disappoint. There was fairytales and love stories and grief. It was a rollercoaster of emot
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
A good mixture of poets with different levels of experience. Featuring poems, short stories and illustrations this was an interesting collection that showcases a variety of poetry forms, includes some insight into how the poems were used as short story prompts and offers a variety of subject matters and unique points of view. While I connected more with some pieces than others, I feel that this is a book I will return to. This is modern poetry so don’t expect traditional formats and rhyming sche ...more
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s
A collection of short stories and poetry, Disconnected is a book that features an incredible collection of poetic talent from the likes of Amanda Lovelace and Nikita Gill.

The stories are really something in this book, sometimes hard hitting, sometimes beautiful, in particular Cyrus Parker’s and Amanda Lovelace’s stories really strike me in this book.(view spoiler)
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Wooohooooo I got my wish! Thank you so much to Central Avenue Publishing for granting me the opportunity to read an e-arc of this poetry collection in exchange for an honest review! Thank you also to Netgalley, which is a great platform as always!

Sooo...poetry...I think that I’ve read maybe one poetry book until this year, but lately I am growing quite a fondness for it! Poetry really can get you out of a reading slump as well, since it’s mostly shorter in length and easier to absorb but still p
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars!
This collection of poetry was really good !! I liked most of the texts. I recommend this receuil to all those who love poetry in general. Thanks to Netgalley for this e-arc in exchange of my honest review.
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great anthology of short stories and poems that includes very inspirational pieces. I love how the words of every poet who took part in this book are connected to each other.

Alex Jeanty, Cyrus Parker, Yena Sharma Purmasir, Amanda Lovelace, and Iain S. Thomas’ pieces were my favourite.
Rebecca (Coffeebooksandjournals)
It take me a while to get through anthologies but I loved the last section where it was the poems. I really enjoyed this book. If you are just starting off with poetry you should pick it up or if you are a poetry lover pick it up too!
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is absolutely beautiful book.
First of all the idea of it! OMG! So wonderfully clever!

The book contains poems of ten different authors and short stories followed, based on the poem, but wrote by different author. Such a great circle of unique, creative writing!
I love this idea so much. It is so brilliant.

I read every single world in the book. And I love the introduction by Michelle Halket. When she explained how the idea was executed she wrote:"It was like these stories were glimpses into
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
[Dis]connected is a unique collection of contemporary writing, in which poets write poems on the theme of connection and then write a short story about another writer's poem from the collection. The result is an emotional collection that takes similar lines and concepts in different directions. On one hand, it is a great way to discover new writers, and on the other, it is fresh work from all the writers involved too.

Though there are a lot of good poems in the book, it is the short stories that
Moriah Conant
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this book! Even though it's been a looong time since I've willingly read a short story (thanks required school reading), I found myself engaged in the various stories and wishing that they lasted longer.

I didn't entirely see the theme of being disconnected in every piece, but that may have been in the way I read the poems and stories.

If you are interested in 'meeting' several unique and talented artists you should definitely read this book!

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thought provoking content as well as an intriguing way to connect writers.
Stephanie Gillespie
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an ebook proof from Netgalley for an honest review.

This was a really unique book filled with a wide cast of poets, some I love and some were new to me. Anthologies are difficult to review, as each story is different.I reviewed the  short stories individually, obviously my three favorite were Nakita, Amanda and Cyrus. I will read anything by these three authors,and if i had to pick a favorite story it would be Amanda's. It was beautiful, magical and about the ocean,so it holds a specia
grey palmer
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
a lovely composition of poems and stories!!
all of the writers have a way of dragging you into their stories and not letting you go. definitely a 5/5!!
Dani Winland
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley, Central Avenue Publishing and all of the authors for giving me a copy of [DIS]CONNECTED in exchange for my honest review!


Review was originally posted on my blog:


When I first received [Dis]Connected I was intrigued by the concept of it. Michelle Halket, publisher at Central Avenue Publishing, came up with the idea for it when she heard someone say “they heard poetry was the next colouring book… referring to the craze of adult colouring books
Megan  (YABookers)
Disclaimer: I received this free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I requested this on NetGalley purely because I saw that Amanda Lovelace had a short story in this collection. While I love her poetry, poetry isn't my favourite type of book to read, so I wanted to give her short fiction a read. Anthologies have always been a bit of a hit or miss with me-which have nothing to do with the authors or stories, it is my personal taste. [Dis]Connected is an interesting anthology as e
Chloe Metzger
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow, wow, wow this is an incredible connection. Going in I expected more poetry than short stories but in the end, I thought these were some of the best short stories I have ever read. There was a real sense of variety despite the connection they all share and the collection itself. 

This is a collection that tackles so many different issues from grief to family. Real life issues to fantastic fantasy. I truly believe there is something in this collection for everyone and being able to get a sneak
Alyssa Marie
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
I got this from netgalley for review.

This is a very cool concept! It's a mixture of poetry and short stories that all connect by using parts from the previous writer's poem. SO NEAT. I complain a lot about how I lose steam with poetry collections sometimes because they don't flow and can feel very disjointed. BUT THIS IS THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF THAT. Therefore I obviously loved the format of this lol. I haven't read a collection with short stories in god knows how long, so it was super nice and I
Just as the title is unique, so is the concept of this book. Take a group of current day poets, and have each poet write one poem, and one short story based on another poet's (in the group) poem. The working theme for each poem/story is that in this age where we are so digitally connected, we are more disconnected from others than ever before. Everything about this book intrigues me.

Some of the pairings work better than others, and some poets are better at writing short stories than others, but
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love the premise behind this poetry/short story collection. Each writer must read a poem from another author, then write a short story loosely inspired by the piece. The story has to include at least one line from the poem. This unique and fun structure sets the book apart from other collections for sure. I love the magical realism and supernatural elements in many of the stories and was happy to learn about a few writers I haven't heard of before. However, as with all anthologies, there were ...more
Susie Dumond
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting project with a great concept and a lot of talented poets. The editor asked the contributors to write poems that were then passed on to each other as inspiration for short stories or other poems in what could be called a poetic game of telephone. Some of the stories and poems are stronger than others, as you would expect. If you're a fan of any of the poets involved, you'll most likely enjoy the collection. From the editor's note, it seems like one goal of [Dis]connected is ...more
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