Red Hen Press (2017)
Reviewed by Skyler Boudreau for Reader Views (1/18)
“Circadian” is a collection of twelve essays for adults that make use of both poetic and lyrical structure and mathematical and scientific practices. Through these lenses Chelsey Clammer explores mental illnesses, past stories of trauma, and a series of different relationships.
From the first essay, formatted as a bulleted list, Clammer captures the reader with her unique voice and honest, raw vulnerability. Each of the following pieces are equally enthralling and stay with the reader long after the book has been closed. Collections like these are such personal things that it takes great courage to even write them down, let alone share them with the rest of the world.
Each piece easily hold its own, and putting them together in one volume builds a powerful experience, seamlessly slipping Clammer’s audience into each new…