Review: This Is Not a Spectacle


Title: This Is Not a Spectacle
Author: Isabelle Kenyon
Genre: Poetry
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Source: Author
Release Date: September 4, 2017
Rating: ★★★★

goodreads-badge-add-plus-71eae69ca0307d077df66a58ec068898Goodreads Synopsis:

The extended version of This Is Not a Spectacle explores human curiosity towards strangers and investigates where curiosity becomes fascination with another’s grief or misfortune from afar.

Split into six sections, the poems range from my experiences of a car accident, my own fascination of others and strangers’ impressions of me.

It is an expression of anger from those who least want to be stared at and be put on display.


I have never been a big fan of poetry. But when Isabelle Kenyon approached me to review her poetry collection I decided to give it a try, and it was very good.

The poems are powerful and moving. They are divided into sections such as Homeless, The Care Home, and Hospital Rooms. They are all subjects that we can relate to, but are difficult to discuss.

A couple of poems really stood out to me. “Raised by the Internet” is about what people post on social media. The things that people post make us think we should behave the same way. The final line was the powerful: “Internet trends do not correspond to real friends.”

“Family member in fur” is another poem that was important to me. It’s about losing a pet. I have experienced that before, and I will again one day. It’s never easy to lose a pet because it’s like losing a child. But the poem described it well.

I really enjoyed this poetry collection and I recommend it to poetry fans and newcomers alike!