Depression & Other Magic Tricks
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 5,000,000 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 Details

TitleDepression & Other Magic Tricks
Author
FormatPaperback
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 8th, 2017
PublisherButton Poetry
ISBN1943735204
ISBN-139781943735204
Number of pages112 pages
Rating
GenrePoetry, Nonfiction, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Health

Depression & Other Magic Tricks Review

  • Brandon Forsyth
    July 15, 2017
    You might know Sabrina Benaim from her reading of "explaining my depression to my mother: a conversation", a video of which went viral this past spring. That poem is haunting, read with such passion that you can't help but be affected by it. The words are beautiful, honest and raw, but the reading is ground-shattering, tearful and anxious, on the verge of a collapse that brings out your best, empathetic self. Benaim's spoken word expertise adds an element that I feared I would miss in reading he You might know Sabrina Benaim from her reading of "explaining my depression to my mother: a conversation", a video of which went viral this past spring. That poem is haunting, read with such passion that you can't help but be affected by it. The words are beautiful, honest and raw, but the reading is ground-shattering, tearful and anxious, on the verge of a collapse that brings out your best, empathetic self. Benaim's spoken word expertise adds an element that I feared I would miss in reading her words.Nope. I mean, yes, I'll pay good money to hear her read other poems, but holy smokes, the written poems are just as strong and powerful, in a wonderfully different way. Beanim's use of space and punctuation are just as masterful as her control over her voice, and even reading "explaining depression" adds another element that the spoken piece doesn't quite have. I loved these poems, I savoured them and devoured them in equal measure. Benaim's exploration of depression and anxiety and heartbreak are needed right now, and as a bookseller, I can't wait to share this book with as many people as I can. You have to check this out when it releases in August.
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  • Amanda Mehaffey
    July 1, 2017
    This book is not yet published so I don't know how people are already rating it. I really just wanted to sneak in and ask where you got your copies and state that this author is fabulous. I can't wait to read this!
  • Chelsey
    July 13, 2017
    This is actually the very first poetry book I've ever read it is entirety! Though I must admit, I prefer hearing poetry read aloud, this was a really neat reading experience. Benaim is talented (those metaphors, girl!) and I think my younger self would have felt solace in her words. I hope many others do too!
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