This Is Not a Spectacle by Isabelle Charlotte Kenyon

This Is Not a Spectacle

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. 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...

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This Is Not a Spectacle Reviews

  • Katie
    This morning we are travelling into a poetry collection by Isabelle Kenyon, which is a social commentary on a number of people, and subjects - growing old, poverty, the Internet etc. What I loved were the sentences in the poems, which sometimes almost have the form of prose. Take this sentence for e...
  • Bianca Bowers
    I discovered Isabelle Kenyon's poetry on Twitter, and I'm glad that I did. In her chapbook, 'This is not a Spectacle', Miss Kenyon takes the reader on a poetic journey into the social ills that plague the private and public spaces in modern society. From the street children in Mumbai with "balloon s...
  • Julia Cirignano
    Touch, feel, smell, and experience Isabelle Kenyon’s poetry. Within this collection, Kenyon is observant and confessional. While analyzing other people’s weaknesses and the way they give into societal norms, she also explores her own insecurities, which makes the reader like her. As a read...
  • cheyenne raine
    daily thoughts for poemsi enjoyed this collection for various reasons, however, i feel that there was “something” missing. and, i’m not sure why it felt slightly off, but it has daily thoughts and life moments spun into every page- so it was refreshing to turn the mundane and regular ...
  • Eden Sleepwalker
    In “This Is Not a Spectacle” the poet embarks on a quiet journey, walking amongst human lives, noticing, observing.The lyrical persona is curious and is present; witnessing details about people that mankind is unaware of or just never takes the pain to notice. "When you want to know a stra...
  • Linda Hill
    All of society is laid bare in the poems of This is not a Spectacle.I really enjoyed reading this anthology. I wouldn’t say that the imagery and syntax are polished and refined, but that is the appeal of these poems. Isabelle Kenyon writes with a raw honesty that conveys true emotion and belief...
  • Nicole Field
    This is a review for the original, non-extended version of this collection (which doesn't seem to have its own page for reviews). I've got a shelf for poetry I read, and I can say that this collection was completely unlike any of the other collections on that shelf. The blurb itself speaks to a fasc...
  • Helen
    The imagery in this collection was really strong and unique. Overall, the style was clear and easy to read, with great use of language. I liked the overall concept of exploring society's voyeuristic nature and the way that we ogle at people's misfortune; it's something I think we should all be think...
  • Linda Crate
    I love how Isabelle spoke of many varied topics and made them all fit together despite all their various differences in This Is Not A Spectacle. I found this line from her book really struck at me: "your life is not a circus act". Though, this poem was about the homeless - it really touched and spok...

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