intricacies are just cracks in the wall by Sarah Margaret Henry is a collection of writing that tells the story of Cassidy, a young woman, who moves out of her family home and starts a new job in a new state. The story is straight forward with the ups and downs that can be expected in starting a new life for the first time –New city, new people, new relationships, and a world that can seem uncaring.
The early writing left me wondering if this would be another in the current trend of clipped platitudes and trite phrases masquerading as poetry by Instagram sensations. But, the writing evolves. It expands and contracts in step with Cassidy’s experience as do her plants. Emotional bullet points can suddenly explode into sonnets when least expected fully restoring my faith in the writing.
Although I (middle-aged male) am far from the target audience and probably do not appreciate fully the struggles of Cassidy and her new life, I can appreciate writing and the style used by Henry. I do prefer more structured and formal poetry, but intricacies are just cracks in the wall will appeal to younger readers in their twenties or for fans of the current trend of poetry.