Book Review. Let Them Eat Chaos by Kae Tempest.

it’s 4:18 am 
at this very moment, on this very street, 
seven different people in seven different flats 
are wide awake 
                                      can’t sleep

I thought Let Them Eat Chaos, first published in 2016, contains poetry that is still relevant today. Written as a long form poem, I thought that the poetry illuminated the threads that we have between us all as humans and the links that we share with one another, through despair and feeling lost and poverty. The narrative follows different characters. I could imagine the very ordinary, and every day, setting of people’s homes that are described in this poetry and outside of those homes are the cold streets, the stillness and hush of the darkness, whilst weaving in commentary on our culture and society. The rhymes are great. I loved the presentation of the words on the pages, the way they moved. Let Them Eat Chaos is a collection of poetry that I would have loved to have when I was 18.

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