Book Review. Light Perception by Beth O’ Brien.

A New Use for Words

I used to hide inside them, 
use them as a way to feel ‘normal’
and safe, 
like a long sleeved jumper 
or a familiar place
but now I write them, 
turn them into new phrases
I wish I’d read somewhere
when I was a child
where the only blind people 
aren’t old wise men
or giant terrifying spiders.

Light Perception by Beth O’Brien (Wild Pressed Books) is a chapbook of poetry on disability, having a visual impairment and the perceptions, and treatment they receive from other people and the need to pretend, or to fade into the background, and the vulnerability in kindness, and accepting help.

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