Take Me to The Edge by Katya Boirand

Welcome to Halfman, Halfbook for my stop on the Blog Tour for Take Me to The Edge by Katya Boirand and published by Unbound.


About the Book

Five words is all it takes to provoke a chain of creation. That is what Katya Boirand discovered the first time she asked a friend for five words and then turned them into a poem, using the words and the subject as her inspiration. This spark started a movement, and soon Katya was asking friends and strangers alike for their five words of choice. Take Me to the Edge is a selection of these poems, sitting alongside a portrait of each subject, in this stunning and joyous celebration of language, connection and art. 


About the Author

Katya Boirand is an actress, dancer, writer and poet. She has travelled the world but now has roots in London. Take Me to the Edge is her first poetry collection.


My Review

This year I have been reading more poetry and aiming to read at least one book a month. Most of the poetry books that I have read this year have been slim paperback volumes, muted colours on the covers and feel like they are serious. This book, however, is very different.

The entire book is not something that you’d expect. To start with, the cover is not what you’d normally find on a poetry book, with a photo of a partially clad lady doing a handstand. The poems within though are very different too. Each poem has as its source, five words that have been provided by someone. Boirand then uses these to create a poem inspired by the words and the person who provided them.


Lavender mist rolls

Ardently through

Ethereal scapes


Boirand wrote the poems very quickly and they vary in length from a few lines to a fuller length. Sometimes the writing is sparse and transient and at other time it is deeply embedded with meaning. Each of the poems is accompanied by a quirky portrait of the source of the words taken by the photographer, Eli Sverlander. They are as eclectic as the subjects and turn this book from a regular poetry book into something quite special and greater than the sum of its parts. At the back of the book is a brief biography of the people provided the words and what their five words are. It is worth reading the words from the people and then re-reading the poems for further insight on how they were created.


Don’t forget to visit the other blogs on the blog tour and see what they thought about the book.


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My thanks to Unbound for the copy of the book to read. This was a Blog Tour arranged by Anne Cater of Random things through my letterbox

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  1. Anne Cater

    Thanks so much for the blog tour support Paul x

    • admin

      No problem at all, Anne

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