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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Paper Heart is a collection of emotive poetry penned by Jennifer LeBlanc. Written in the most raw sense, the poems are largely only suitable for adult readers due to some graphic content, and the work spans a variety of emotions in the author’s life. Covering the full spectrum from hopeful moments of joy down to darker, more painful experiences, the volume contains more than eighty poems for its readers to consider. Most, like its title poem Paper Heart, are short considerations which capture a single moment; in this case an appreciation of beauty and fragility. Others, such as Be You, follow the acrostic method where each line begins with a letter from the title.
Poet Jennifer LeBlanc has a frank style in her free verse collection which is easy to read and absorb, making it ideal as a poetry volume of emotional outburst and exploration. One poem in particular which really spoke to me was Beautiful Boy, a consideration of regret and love that wasn’t meant to last, which used the bare minimum of words to create some really beautiful images of fragility and the healing, but also potentially destructive, power of love. LeBlanc gives a deceptively simple format a deeper level of excellence once her words hit you, and the book is beautifully formatted to complement the experience. Overall, Paper Heart will make a lot of sense to anyone who lives with their heart on their sleeve, and those in emotional distress are sure to find comfort and solidarity in Jennifer LeBlanc’s work.