This Is Not a Spectacle by Isabelle Charlotte Kenyon

This Is Not a Spectacle

The extended version of This Is Not a Spectacle explores human curiosity towards strangers and investigates where curiosity becomes fascination with another’s grief or misfortune from afar. The poems range from my experiences of a car accident, my own fascination of others and strangers’ impressions of me. It is an expression of anger from those who least want to be stared at and be put on display.

Details This Is Not a Spectacle

TitleThis Is Not a Spectacle
Release DateNov 17th, 2017
PublisherCreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Reviews This Is Not a Spectacle

  • cheyenne raine
    daily thoughts for poemsi enjoyed this collection for various reasons, however, i feel that there was “something” missing. and, i’m not sure why it felt slightly off, but it has daily thoughts and life moments spun into every page- so it was refreshing to turn the mundane and regular things into poems. very well done!
  • Bianca Bowers
    I discovered Isabelle Kenyon's poetry on Twitter, and I'm glad that I did. In her chapbook, 'This is not a Spectacle', Miss Kenyon takes the reader on a poetic journey into the social ills that plague the private and public spaces in modern society. From the street children in Mumbai with "balloon stomachs", to the slave labour in a sweat shop where a "friendly face" becomes a "dollar sign", to the homeless whose signs and pleas are ignored by th...
  • Julia Cirignano
    Touch, feel, smell, and experience Isabelle Kenyon’s poetry. Within this collection, Kenyon is observant and confessional. While analyzing other people’s weaknesses and the way they give into societal norms, she also explores her own insecurities, which makes the reader like her. As a reader, I was interested in the person she is just as much as I was interested in her poetry. This modern collection of poetry highlights many current trends su...
  • Katie
    This morning we are travelling into a poetry collection by Isabelle Kenyon, which is a social commentary on a number of people, and subjects - growing old, poverty, the Internet etc. What I loved were the sentences in the poems, which sometimes almost have the form of prose. Take this sentence for example, "goldfish gasping, inhaling cloying cotton, breath tightening like a plastic bag around your neck," That amount of description is perfect, and...
  • Ashley Jean
    This collection of poems captivated me from the first section's lines: "when you want to know a stranger..."Kenyon introduces us to a range of people (from young teenagers to the homeless) throughout the collections' six sections. She offers her thoughts as a passenger, a pedestrian, a granddaughter, and herself. With each new section, the reader is introduced to new settings as well. All of these individual elements come together seamlessly to c...
  • A.L.D. Chalom
    As if you could flip a switch and simply step into someone else's world view, Kenyon takes us on a trip exploring duality, parallels and the pull and tug experiences between two worlds when you finally see both versions. I feel as if I'm in a stream of consciousness when I read the words - sometimes scattered, sometimes not complete sentences. This is how my mind speaks to itself. This is hurtful. This is mending.This is stunning! Buy. - A.L.D. C...
  • Jill Jemmett
    I have never been a big fan of poetry. But when Isabelle Kenyon approached me to review her poetry collection I decided to give it a try, and it was very good.The poems are powerful and moving. They are divided into sections such as Homeless, The Care Home, and Hospital Rooms. They are all subjects that we can relate to, but are difficult to discuss.A couple of poems really stood out to me. “Raised by the Internet” is about what people post o...
  • Eden Sleepwalker
    In “This Is Not a Spectacle” the poet embarks on a quiet journey, walking amongst human lives, noticing, observing.The lyrical persona is curious and is present; witnessing details about people that mankind is unaware of or just never takes the pain to notice. "When you want to know a stranger, when you want to feel their pain", are her exact words.But poet Isabelle Kenyon cares, she is not just curious to watch and she displays little storie...
  • The Lexington Bookie
    Overall, I thought that these were well written and relatable, but as someone who doesn't read a lot of poetry, I'm not the best to judge. I liked a few poems more than the others- Cain and Letter to My Younger Self- but most of them I felt didn't leave the lasting impact on me that I look forward to with poetry.
  • Linda Bullock
    Ten out of ten!An absolute wonderful book! I'm so glad to have read it. Section three in particular would have to be my favourite. It was like reading a piece of my own soul reflected in yours. I very much enjoyed it and am glad I read this book. I would recommend it to anyone who's ever lost someone, or felt like they didn't quite fit in.