Underworld

Underworld Review

In their second full-length poetry collection, Melissa Jennings illuminates what lies beneath the skin and the things that we carry with us in our daily lives. Underworld explores mental illness, identity, and the unspoken.

Praise for Underworld:

"Melissa Jennings drags us into an ‘underworld’ darker than Dante’s circles of hell, one that is present in real day to day life. There is clever and thought-provoking poetry here, woven from suffering, bravely put together to form a haunting and powerful read."
- M. F. Yasmin, author of 'A Wolf in Mask'

"Melissa's poetry takes you on a journey. The poems are full of strong imagery and emotion. It's heartbreaking. You are able to understand what anxiety is. You are able to feel and visualize with the author. There are glimpses of hope and love."
- Fida Islaih, author of 'Wilting Mind'

"I felt every emotion possible while reading Underworld. There is power, strength, and growth in every line. Jennings' passion for words is captivating and their talent for various styles of poetry shines through the darkness. This is Melissa Jennings' best collection yet."
- Shelby Leigh, author of 'It Starts Like This

Content Warnings: anxiety, blood, death, depression, difficult parental relationships, dissociation, injury detail, panic attacks, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, trauma flashbacks, occasional strong language, occasional reference to misgendering and transphobia, occasional poem about misotheism.

Please see appendix for detailed page number content warnings.
Also, there is a list of organisations, charities, and helplines which provide mental health support. Please practice self-care while reading this collection.

Title:Underworld
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Shirley Cuypers

    Original review This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Melissa Jennings! but what I did learn is that you never know who people really are.I never wanted to f...

  • Helen

    I dare you to rip the sunlight out of my skin. you will see what the darkness does to the light.I received a free PDF copy of this book in exchange for an honest review – thank you so much to Meliss...

  • Fida Islaih

    Melissa's poetry takes you on a journey. The poems are full of strong imagery and emotion. It's heartbreaking. You are able to understand what anxiety is. You are able to feel and visualize with the a...

  • Kirsty Wilkinson

    As in previous works, Jennings' use of metaphor and simile create vivid images that envelop the reader into their world. That this particular one is a journey through Dante-esque circles of hell as a ...

  • Shelby Leigh

    I felt every emotion possible while reading Underworld. There is power, strength, and growth in every line. Jennings' passion for words is captivating and their talent for various styles of poetry shi...

  • Melissa Jennings

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