I received a copy of Courtney LeBlanc’s All in the Family for review purposes. As always, this review reflects only my honest thoughts on the book.
All in the Family
by Courtney LeBlanc
Publication Date: September 24, 2019
Courtney LeBlanc’s second chapbook, All in the Family, is a collection of poems that delves into the nuances of relationships within families: good, bad, and truly ugly.
Since I first got my hands on a copy of All in the Family until this moment, as I’m writing this review, I’ve read it four times. Frankly, this chapbook is just that good.
When I first joined the Twitter literary scene, so to speak, Courtney LeBlanc was one of the first writers whose work stood out to me, and she’s stayed a favourite ever since. So, when Bottlecap Press gave me the chance to review her second chapbook, All in the Family, I was so excited to dive more deeply into her beautiful poetry!
All in the Family is a portrait of just that–family. Moments between family members aren’t always tender and beautiful; that’s what makes these poems so incredibly powerful. Courtney’s poems consider Mother, Father, Sister, and Daughter in all their imperfection. These connections are intimate, the relationships ultimately personal, and yet the reader is pulled into this family’s midst. They, too, can feel these family ties–binding and, at times, suffocating–and inevitably think of those of their own.
These poems consider love, loss, and moments of frustration, key elements to any family tree. I have no doubt I’ll be returning to All in the Family yet again, and I couldn’t be more proud to call Courtney LeBlanc my pressmate!
About the Author
Courtney LeBlanc is the author of the full length poetry collection, Beautiful & Full of Monsters (forthcoming from Vegetarian Alcoholic Press), chapbooks Siamese Sisters, All in the Family (Bottlecap Press), and The Violence Within (Flutter Press). She has her MBA from University of Baltimore and her MFA from Queens University of Charlotte. She loves nail polish, wine, and tattoos.