Heavy Mental is a eulogy of a life not yet fully lived, and it stands as a testament to life thus far through the pen of Austin, a writer of acute truth. You will not be able to handle some of it. It will sting. It will burn. It may even cause you to exclaim out loud. But stay with it. Follow her trail. Be loyal to her because she has literally pulled out her guts and heart and laid them carefully on white linen to bleed across these pages. If you cannot respect that, then do not read poetry like this; for this kind of poetry? This is what poetry was invented for. It is the poetry of the soul, lain bare and pulsing beneath our useless resuscitation. For nothing can keep it alive, except its own damn torment and will to endure.
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