love, and you by Gretchen Gomez

love, and you
By Gretchen Gomez
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN13: 9781542662956
Pages: 142
Genre: Poetry




one day i met a guy
who stole my heart,
we created a world
for ourselves.
and another day
he broke my heart
and shattered
my soul.

i took the tattered
pieces of this
broken soul and
became anew.

– here lies the hurting, the healing, and the learning


Gretchen is no stranger to those of us who frequent the bookish blogosphere. She has already established a name for herself through her continuously positive interaction, honest reviews and poetic posts. If for some reason you have yet to make her lovely acquaintance, you can remedy that by visiting her here.

There is often a certain amount of hesitancy that I encounter reviewing titles by those I have come to know on a somewhat personal level. As you can imagine, being an honest reviewer, it is can present possible challenges. However, I entered into love, and you with full anticipation and zero concern. I know her work. It is often the highlight of my day and manages to touch on so much of the unspoken for myself and I believe many others. Still I was not prepared for what was revealed between the pages.

love, and you is journey that touches one’s core and dives deep within the heart. It is a glimpse into one woman’s personal life and struggle, but it also mirrors a battle so many of us have fought on our own terms and will come to recognize. With this it delivers a newfound strength and promise.

Each verse segues beautifully into the next, forming a raw and powerful message for anyone who has ever loved and been hurt. While filled with one woman’s mourning and loss, there is also something else of true significance and merit occurring. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, we witness the amazing process of renewal and rebirth. Of forgiveness and self acceptance.

“my worth is not beneath the land you walk on

my worth is more than the time you never spent on me

my worth is more than the depression that fights to hug me”

love, and you is a self proclamation and realization seen through the eyes of a woman who inspires courage. An undisguised, emotional experience that resonates deep within the heart and stands as a steadfast reminder that pain is not the end. That with suffering comes growth. This is a story of healing and learning to live again. This is life presented in powerful and arresting poetic form.

” i unlearned the suffering and untangled myself from the vines of my heart”

love, and you is for anyone who has ever suffered at the hands of another or even their own heart. Open yourself and explore all that love, and you has to offer. This is an impactful and worthy experience for all.

gretchenAbout The Author

Gretchen Gomez is a writer and blogger from Bronx, New York. First generation Puerto Rican. She’s been writing poetry since the age of 11 and although silenced for many years, she cut the ties with silence. “love, and you” is her first published poetry collection and she is working on other collections at the moment. Gretchen makes art out of all her past experiences.

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38 thoughts on “love, and you by Gretchen Gomez

  1. danielle…i’m literally in tears, swear to everything that i am crying like a baby right now. i can’t believe you captured all of this within my book. omg I’m so speechless but thank you for taking out of your time to read and review it. i cherish this review along with debby’s. you ladies rock!! thank you for being my friend, means the world to me xoxo ❤

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    1. You are so welcome ❤ This collection took me back to a time that I did not even realize I was still holding onto. I think I found some of that final release within. Your choice to share such a personal journey is going to benefit so many ❤

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      1. Unfortunately, I don’t.. This is mainly due to school and how interpretation varied sooooo much from a person to another. I have been meaning to jump into some classic work from great poets just to give it another shot with my rekindled love for books. I think my appreciation is going to be VERY different, and MUCH MORE positive now! Definitely looking forward to add more poems in my reading habits! 😛

        – Lashaan

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  2. What a lovely review ❤ It never ceases to amaze me how much enthusiasm and positivity shines through your words. Incidentally, I've just tried my hand at reviewing poetry so I think 'love, and you' is going to be next on my poetry TBR list 🙂 You've captured your love and admiration for this perfectly!

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      1. I faced the same challenge you did. The anthology I reviewed was full of so many beautiful poems, poems that both broke my heart and warmed it. It was a breathtaking read and one that helped me to see a lot of my own personal issues in a whole different light. While I was reviewing it, I couldn’t stop asking myself “How do I convey this level of emotion? How can I show how thoroughly I enjoyed this!?” I think I managed, but like I said, it was a challenge. Oh well, I enjoy challenges! 😛

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  3. Wonderful review Danielle! “my worth is more than the depression that fights to hug me” this line lingered in my mind as well. There is so much to relate to within her words, I also found myself transported to a not so great time. Reflection in the best of ways 😉

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