The No You Never Listened To

The No You Never Listened To Review

“It’s a strange thing when the highest praise you can offer for someone’s work is, “I wish this didn’t exist,” but that was the refrain that echoed in my head after I read Meggie Royer’s third book.

As fans of her work know, Meggie takes the universal and makes it personal. With The No You Never Listened To, she takes the personal and makes it universal. As a sexual assault survivor, Meggie is well-acquainted with trauma: the aftermath, the guilt, the anger. She has never shied away from taking Hemingway’s advice – write hard and clear about what hurts – and that strength has never been more of an asset than with this body of work.

The No You Never Listened To is the book you will wish you’d had when trauma climbed into your bed. It is the book you will give to friends who are dragged from their “before” into a dark and terrifying “after”. And yes, it is the book you will wish didn’t exist.

But it is also the one that will remind you, in your darkest moments, where the blame really belongs. It will remind you that your memory will not always be an enemy. And it will remind you that none of us have ever been alone in this.”

– Claire Biggs
To Write Love on Her Arms Editor / Writer

Title:The No You Never Listened To
Edition Language:English

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    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Amanda

    Beautifully written poems about the aftermath of rape. A perfect blend of brutality with beauty, these poems span the recovery period, from aftermath to forgiveness. I couldn't tell you which poems we...

  • Ashley Owens

    5/5 stars.I honestly doubt I will be able to come up with the right words to convey how much this book meant to me. I want more people to read it. If you are one of those people who was astounded by ...

  • Liz Janet

    This book was read for the #readwomen month.Do you like milk and honey by Rupi Kaur? Then this book is definitely for you. This is a book we wish existed and didn't at the same time, because of how tr...

  • Tim

    I did not give a rating, because I found it hard to rate a book that is not really about the poetry itself - it's about more than that. It's about personal experience, and about helping others process...

  • Acacia Ives

    Honest bold and above all else beautiful. This collection takes you through one woman's life after a rape. You must understand as someone who has been through this it was hard to handle I cried severa...

  • Emma

    This was a difficult read, but an important one. The first I ever heard of Meggie Royer was reading her review of Kristina Haynes' 'Chloe', where she said that it was 'an anthem to reassure girls to t...

  • Basma  Amin

    Heavy....

  • Catherine M

    "No one ever teaches you how to fall out of love with your rapist." This book is precious. Normally I read a collection of poetry in one sitting, or a few days, but this was too heavy to read quickl...

  • Ashley MacNichol

    I am not going to be able to write a real review for this. I just can't put my feelings of this book into words. This book is stunning and painful and gorgeous and ugly and real. And I recommend this ...

  • Weasel Weasel

    Meggie Royer is back with another astounding collection of poetry. The No You Never Listened To was recently released through Words Dance Publishing, and it is her best work yet. Royer has a way of re...