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Magic with Skin On

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  218 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
In her much-anticipated debut poetry collection, Morgan Nikola-Wren has woven her signature romantic grit through a stunning, modern-day fairy tale. Chronicling the relationship between a lonely artist and her absent--albeit abusive--muse, Magic with Skin On will gently break you, then put you back together again.
Paperback, First, 144 pages
Published February 2017 by Luminarium Press
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Morgan Nikola-Wren
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I liked it very much, so I wrote it down, and now, it's a book.
This was the 10th poetry collection I've read this year and I can definitely say that this one is totally unique and brilliant. Huge thanks to Ms. Morgan for sending me a copy.

The book is divided into seven Acts which starts with short stories followed by poetry/prose. I really loved this concept and how the author uses metaphors effectively. The book tells us a heart-wrenching story of a woman and her unconditional love to a man. She starts writing her story and later on realizes her worth and
Gretchen Gomez
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
i needed this poetry book
Every act starts with a short prose text which helps to understand the theme as well creates atmosphere for the poems which follows. Some poems I didn‘t get but there were a few which I really liked. I don‘t have much experience with poetry but I think Magic with Skin On is a good way to start.
Luna Margo Valentine
Literal Magic

This book held so much magic and pain and promise within every single page. My heart is full as is my soul
Favorite quotes:
planted centuries
in my soul.

do not
call her fragile
simply because she
is in pieces

you'll never
know what it took
to break her

the terrible truth
is anything
can look like love if
you've got enough lonely
in your eyes

i'm an entire
bestiary trapped in
a body
Amanda Linsmeier
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
The cover drew me in first. How could it not? Once I opened the book I was quickly drawn in to the words Morgan Nikola-Wren created. Not just the words, but the world. As a reader, I loved it. As a writer (and poet) I was humbled. The word choices throughout are strong, beautiful, gut-punching. There’s strong imagery and metaphors in some, but it’s really the way the words are put together that create such beauty.
The poems are told in in Acts (7, to be exact), and there’s prose in between, so t
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Do you ever have have these feelings that are so hard to put into words? Feelings that manifest themselves that you want to put a name to, want to describe, but don't know how? Morgan Nikola-Wren has mastered this nearly impossible task. Following the 7 acts of her story, we see the journey one takes from heartbreak to healing and all of the steps in between. Bringing together poetry and prose, Morgan Nikola-Wren expertly weaves the story of what it's likes to be broken, and how we stitch oursel ...more
cheyenne raine
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
unraveling and piecing together.

this book. THIS BOOK. i can't begin to tell you how many times it hit my heart. with a bat. ow. but, i needed it. it was that extra push to letting go. and i can't tell you how many times it held me together. i had to stop reading for a bit, because i realized how out of tune i was with my heart. i am so used to leaving my heart as the last priority on my list. this book held me and watched me fall apart and said: it's okay. love is not the only magic. magic is yo
Maggie • Library of Colors
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was my first ever time to read poetry like this, and it was incredible. It was such a whirlwind quick read, but it was magical. I feel empowered, independent, and strong in who I am. I feel like I can conquer any pain the world throws at me. I loved this, and I'm so thankful Morgan Nikola-Wren sent this to me.
This is still showing as a kindle freebie. I suggest you pick it up. The poems are dark, but dark in terms of trying to find onesself. The brillance isn't so much the fairy tale themes, but the comments on relationships -to others and to self.
Rachel Nicole Wagner
5/5 Stars!!!! I don't even know where to begin with this one. I absolutely LOVE this creative book of poetry. I love the way it's divided up into chap-book-like sections. Most of all, I love the poetry within it. I'm just. Wow. This touched me.
I'm pretty speechless.

McKayla Debonis
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This collection has soul, it has character that is powerfully wrapped for the reader to explore.
I am living for this book & I will always return to it need be!
Jessica Marie
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
5/5 stars

"She writes as though every thousand poems can join hands in a collective chain, reach their way back into her should have dones, and pass one of them back to her."

My good friend Jen insisted that I read this, and since I trust her recommendations, I decided to give it a go, ESPECIALLY since it was featured on Kindle Unlimited. (I will never not regret buying it every month, what a great program!)

So, this book is an absolute work of art. It goes through (I’m assuming) the author’s exp
Tracey Rosenlicht
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry-books
II .
perhaps you felt cheated
because i turned out
to be ten times the
woman you bargained for
i'm worth my salt
and it tastes like
stories you've never
dreamed of

If I had to pick this would be the creme de la creme of all poetry books I have stumbled upon thus far in 2018. Nikola-Wren is a brilliant and illuminating poet who performs magic with words (skin on). My only criticism is that there wasn't enough magical poems to satiate me. Also I wish that there was more development articulated in the ope
Gwen Mitchell
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry

I love how these poems were built into a thematic story. It feels like it could be any and every woman’s story. And every artist’s story. Beautifully done!
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very beautiful and raw! And the cover... gorgeous.
Cherry (_forevermint)
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this. I have so many favorite poems from this collection <3 Will definitely be rereading this again in the future ^^ thank you to the author for sending me a free copy of her book!!

One of my faves:


there's a sea of unsaid
roaring through me;
shy as white lace waves on a shore,
but strong and stubborn enough
to carry ships on my back
Eunice Moral
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Review to follow.
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, poetry
4.5 ⭐
I loved this book so much, just the end (act 6&7) wasn't as good as the rest.
Colleen Samura
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I keep coming back to this collection. What I love about it is how unique the sequencing is with short stories playing out in continuity between chapters of powerful poetry. It's a wonderful collection from a new contemporary poetess and well worth the read. Nikola-Wren's poems solicit strong emotional reactions with even the simplest of words. Her ability to speak to the soul of a person with honesty and integrity is remarkable and inspiring; causing repressed feelings come to light and giving ...more
Crystel Allain
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved every act

Every act in this book I enjoyed. I couldn't put it down. As I was reading some of these poems I felt as though she had crawled in my mind and was speaking for me.
Megan Beam
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Jesus God. I feel like Emily Bronte has returned to us after enduring the agony of love and loss and brought poetic redemption with her. I'll eat every word. Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so glad I read this book

Morgan has written the most beautiful creation. With creativity and care, she crafts word combinations which speak of fragility and wild nature. The book is a story and maybe one of the only poetry books that I have been able to engage with as a proper story - and without giving any real details of the man who breaks her heart, I felt like I knew him (or at least the type). I wanted the woman in the poems to find her strength, to show the man she is 'magic with skin
Gaia Grazi
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-books, my-books
"do not
call her fragile
simply because she
is in pieces

you'll never
know what it took
to break her"

This book. Oh, this book!
Prose and verse are so beautifully written in an harmonic composition. The passage between prose and poetry is so natural and effortles, it's simply a pleasure to resd it.
Morgan Nikola-Wren has such a way with words... there is no better word than "magical" to describe them.
Reading this book made me feel so much, and so strongly! And in the end it was such a cathartic experien
Terrence  Whitter
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book took me little time to read but for that short time there was not short cut taken on creativity.

'do not
call her fragile
simply because she
is in pieces

you'll never
know what it took
to break her' - IX taken from Act Three

The poems are conveyed with intellectual cleverness with use of metaphors and descriptive writing. And I felt that I was slowly being weaved into the scene.
I have little experience with poetry but came to question some of the paragraph formats, but overall I really enjoyed
Hira Chaudhary
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was honestly such a magical, beautiful collection of poetry. I loved how each Act started with a prose story that influenced the poems that came after it. I loved getting to go on that heartbreaking and then -warming journey with Morgan Nikola-Wren. I loved the beauty and magic of the poems. I loved everything about this gorgeous, wonderful, stunning, amazing, MAGICAL collection of poetry
Aude Odeh
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweetness with a bitter sting

This collection of poetry is probs in my top 5 over the last couple of years. I really love the narrative intros to each chapter to set up each section.

The poems were beautiful and sincere and unique.

Worth the read.
Jamie McLachlan
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Magic With Skin On is a poetry collection by Morgan Nikola-Wren. Let me start off by saying how much I love the title. But for the purpose of this review, I rename the collection Magic On Paper. Because that's exactly what it was. Magic. My friend and fellow author, Amanda Linsmeier, recommended the book to me, and, compelled by her recommendation, the amazing title, and the intriguing cover, I decided to pick up a copy. I expected your usual poetry collection, but instead found something unique ...more
Caitie (Find Me In Fairytales)
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
“The terrible truth
is anything
can look like love if
you’ve got enough lonely
in your eyes.”

Before I get my review for this book underway, I would like to start by giving a HUGE thank you to the author, Morgan Nikola-Wren, for reaching out to me on Instagram and asking if I would be interested in reviewing her book! She is the first author to reach out to me asking to review a book of poetry! After just seeing the cover (yes yes, I know, I totally judge books by their covers!) and reading the t
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Morgan Nikola-Wren began writing poetry for various literary periodicals in 2013. She is a winner of the Pangaea Worldwide Poetry Slam, 2016, and has published two books of poetry. Her debut book, Magic with Skin On, received a Goodreads Choice nomination for Best Poetry Book of 2017.

Morgan is perpetually searching for new favorite words, more black clothing, and the perfect design for her next ta
“Even now, she cannot stop searching for a way out of her skin and into a life that fits all her fire.” 10 likes
“someone planted centuries in my soul. i get so very sure of this every time i try to stretch so much longing across one lifetime there is nothing that leaves you feeling quite so small as having to shove all this being into your one allotted body VII . trouble is i wear my heart on my words so large it chokes me before any sound can come spilling into this electric air” 0 likes
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