Depression & Other Magic Tricks
Depression & Other Magic Tricks is the debut book by Sabrina Benaim, one of the most-viewed performance poets of all time, whose poem "Explaining My Depression to My Mother" has become a cultural phenomenon with over 5,000,000 views. Depression & Other Magic Tricks explores themes of mental health, love, and family. It is a documentation of struggle and triumph, a celebration of daily life and of living. Benaim's wit, empathy, and gift for language produce a work of endless wonder.

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  • Natalie
    Dec 31, 1969


    Waking up to the news that Sabrina Benaim had released a poetry collection genuinely put a smile on my face this morning.Depression & Other Magic Tricks is the debut book by Sabrina Benaim, one of the most-viewed performance poets of all time, whose poem "Explaining My Depression t...

  • Jennifer
    Dec 31, 1969


    Sometimes I need beautiful, empathizing words to help me process my mood when life goes a bit haywire. Poetry collection: Depression & Other Magic Tricks was glowing on my computer screen looking for reviewers so I took it as a sign that it was meant to be. As is typical with any a...

  • Bree Hill
    Dec 31, 1969

    Bree Hill

    As someone who has never lived with depression, this is one of the best glimpses into it I have ever experienced. Wow..reading this I felt like I was riding through Kentucky back roads with Sabrina and she gave me the ins and outs of her journey with depression and by the end of the ri...

  • Brandon Forsyth
    Dec 31, 1969

    Brandon Forsyth

    You might know Sabrina Benaim from her reading of "explaining my depression to my mother: a conversation", a video of which went viral this past spring. That poem is haunting, read with such passion that you can't help but be affected by it. The words are beautiful, honest and raw, but...

  • Schizanthus
    Dec 31, 1969


    poetry and i usually don't mix / we repel like opposing ions / my synapses don't fire / when sparked by verse / however / a flame was lit at the start / kindled by depression and anxiety / yet heartbreak's oxygen did not fan the flames / satisfied yet / desiring more like / explaining ...

  • Diana
    Dec 31, 1969


    While I loved her on button poetry with her poem "Explaining depression to my mother" I have to say that this book didn't work for me. I was very excited when I saw that she was publishing a book, and was expecting it to arrive. Then I learned it was, obviously, a poem book rather than...

  • Tash
    Dec 31, 1969


    I pre-ordered this book just after seeing the video of Sabrina reading 'Explaining My Depression to my Mother- a Conversation'. The poem itself seemed so accurate and gave me a way to explain what I go through on a daily basis to those who don't quite understand.Once my book arrived I ...

  • Bryan
    Dec 31, 1969


    Exactly what I needed, exactly when I needed it. How is it that a book about so much sadness is able to bring me so much joy and comfort?This is a collection I will quote and return to an endless number of times.Thank you Sabrina. ...

  • Amanda  Mehaffey
    Dec 31, 1969

    Amanda Mehaffey

    This book is not yet published so I don't know how people are already rating it. I really just wanted to sneak in and ask where you got your copies and state that this author is fabulous. I can't wait to read this! ...

  • Hannah
    Dec 31, 1969


    (I received a free copy from Net Gallery in exchange for an honest review.)I always love very personal poetry collections because even in the moments I myself don't find the story of sorts being told relatable, it's still an interesting look into someone's life. There were a few places...