Moon Theory by Robert M. Drake

As someone who own’s and read(s) all of Drake’s books, I have to say that this is a beautiful collection. Now by all means, this is not my favorite Drake book. It’s not his best, but by no means does that make it a bad book either. I love the fact that he had longer pieces throughout the book.

This collection isn’t quite what I was expecting. The more I weaved my way through the pages, the more I thought he was not only considering his life, but the coming years his daughter will have. And that melted my heart.

I’ve always enjoyed Drake’s words. This book is another great add to his poetry collection, and I will likely pick it up again soon.

Rating:  4 stars!

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36421958This is something about self-love—something they don’t teach in school. Something that’s very hard to learn on your own. This is something about putting yourself first because it’s okay to love yourself before anyone else. This is something about doing what’s best for you, no matter what people say, because only you know what you deserve. This is something about being real, being real to who you are and accepting things as they come and change. This is something about your mistakes, about your flaws, and about how beautiful it is to get up and try again. This is something about being you, about using your voice when you’re afraid. About building enough courage when you feel like standing up to something you don’t believe in, something that’s wrong. This is about you, and every day should be about you, and that’s something you should always consider.

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

There was a lot in this that I liked. There was also a good amount that I didn’t. Overall, I am a little disappointed. There were a few poems, however, that jumped off the page and nestled into my heart. One in particular that reached in and felt like it was written by me – my current and exact feels. I shared that piece below.

The short pieces really bothered me. The one-liners. The few words. I’m never a fan of those short blurbs that ANYONE COULD SAY. But I was thrilled to see some longer pieces in this book, which Milk and Honey did not have.

There was also a section on immigration. Which I could understand, but for some reason (maybe the organization?) it felt out of place. I know it was the section called rooting, so from that standpoint, I can understand discussing her personal roots, but at the same time, it just didn’t feel like it fit or blended with the rest of the book. But maybe that’s just me.

Overall, this book was okay. It’s not a favorite. I probably won’t pick it up again to read. But it’s good for an afternoon read at a coffee shop.

Favorite poem:

i hardened under the last loss. it took something
human out of me. i used to be so deeply emotional i’d
crumble on demand. but now the water has made its
exit. of course i care about the ones around me. i’m just
struggling to show it. a wall is getting in the way. i used
to dream of being so strong nothing could shake me.
now. i am. so strong. that nothing shakes me.
and all i dream is to soften.

-numbness

Rating: 3 stars

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35606560From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself.

Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.

this is the recipe of life
said my mother
as she held me in her arms as i wept
think of those flowers you plant
in the garden each year
they will teach you
that people too
must wilt
fall
root
rise
in order to bloom

The Chaos of Longing by K.Y. Robinson

I hoped to like this even a little, but I didn’t. The writing style isn’t my cup of tea. The stuff she writes about doesn’t resonate with me. None of it.

The content of the book is depressing, highly sexual, and vulgar. Not my cup of tea for poetry.

Rating: 1 star

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30325231The Chaos of Longing is a prose and poetry collection draped in raw honesty, ache, and eroticism. The collection explores trauma, love, heartbreak, and the realizations from it all.

The book is divided into four sections. “Inception” briefly examines formative years and its effects on how one loves. “Longing” reflects on love and sexuality. “Chaos” explores toxic relationships, unrequited love, and heartache. After chaos, there is order with self-love and healing poems in “epiphany”.

Some content may be triggering.

In My Head by JM Storm

If you currently follow JM Storm on Instagram and truly enjoy reading his posts, you will love this collection. He speaks of help and healing, of moving on and letting go, of falling in love and loving yourself. While his prose is short, it’s also tender.

if you’re going to kiss her,
then pull her close and mean it.
kiss her as the moon does the sea.
weightless and yet the deepest
parts of her are moved.

JM Storm typically writes pieces around this length, so if you order this book and don’t realize what you’re getting when you order, don’t blame the writer. I personally enjoy longer pieces, but this was still a beautiful book of prose that was both comforting and uplifting.

This book contains JM Storm’s heart that just ebbs off his words like little butterflies. A soft and gentle caress.

maybe that’s all we need.
to know that someone
thinks we’re worth the
bad times. to know we’re
set apart from the others.
to feel a hand reaching
for us in the dark.

While this isn’t one of my favorite collections, it’s still a beautifully short and sweet read.

Rating: 4 stars

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35254618“Sometimes I wonder if there are others like me. Who feel everything and everything has feeling.”

In My Head, the debut release of one of Instagram’s most popular poets whose writing has been liked by millions, dives below the surface of love, loss, and life.

J.M. Storm has crafted a haunting yet hopeful poetry collection that is meant to be felt as much as it is read.

Wildly into the Dark by Tyler Knott Gregson

This book is filled with beautiful and peaceful prose. I simply adored all of these pieces. Tyler Knott’s books have yet to disappoint me even a little. There are so many pieces in here that caused me to stop and ponder. They settled inside me and made a home. They brought a calming to my stressful days.

If I do not follow you
out of this zone of comfort
I’ve lived safely inside,
Push me, pull me, or
throw me from that
circle. If my wander loses
its lust, if the soles of my feet
begin to rust, if I forget
the way to adventure,
force it upon me until I
remember; demand a life
five thousand shades
from ordinary.

It is incredibly hard to write reviews for poetry books. They are very personal to the author, and the words either resonate or they do not. But Tyler Knott has a unique ability to bring you in and consume you with the stunning thoughts of his soul. If you’ve read and enjoyed his other books, you’ll want to be sure to add this one to the collection.

Rating: 5 stars!

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34427870The most intimate and eclectic poetry collection yet from bestselling author and online sensation Tyler Knott Gregson

With loyal fans around the world and across the internet, Tyler Knott Gregson is reinventing poetry for a new generation, using Instagram and Tumblr to reach readers where they are.

Tyler’s third collection includes more of his popular Typewriter Series poems (featured in his first book, Chasers of the Light) as well as never-before-published scenes that paint the world as only Tyler sees and experiences it. Filled with vivid photographs and even more vivid emotions, Wildly Into the Dark is a must-have for longtime fans as well as newcomers to Tyler’s unique brand of passionate, intimate, and playful words and images.