Poetry

Wild Embers by Nikita Gill

So this is a hard review to write. Because I love poetry, I love a lot of Nikita’s work. However, this book just didn’t bring the feels.

Some pieces I truly enjoyed. Others I didn’t care for at all. Some I just thought, okayyy…

Overall, I think I like her previous work better. A lot of this didn’t feel like poetry. A lot of new-age poetry doesn’t feel like true poetry to me, honestly. Maybe that’s why I have been struggling as of late to find an actual poetry book I thoroughly enjoy.

Nothing feels true and genuine. Everything reads the same. Everything leaves me with nothing. And the point of poetry is to make you feel so full and overwhelmed that someone understands, someone listens, someone has been through this, too, and good GOD, they get it. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any strong feels from this book.

While it’s well done and beautiful, it’s not a page turner.

Rating: 2.5 stars

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34253376They have lightning in their souls, thunder in their hearts, chaos in their bones.

Nikita Gill’s poetry has captured hearts and minds all over the world; her inspirational words have been shared hundreds of thousands of times online, been plastered across placards on international women’s marches and even transformed into tattoos. This collection will showcase mostly unseen poetry and prose, delving into ideas about passion, identity, empowerment and femininity.

Poetry

Exits, Desires, & Slow Fires by J.R. Rogue

LET ME JUST SAY THIS NOW because I have to say something. Because I want you to wonder something. I want you to wonder if you’d be better off with me than her, even if it’s just a fleeting thought, a blink of an eye.

Jen has always, in my opinion, had a titillating way of wording things. She still does. She came out of the gate running, and her words connect with you in a way that causes you to pause, consider, and open yourself up.

Yes, I have been here. Or, yes, I understand this feeling.

There were so many snippets and pieces of her prose that I highlighted because she would say what I’m thinking or feeling or have been through. She understands, and she’s realistic and raw about it.

I should’ve told you about the flood.
How he was water & I could never escape.
How I never tried to escape.
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I’m really torn with how to rate this. There were some pieces that I loved and reread. Then there were others that I just could not get into – this may just be me though since I’ve been in a poetry funk. But with all my highlights and how this is another short collection, I think it’s obvious. Add into it that her writing style is strong and completely her own. You read a JRR poem, and you know it’s her.

Let’s just admit that maybe we need each other & that maybe just friends isn’t always such a bad place to land.

Rating: 4 stars

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36276527It’s going to hit you below the belt.
You’re going to reach for the 
closest stand-in lover you can 
find
& you’re going to make 
a home in their body
& 
you’re going to pretend your 
childhood memories are hung 
in his chest
& you skinned your knee 
tripping over the curve of his arm
& you have always been here.

Poetry

Black Book of Poems by Vincent K Hunanyan

This book is much darker than what I typically find nowadays with “modern poetry books”. And I like it. This book fits a little more closely with classic poetry, as with the style and continuous rhyming. It was refreshing, and a fun, quick read.

Vincent is someone I had never heard of, but the book caught my eye on Amazon one day. Not because it looks anything fancy or had all 5 star ratings. It didn’t. There was just something there, and I knew it was what I have needed.

Lately, “modern poetry” reads all the same. Everyone copying everyone else for a slice of “fame”. But this was nothing like those. This has an ere of the classic that I truly loved. While the content isn’t anything that pulled me in deep and left me hungry for more, it was still a good read and something I enjoyed for an evening.

Rating: 3.5 stars!

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35218279Black Book of Poems is the debut title of the Armenian-born writer, Vincent Hunanyan, and is a collection of poems dealing with loss, love, pain, happiness, depression and abandonment.

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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.

Poetry

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