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.

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

Poetry

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.

Poetry

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.