Today’s mini review post is one that only contains poetry collections. Recently I caught myself reading more and more poetry – that’s something I used to only once in a while (though I’ve always enjoyed poems), but lately it has been kind of a new relaxation form for me. I don’t know if this will become a tradition or not, but right now I’m here to show you three books of poetry: all three have been just released: March 5th, 2019!
‘There Are Girls Like Lions’ by Karolin Schnoor (Illustrator), Cole Swensen (Foreword)
I have to admit that I don’t really have much to say about this collection of poetry. I thought I was going to love it (actually, I thought this was going to be the one I would love the most of these three here), but it somehow couldn’t reach me. There were good and less good poems in it, none of them really bad, honestly – but there were none that left a lingering impression or thoughts to think about later… and that would be the point of poetry, right? I don’t say it’s the poems, it might be me – I know poetry is very subjective. That is why I rated this book 3 stars.
What I actually loved in this book was the foreword: I felt way more empowered and inspired after reading that than after reading the poems.
I got this book from Chronicle Books and NetGalley in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.
‘Every Word You Cannot Say’ by Iain S. Thomas
This is the book equivalent of a successful therapy session, and I mean it in the best possible way. I don’t know if I should call this one very long poem, poems, or not poetry at all. But it worked. I usually prefer more traditional poems, at least in format (like rhymes, and a poem being an actual poem and not a title-less series of a couple of sentences randomly structured in lines), but this time I didn’t really mind it. This book talks about being aware of the moment, of our life, of everything we feel… it gives perspective, it tells us it’s okay to be who we are, to feel what we feel and to want what we want, and it does it in a way that did indeed reach my soul. I didn’t know before starting it, but this was something I needed to read.
I rated this book 4 stars.
I got this book from Andrews McMeel Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
‘The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One’ by Amanda Lovelace
I rated this poetry book 3 stars, and more than ever, I feel the need to explain my decision. To many people a 3-star-rating sounds like it was average, or even worse, completely neutral. Not interesting enough to rate it either awesome or terrible.
I must emphasize it’s not the case here!
I admit that this is the first book by the poet that I read, though I knew about the two others in this series. They seemed to be quite popular, that’s why I decided to read this one. It’s not the reason I don’t rate it higher, though.
The truth is I’m conflicted about this book. I totally get why some people rate it 5 stars, and I totally get those who say it’s a 1-star collection. I do. And somehow I feel both things. See, the design is lovely, and I stand for everything it has to say. The structure of the collection and the complex reference to the fairy tale are brilliant. This is a voice that indeed have to be heard. This book had to be born. It had to be published, that is certain.
There’s the other side, though: these are so not my kind of poems. I might have an old-fashioned taste in poetry, but I prefer beautiful language (even simple wording can be beautiful, I don’t necessarily mean those old overly-flowery wordings…) to non-rhyming semi-lines in unusual structures.
Even though this language of poetry is not the kind that gets to my heart, I do think this book is important and worth reading.
I got this book from Andrews McMeel Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Do you often read poetry? What makes good poems for you?
Have a great day! 😉