Here were some poetry collections that I received from NetGalley and I wanted to share my thoughts with you.
1. The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace
Amanda Lovelace’s voice hits readers with another great collection. This book talks about many heavy topics in a bold and driven tone that keeps you flipping to the next page and the next. Her messages on abuse, misogyny, and violence vibrate so strongly through her writing. And although it takes on a dark and angry tone, the message still empowers women and challenges the ways of society. Although it is the sequel to the princess saves herself in this one, anyone can easily pick up this one and still understand everything Lovelace sheds a light on.
With a strong voice, Lovelace draws in references from other events from our time as well as the stories of women and speaks of how not to burn from the matchmaker boys.
2. Depression and Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim
Wonderful book. I loved how the author interwove magic tricks within the stories of depression. She really takes us on the ride through the pains and heartbreak. Although the experiences are different for everyone, I believe that she was able to express the emotions that have also been felt by others, making the stories yet different, but so relatable to the readers as well.
3. This is the Last Time I’ll Write about You by Dawn Lanuza
“I told you once, maybe someday I’ll write about you.”
Dawn Lanuza portrays the feelings of heartbreak and longing in its most raw and poetic form. The short verses contain so much feeling and love, teaching us how love isn’t something that can always be done right the first time. Exposing us to the pains and aching of a broken heart, Dawn truly tells of all the faults that come from loving someone and losing them.
4. Heart Lines by Gemma Troy
Heart Lines is a collection of very short poems about love and peace with yourself. It is filled with beautiful still life art that accompanies each poem. The poems are quite short, and it is easy to get through in one sitting. In my opinion, I was drawn more to the pictures than the poems, but the whole book was a really nice aesthetic piece.
5. The Weight of the Snow by BL Bruce
This is a collection of poems that reflects that centers around nature to express emotions and feelings. Calming and nostalgic, the verses evoke imagery and feelings from the readers. Thought the writing was quite fluffy, since it was filled with imagery and metaphor, so I found it a bit difficult to get in. Nonetheless, the poems were a nice read.
6. Stupid Poems 14 by Ian Vannoey
Stupid Poems 14 is a short collection of poems ranging through a variety of topics in a hilarious manner. Some of my favourites were “Things you can’t do with an ironing board” and “King Arthur in a furniture shop.” All these poems are quite short and something nice to digest while on your way to work or just before bed. The only problem I had with the poems were that the rhythming felt forced. For me, personally, I don’t really mind whether poems rhyme or not, as long as it sounds nice or holds meaning. While some of the poems were funny, I don’t think the writing style is for me.
7. Soft Thorns by Brigett Devoue
Even the sharpest thorns will become soft. Devoue’s voice is filled with sadness as she talks about the suffering she endured from disorders, abuse, and heartbreak. The messages she writes are haunting and coax out so much sadness and anger from the readers. At the beginning, she writes about rape and self-harm with so much trauma that leaves readers feeling shaken and raw. The book as a whole felt like a story written in verse. I felt like I was viewing parts of her life and the feelings that she dealt with. Although the book possesses so much sadness, it ends off with hope and empowerment, trying to encourage women to be brave and to value themselves. More importantly, to realize broken hearts are still beautiful.
8. Nectar of Pain by Najwa Zebian
Not my favourite. The poetry speaks about pain, romantic love, recovery and life in general. The writing is quite beautiful, however, I did find it a bit repetitive and fluffy. There were a few really great poems, but I felt like her style wasn’t for me.
Let me know which one is your favourite! Which ones did you read?