• Poetry Book Review

    Milk and Honey

    Warnings: Abuse, Discussions of Sex My Thoughts When I put out a survey on Goodreads asking my fellow users what poetry books I should read Milk and Honey was overwhelmingly recommended to me. I had heard the author’s name and seen the book cover but did not know what to expect when I picked it up. This has by far been one of the best book recommendations I have ever received, so thank you to all the lovely readers that brought the book to my attention! Milk and Honey is an outstanding collection that strikes that perfect balance between pain and healing. The book has been divided into four sections,…

  • Poetry Book Review

    Worlds of You

    My Thoughts Worlds of You is perhaps one of the most romantic collections I’ve read in quite some time. Everything about this book oozes romance and feels very personal as the author reflects on his life and experiences with love. I had to admire Taplin that not only is he self-aware but he has a good head on his shoulders and knows exactly what he wants out of both life and love. The first 75% of the book is dedicated entirely to passages and poems about romance, heartbreak, desire, and moving on. The last quarter of the book centered on the author’s own reflections about himself and how important it…

  • Poetry Book Review

    Chameleon Aura

    My Thoughts If you’re in need of a pick-me-up, Chameleon Aura is the book for you. This book is filled to the brim with poetry and prose offering advice on relationships and self-love. It’s a mix of personal experiences and advice for others on learning to love and accept yourself and moving away from toxic people. If you’re looking for more depth though, I’m beginning to think that the instapoet trend is not the place to find it. I thought that this would be an easy and positive read, but I was surprised that I actually found myself struggling to finish. While I found several key passages that I appreciated,…

  • Feminist Book Review,  Poetry Book Review

    The Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One

    My Thoughts I knew I was in for a mixed bag with this one, having seen very divided opinions on Lovelace’s first collection, The Princess Saves Herself in this One. Reviews of her work seem to be extremely hit or miss, with some hailing the poetry for being relatable and moving, while others condemn it as not real poetry. I decided to give Lovelace’s work a try to see what all the fuss was about, deciding to be open-minded about the format and seeing if the content of the poems would convince me. I can’t say I’m surprised with how I ended up feeling about the work, but I was…

  • Poetry Book Review

    The Day Is Ready for You

    My Thoughts The Day is Ready for You starts off really strong with the first quarter of the book comprising of some of Malee’s better poems. As the collection carried on though it started venturing into the type of one line inspirational poetry that feels like greeting card sentiments, something common it seems with many instapoets. Short, simple, easily digestible, not all that heavy hitting or memorable. The book dragged to me during the middle of the book, I think many of these poems could’ve used better editing or been excluded altogether. “today i am going to move and leave nothing behind. which is to say, i am going to…

  • Book Review

    Love Looks Pretty on You

    My Thoughts I’ll be honest and admit that I had been avoiding reading any of Lang Leav’s books after seeing a few poor reviews and snippets from her first two poetry collections. Since it has been a few years and I’ve been greatly enjoying poetry, I decided to give this author a chance. I grabbed an ARC and I was actually pleasantly surprised. Love Looks Pretty on You is Leav’s seventh published work and it’s clear that she has grown as a writer. “There is a savagery to what you feel. It eats you up inside. But you will get through it; you don’t need his mouth to placate you.…