Recently, I’ve read a lot of poetry books and since my blog is focused a lot on poetry, I though I’d review them for you!
First off we have milk & honey as well as the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur.
THE SUN AND HER FLOWERS 3.5/5
This one was a simple and sweet collection that I quite enjoyed. It was nothing spectacular but certainly nothing horrible either. It’s a lot about Kaur’s own experiences and her immigrant family (mostly parents).
MILK AND HONEY 2/5
Frankly, this one was a disappointment. A lot of people ADORE this collection and while I’m super happy for them, I just don’t understand. It had a few good ones but overall, I thought it was pretty cliche and typical.
Next is the things that h(a)unt duology by amanda lovelace
TO MAKE MONSTERS OUT OF GIRLS 3/5
TO DRINK COFFEE WITH A GHOST 3/5
I’ve read Amanda’s “Women are some kind of magic” trilogy and really enjoyed it, but this duology was just okay. It just didn’t strike me as very poetic. There were too many prose passages/quote-like poem things and not enough actual poems. I’ve got to say, TO DRINK COFFEE WITH A GHOST was the better of the two. One thing that really annoyed me was one of the poems. It was literally the sentence “i’m so fucking sorry” (I’m pretty sure that’s what it was) OVER and OVER again for two and a half pages. That’s not a poem. That’s laziness.
Next we have the Pillow Thoughts trilogy by Courtney Peppernell.
PILLOW THOUGHTS 5/5
PILLOW THOUGHTS II: HEALING THE HEART 5/5
PILLOW THOUGHTS III: MENDING THE MIND 4.5/5
I loved all three of these! I’ve got to warn you though, they do have a lot of prose passages but I loved those as much as the poems! I think Courtney pulls them off very well. I HIGHLY recommend these three books if you are feeling down and looking to be inspired. They’re excellent.
(Plus, the covers are beautiful and the jellyfish illustrations inside the book are just so damn cute!)
Now let’s talk about The Dark Between Stars by Atticus
THE DARK BETWEEN STARS 2/5
This one was kind of a mess. There were a few good ones that redeemed the book a little and made me give it 2 out of 5 instead of 1, but this poetry collection and I just didn’t hit it off very well. Some of the poems didn’t make any sense. Most of them repeated the same sentiments over and over again, using very similar language. Plus, a lot of them just felt like quotes and not poems. Anyway, I don’t think I’ll be reading any more books by Atticus. But if you like simple short poems, I think you should check him out! (One thing I’ve got to say is that the book is BEAUTIFUL and the photographs are just lovely!)
Next up are Worlds of You and Bloom by Beau Taplin
WORLDS OF YOU 3.5/5
These were both very sweet and simple. A lot about love. One thing that did bug me is that he used some poems from BLOOM in WORLDS OF YOU. I didn’t mind as much but I feel like he should have written new ones instead of using some already published poems. Anyway, I’d recommend them. I think I liked WORLDS OF YOU better but they were both good.
We’ve reached the end! I think I read a few more but these are the ones I wanted to talk about most. If I remember some more I might make a part 2 to this post.
One thing I’d like to say is that if you are a poet thinking of publishing a collection, try and make it a poetry collection. Some people can pull off including prose passages in their books but usually when I encounter a lot of prose in a book that was marketed as poetry, I feel somewhat cheated.
Anyway, hope you enjoyed this post. If any of the poetry books sound interesting to you, I encourage you to check them out!
Love, the Inkgirl ❤