• Poetry Book Reviews

    If They Come for Us

    My goodness what an astounding collection of poetry! I was absolutely dazzled by this debut collection and I’m honestly ashamed that I was granted an ARC and did not get to reading it sooner. Asghar speaks to a generation of Asian American women with a great deal of understanding and empathy. There were several times where a poem hit close to home, particularly in the sections about needing to cover up one’s race and religion, or of the shame that comes with losing one’s native language. “you speak a language until you don’t. until you only recognize it between your auntie’s lips. your father was fluent in four languages. you’re…

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    Chameleon Aura

    If you’re in need of a pick me up, Chameleon Aura is the book for you. Filled to the brim with poetry and prose offering advice on relationships and self love. This book is 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. “some will be intimidated by how deeply you love yourself. you are not obligated to shallow your depth or tame your intensity for them.” I thought that this would be an easy…

  • Poetry Book Reviews

    Love Looks Pretty on You

    I’ll be honest 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. You don’t need his…

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    Secrets of a Broken Heart

    Secrets of a Broken Heart is a debut poetry collection that covers a couple of different topics, from feelings of sadness and heartbreak after a breakup, the excitement of a new love, to the anxiety of writing and creating art. “Honey, you are so pretty that the ground cannot get enough of you. Your tears are the water to the earth, your red eyes the sun to the flowers.” This poetry book is split into a few different sections, the first half of the collection primarily handling themes of heartbreak after a painful breakup. The later parts of the collection includes poems about finding happiness despite insecurities and feelings of…

  • Poetry Book Reviews

    Sisters’ Entrance

    I’ve struggled to gather my thoughts on this collection, I was just so blown away and overwhelmed by the emotions elicited by this book. The poetry collected here comes from a very personal place for the author, who is a Sudanese refugee that survived the war and genocide in Darfur. “When you build nations on someone’s bones what sense does it make to break them?” Some poems were heavy and spoke of her traumatic experiences such as in People Like Us and The Bride. Others, like Why I Haven’t Told You Yet, were more light-hearted but still carry a strong message. All of these poems pulled together shape the author,…

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