• Poetry Book Reviews

    Nocturnal

    Nocturnal is a poetry book about self discovery, love, and healing. This book shared a lot of similarities in style and themes with other popular instapoets such as Rupi Kaur, Alison Malee, and Amanda Lovelace. Like the aforementioned poets, it’s all free-verse with random spacing between lines. While I can appreciate the form at times when the spacing is used to emphasize specific words, most of the time it just feels pointless and serves no real purpose at all. “I will wait at the corner of I miss you and sorry” Now aesthetically speaking, Nocturnal is one of the most beautiful poetry collections I’ve read in some time with full-page…

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    In a Dream You Saw a Way to Survive

    In a Dream You Saw a Way to Survive is one of the most beautiful poetry collections that I’ve read in ages. I was drawn in from the first page and had a very hard time putting this book down. The author has a voice that is honest and skill with creating gorgeous prose. We talk about survival like it’s a thing that makes you stronger Like it is a lesson learned. As if it does not steal your truth fashion it into a killing machine.” The author tackles a lot of deeply personal subjects: surviving infidelity, dealing with manic depression, the gradual decline and death of a family member,…

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    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…

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    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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