This will be the first time that I take on a poetry review versus any other book that I’ve read. Up to this point in my life I’ve only had to analyze poetry time and time again for class or assignments and never necessarily took pleasure in actually reading it; but the time has come and what better way to make a come back than with something new?
Some background; I’ve had my eye on reading this, what I initially thought was a book, for quite a while, maybe even since High School. It was only when I saw that my friend had bought it, read it, and did a mini review on it that I realized that it was, well, poetry. Nonetheless, it didn’t make me reluctant to read it, as by this point I was slightly more into delving in and reading works in this genre. In a blog post that went up on my other blog I roughly touched upon my feelings towards the genre and how they changed so I won’t really go into it here, but for now, everything’s on a good path. But now, onto the review.
As said before, this was not what I expected going into reading this book. I expected a novel, and got a poetry collection instead. Whoops. Yet, though it is a poetry collection, there are a few chapters and each one covers something slightly different; a similar set up to Rupi Kaur’s milk & honey. There are elements in it that make you think of your own experiences, in some instances, poetry sometimes has the power to make you reflect on things and I feel like some of these did just that. There are four main chapters to the collection, and within those, each poem is separated by its own title, sort of like a sub-story to the main plot that is touched on in the openings of each chapter. I suppose this element makes it more coherent and story-like, versus just a collection of poems haphazardly published together. It is not quite what I expected but in a sense, the title and cover don’t set up for this to be a poetry book; in my opinion, quite the opposite really. There is a mix of longer and shorter poems, and really, it’s the final ‘chapter’ that’s got the longer poems within it that are usually addressed to someone. This is something that is seen in other moments within the book though, where some poems will be addressed to an individual, or commenting on something that has happened between the author and another individual in the past.
I’m unsure whether or not this is something that I would reach for again, or purchase for that matter, as this is a book that I borrowed, as I’m doubtful that it is something that I would often reach for. Nevertheless, I would definitely recommend it to anyone. The book itself is about 100 pages, so can make for a quick read if that’s what you’re after, or can be savored for a longer time in order to contemplate along with the author and reflect on ones own experiences. I won’t go and say that it brought any change into my life, because it did not go that far, but it was a calming read when needed.
I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads, mainly because I don’t see myself reaching for it again in the near, or maybe even far future and there were just elements of it that I was not really that into.