Review: Far From The Shallow

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Rating: ★★★★

I received a copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

The thing I love most about poetry is how personal it can be. This collection was the epitome of that. I could tell that every poem came from the heart.

I really liked the water theme that was woven throughout the poems. It made the collection very cohesive. 

The end included a note from the author that further explained the meaning behind the collection. The author’s note really helped bring the collection full circle. 

My one critique is that I would have liked to see the poems divided into sections. A lot of poetry collections, especially ones centering around trauma and healing, often use sections to help guide the reader through their journey. The poems clearly told a story and sections (perhaps one dealing with water) would have elevated the book even more. 

I loved a lot of the poems. Here is a list of the ones that really stood out to me: 

  • Lilac Notes (pg. 12)
  • Needle and Thread (pg. 21)
  • Peace in the Rain (pg. 24)
  • Blooming (pg. 32)
  • My Guardian Angel (pg. 34)
  • Brave (pg. 56)
  • Lost Girl (pg. 72) 
  • Recollections of Unlearning (pg. 75) 
  • Natural Love (pg. 80)
  • Irreplaceable (pg. 88)
  • Abandoned (pg. 99)
  • You’re Not Alone (pg. 102)
  • Write Your Way (pg. 105) 
  • Be Mindful (pg. 110)
  • Her Love (pg. 112)
  • Bouquet (pg. 120)
  • Break Free (pg. 125)
  • A Bright Girl (pg. 156)
  • Nostalgia (pg. 159)
  • A Rare Soul (pg. 166)
  • Peace (pg. 171)
  • Dreamer (pg. 189)
  • Moonflower (pg. 193)
  • Dear Gentle Soul (pg. 202)

Overall, this was a powerful poetry collection! 


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Review: Thoughts of a Mad Man at 3 a.m.

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Rating: ★★★★★

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This poetry collection was phenomenal. 

In a way this is almost like a novel told in verse. Each section of the book tells a different part of the author’s life. From his alcoholic beginnings to going to jail to finding love, the book covers it all and takes you on a journey. The poems really come from his heart and you can feel the emotions and vulnerability behind them. They felt so authentic. 

The author is an incredibly talented poet. I was very impressed by his work. I was expecting a more Instagram poet kind of style, but from him you get more classic poetry. Unlike a lot of Instagram poets, his poems actually do rhyme and there are no one liners. So if you’re tired of or don’t like the Instagram style of poetry but still want something modern to read, this is your book! 

I also liked the few prose pieces that were included. They took the book to the next level. 

Overall, I loved this collection and am looking forward to seeing what else he publishes in the coming years. 

Review: Curing My Venom

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Rating: ★★★★

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This was a very emotional collection of poetry that centers on the 5 stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. 

After reading the first two sections (denial and anger) I was a bit unsure whether I was going to like the collection. I didn’t connect to many of the poems in those sections. But I ended up loving the last three sections. The last one, acceptance, was my favorite. I had so many favorites from that section. 

One thing that was unique about this collection was the paired poems. I’m not quite sure what to call them but after some poems there would be a, “go to page __” and that poem would be a sort of response to the original one. Sometimes, there would even be another page direction on the response poem. I haven’t encountered that before and thought it was a clever touch. It made the book very cohesive and managed to tie all the sections together in a subtle way.

There were also illustrations throughout the collection and I loved them. They complemented the themes of the poems well.

Overall, this is a wonderful collection. I recommend it for fans of Amanda Lovelace and Rupi Kaur.