Here’s another collection of mini reviews for some of the poetry books I read this year.
Some of these books I had high hopes for because of the publicity that some of these poets have received over the years but the writing was so poor that I probably won’t pick up another collection/book from them.
While some received higher ratings than others, none of them stood out enough to me to considered masterpieces.
DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.
For When She’s Feeling Blue by Edgar Holmes
Originally published: 2018
Emotional and uplifting writing for people with depression. I saw deeper, past the words, into the depth of what the writer was saying. The relatability flowed right through my soul. On the surface, there’s nothing deep about the pieces but understanding them in a certain light made them real. The book doesn’t romanticise depression but encourages self-love.
The book has a rating of 3.49 on GoodReads. I gave it a 4.
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Red Roses for My Love by Edgar Holmes
Originally published: 2019
Some of the pieces read like poems while others came across as quick inspiring Tumblr posts. Some of the pieces came across as preachy instead of loving. The illustrations were eye-catching and stood out more than the writing. The poems aren’t particularly deep, but baselined with straight forward messages. This was a quick read, with little to none metaphors to give it a deeper level of emotional attachment.
The book has a rating of 3.56 on GoodReads. I gave it a 3.
Becoming a Wildflower by April Green
Originally published: 2019
Some of the pieces were nice but others were slightly too lengthy for my enjoyment. You can say something significant without it being dragged out. This book is about self-love and encouragement towards that. Overall, I enjoyed the pieces, even the lengthier ones.
The book has a rating of 4.08 on GoodReads. I gave it a 4.
milk and honey by Rupi Kaur
Challenge prompt: The letter M in the A-Z Book Challenge 2022
Originally published: 2014
I had high hopes for this book, especially because this is a modern poet who pops up on my Pinterest feed more often than not, but after reading this collection, I think I’m going to start muting the posts and just not read another one of her collections again. The structure of the parts in the book could’ve been better thought out and the pieces throughout the book didn’t speak to me. Even the ones related to trauma. You can write about trauma in a powerful way and still keep it to the basics, but the pieces related to that theme were tasteless and not impactful, they made me feel that this poet has no idea how to express trauma in words. Even the romantic pieces didn’t stand out to me, nor did the healing ones.
The book has a rating of 4.01 on GoodReads. I gave it a 2.
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