Love & Misadventure and Lullabies by Lang Leav

(Inter)national Poetry Month

lovemisLove & Misadventures

by Lang Leav

Format: Paperback.

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Six Word Summary: Hurt, love, hope – read and enjoy.

Blurb: Lang Leav is a poet and internationally exhibiting artist. Awarded a coveted Churchill Fellowship, her work expresses the intricacies of love and loss.

Beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully conceived, Love and Misadventure will take you on a rollercoaster ride through an ill-fated love affair- from the initial butterflies to the soaring heights- through to the devastating plunge. Lang Leav has an unnerving ability to see inside the hearts and minds of her readers. Her talent for translating complex emotions with astonishing simplicity has won her a cult following of devoted fans from all over the world.

My Thoughts: I have previously read and reviewed Love & Misadventure which you can read here. Before starting Lullabies I decided to pick up and give Lang Leav’s first book a re-read.

Within minutes I was transported back to when I first read the book. I remembered places I was sitting when I read individual poems, I remembered how I felt about other poems, and I remember my own relationship and what it was like those years before. I found myself enjoying the book just as much when I first read it, if not more, as now I had the added bonus of my memories. It was a fun and interesting way to see how the years in between readings have coloured my perceptions of the poems and the emotions they represent.

Best Bits: Looking back at my previous post, I thought it was remarkable that after a full re-read, I had marked the same poems out as my favourites. One poem however that stood out to me this reading was Wistful Thinking, I loved the simplicity and the structure. So simple but so lovely!


lullibiesLullabies

by Lang Leav

Format: Paperback.

Goodreads: link.

Publisher: link.

Six Word Summary: Continued exploration of love and feels.

Blurb: A sequel to the hugely popular, best-selling Love & Misadventure, Lullabies continues to explore the intricacies of love and loss.

Set to a musical theme, love’s poetic journey in this new, original collection begins with a Duet and travels through Interlude and Finale with an Encore popular piece from the best-selling Love & Misadventure. Lang Leav’s evocative poetry speaks to the soul of anyone who is on this journey.

Leav has an unnerving ability to see inside the hearts and minds of her readers. Her talent for translating complex emotions with astonishing simplicity has won her a cult following of devoted fans from all over the world.

My Thoughts: Similar to Love and Misadventures, Lullabies heavily explores the concept and realities of love. Following the same structure as her first book, Leav separates her poems into three sections: Duet, Interlude, and Finale.

I enjoyed Lullabies, it felt a bit more mature and developed than Love & Misadventures. I use the word mature but all that translates to is that the poems, for me, felt more established, the subject matter or relationships felt more developed.

Other than that convoluted image of a more mature poetry book, Leav branches out into prose poetry. These prose poems are refreshing reads in Leav’s books as often her other poems are quite short. The moments and concepts that the poems explore are sometimes metaphorical like ‘Patience’ (pg. 17), or they tell a story like in ‘Soundtracks’ (pg 131).

The one thing I will note is that the three sections of the book weren’t as strongly or as thematically connected as Love & Misadventure. However, for a book of 233 pages, this was literally my only nit-picky comment.

Best Bits: 

  • The Dinner Guest (pg76-77).
  • Time (pg 101).
  • The Most (pg 173).
  • Forget Me Not (pg 189).
  • Losing You (pg 215).

Recommendations: You don’t have to have read the first collection of poems to appreciate Leav’s second. Lullabies would be a great first step in a journey of reading poetry. I would especially recommend this book if you enjoy a little variety in your poetry styles, as Lullabies is a nice mixture.

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