The 21st of March is marked by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation as World Poetry Day. On this day, the UNESCO recognises the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.
Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings. Poetry is the mainstay of oral tradition and, over centuries, can communicate the innermost values of diverse cultures.Taken from the UNESCO’s Poetry Day website
For the longest time I have been a huge advocate of the power of poetry and all the ways it can emotionally affect a persons life. Poetry has the power to move people; it can speak to us, can convey emotions, and make us feel.
Poetry has the power to change people; it can make us see things differently, change how we feel, and force us to confront emotions. So regardless of how you feel about poetry, whether you think its frivolous, tough to understand, or an amazing way of communicating human emotions, it can have a lasting effect on readers.
Poetry has power.
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the mermaid’s voice returns in this one
by amanda lovelace.
Goodreads Choice Award-winning poet and USA TODAY bestselling author Amanda Lovelace presents the mermaid’s voice returns in this one — the third and final installment in her “women are some kind of magic” series, featuring a foreword from Lang Leav and 13 guest poems from leading voices in poetry such as Nikita Gill, KY Robinson, and Orion Carloto.
The mermaid is known for her siren song, luring bedroom-eyed sailors to their demise. However, beneath these misguided myths are tales of escapism and healing, which Lovelace weaves throughout this empowering collection of poetry, taking you on a journey from the sea to the stars. They tried to silence her once and for all, but the mermaid’s voice returns in this one.
Length: 210 Pages.
Series: Women are Some Kind of Magic #3
Read as an: eBook
the mermaid’s voice returns in this one is a return to form and theme for amanda lovelace. NB. It is killing me not capitalising the titles and author name 😅 Just like her first book, the princess saves herself in this one, tackled some tough issues so too does her third book. Don’t be worried about being surprised by this content as the book itself begins with a trigger warning that outlines the issues that the book explores and advises people that some parts may be difficult.
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2018 has been a great year for reading. I have enjoyed a lot of books but of them there have been a few that have really stood out. The majority of the books selected are ones that I haven’t been able to get out of my head, my mind has been drawn back to the stories or characters of the books.
Check out the below ‘quick picks’ of some of my favourite books from 2018.
The Darkest Part of the Forest
by Holly Black
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While I didn’t rate the book five stars, I did enjoy it a lot. Throughout the year I have kept returning to it and thinking about the storytelling. The Darkest Part of the Forest has renewed my interest in not only Holly Black but stories that feature Fae.
Quick reasons why I love the book:
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- The Story: The idea of the boy in the coffin that has been there for years and the town that is on the borders of the supernatural was just great. I keep thinking about how effortlessly I was pulled into this story.
- The characters: I really enjoyed the characters and the siblings in this book. The way in which the story ends with the protector, the lover, and the prince, was so great. Also loving the QUILTBAG representation.
by Eileen Myles.
Author page: link.
Review Tagline: Poetry that packs an emotional punch.
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Blurb: The first all-new collection of poems since 2011’s Snowflake/different streets—and following the critically acclaimed Afterglow (a dog memoir), as well as the volume of selected poems, I Must Be Living Twice—here, in Evolution, we find the eminent, exuberant writer at the forefront of American literature, upending genre in a new vernacular that enacts—like nobody else—the way we speak (inside and out) today. Evolution, with its channeling of Quakers, Fresca, and cell phones, radiates vital insight, purpose, and risk, like in these opening lines of the title poem:
so I buy
a Diet Coke &
a version of “me”
about me on the
earth & its sneakers
& feeling like
the earth’s furniture
but that can’t be
true or like
the coke & the Times
it’s true for a little
Release Date: 21st of September, 2018.
Length: 176 pages.
Read as an: eBook.
My Thoughts: In Evolution we see a lot of the poet, Eileen Myles, in her work. I really enjoyed everything Evolution had to offer, the poetry is both emotional and refreshing – Myles shows us all that poetry can be.
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Since we’ve made to the last week of the (Inter)National Poetry Month, I thought I would give you a quick run down on all my favourites things about poetry. So enjoy.
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So painful and real – so beautiful.
About: the sun and her flowers is the second poetry book by Rupi Kaur and it is just as good as her first. Similar to Milk and Honey, this book is contains some painful and emotional moments from Kaur’s life.
The book is broken up into five sections:
wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. The book seems to follow the journey of a flower, and tends to have a focus on love, emotional well being, and healing, all the while intersecting the work with pain.
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Love & Misadventures
by Lang Leav
Six Word Summary: Hurt, love, hope – read and enjoy.
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the princess saves herself in this one
by Amanda Lovelace.
Six Word Summary: Quick, emotional read with empowering thoughts.
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Love Her Wild
Six Word Summary: Such love – Such passion. Read it!
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The last poem is one that has gotten me through some tough times – Emily Dickinson’s Hope. Hope is a classic and is a metaphorical comment on the nature of hope. If you have never heard of Emily Dickinson, then you need to click the above link, hell even this link, and read as many poems as you can.
Dickinson has her own style and tackles some very weighty issues. I am in love with her, once again, morbid style. There is a focus on death, the self, and love in her work and coupled with her witty observations she creates truly inspired poems. I ‘hope’ 😉 you enjoy the below poem, Hope.
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