World Poetry Day

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.


So with this in mind, I thought I would share some of my favourite poets and works of poetry.

FAVOURITE POET

Dorothy Parker – hands down.

Parker’s style is just so sarcastic yet devastating. She will offhandedly and often slyly comment on something all the while pointing out the emotional and unfair core of an issue. Alot of the time she will capture a moment about being a woman, the poem itself will be kind of funny but often she ends with a final kick to point out the true injustice.


FAVOURITE POEM

Honestly, I’m not able to narrow it down, so head over and check out my Five Poems That Changed My Life posts, because they are all poems that I absolutely love.


FAVOURITE BOOK OF POETRY

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Small dreams of Scorpions by Spike Milligan

The book itself is very small but it packs quite an emotional punch. As it often the way, Milligan (who was a comedian and actor) battled with depression and this book offers some very hard hitting poems concerning his turmoil.

Coupled with some illustrations the book is full of often difficult emotions. Stand out poems in the book are OberonValues ’67Manic Depression, and Love Song.


Favourite Styles

LIST POEMS

I talked a bit about my love for list poetry in Day 4 of my feature Five Poems that Have Changed My Life. I find the repetition and open possibilities of list poems incredibly freeing. It is always fun reading list poems and seeing where the poet takes you.

PANTOUM POEMS
Pantoum

I have this weakness for pantoum poems. Pantoums are quite difficult to write (trust me I’ve tried multiple times and only twice successfully) because there is a very strict form to follow.

The poems basic structure is that each quatrain has four lines and they follow an abab rhyming structure. Pantoums can be any length, however they must always begin and end with the same line. The below image explains the structure that pantoums must follow. It may seem strange but after reading a pantoum, you do get a sense of the rhythm and effect of the poems.

If you’re interested in reading more about the pantoum structure check out this link. If you’re after some examples of pantoums check out this link. One that I really enjoy is, Another Lullaby for Insomniacs by A. E. Stallings.

DOGGERAL POEMS

Doggeral poetry are defined by their badness. Typically the poems are filled with cliches, terrible rhyming choices, and irregular meters – they also are unintentionally hilarious. For the most famous doggeral poem check out William McGonagall’s The Tay Bridge Disaster.


Favourite Poetry Quotes

BY POET

‘I hate writing, I love having written.’ – Dorothy Parker.

ABOUT POETRY

‘Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.’ – Douglas Adams.


If you want to see more of my posts about poetry check out my below posts!

the mermaid’s voice returns in this one by amanda lovelace

the mermaid’s voice returns in this one

by amanda lovelace.

Publisher: link.

Goodreads: link.


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

Genre: Poetry.

Read as an: eBook


My Thoughts

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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QP: Favourite Books of 2018

QUICK Picks

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.

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The Darkest Part of the Forest

by Holly Black

Goodreads ||  Author

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:

  • 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.

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Evolution by Eileen Myles

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by Eileen Myles.

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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:

Something
unearthly
about
today
so I buy
a Diet Coke &
a newspaper
a version of “me”
something
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
while.


Release Date: 21st of September, 2018.
Length: 176 pages.
Series: N/A.
Genre: Poetry.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: NetGalley.

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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Poetry Rundown

(Inter)national Poetry Month

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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Currently Consuming: the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur

(Inter)national Poetry Month

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sunandherflowers

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 & Misadventure and Lullabies by Lang Leav

(Inter)national Poetry Month

lovemisLove & Misadventures

by Lang Leav

Format: Paperback.

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Publisher: link.

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

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the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace

(Inter)national Poetry Month

pshitothe princess saves herself in this one

by Amanda Lovelace.

Format: Paperback.

Goodreads: link.

Author: link.

Six Word Summary: Quick, emotional read with empowering thoughts.

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Love Her Wild by Atticus

(Inter)national Poetry Month

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by Atticus

Format: Hardback.

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Publisher: link

Six Word Summary: Such love – Such passion. Read it!

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Five Poems That Changed My Life: Day 5

(Inter)national Poetry Month

Last day!

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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