by Eileen Myles.
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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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Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav is a beautiful book full of bittersweet and lovely poetry. The focus of this collection is on, as the title suggests, love and all the emotions that come with it. Separated thematically, the book is divided into three distinct parts, these sections are separated as ‘misadventure,’ ‘circus of sorrows’ and ‘love.’
The feelings that are evoked when reading this book are ones of a journey. Not just one in search of love or through relationships but one as a whole. Readers are taken on an emotional journey through heartbreak until the final section in which true happiness is seemingly discovered. Throughout this book I felt a connection to the poems and with each new page I experienced rather than read the emotions.
Despite a good section of this collection being dedicated to heartache and misadventure, there is no overlying feeling of melancholy. Rather, readers are given the feeling of hope; that despite the pain felt, nothing was wasted, no moment felt in vain.
The simplicity of Leav’s work is what makes this collection such a pleasure to read. Stand out poems for me are ‘Just Friends,’ ‘Beautiful’ and ‘Three Questions’ which are all very beautiful yet are all very different. The differences can be seen in the form of the poems. Where some poems are written as prose poems, others are open verse with many different structures. The sheer read-alibility coupled with the universal nature of love and heartache are no doubt what has made this book such a best seller.
Love & Misadventure is a relatively short book. Each poem is featured on its own page and the flow of the book is one that will see you easily moving from one poem to the next. If you only read one poetry book this year, Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav comes very highly recommended.