Book Review: Bloom

Bloom by Beau Taplin 2018. 80 pages Genre: Poetry Final Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars Summary: A stunning collection of 140 short poems about growth and renewal from popular Australian poet Beau Taplin. Beautifully designed with several pieces to a page, Bloom offers a unique twist on age-old topics: love, grief, and learning from... Continue Reading →

Book Review: I May Have Been In My Feelings

I May Have Been In My Feelings: A Collection of Poetic Reflections from Conversations and Hear Say by Jasmine Harris 2017.  60 pages. Genre: Poetry My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Summary (from back cover): *Hear say- a term frequently used in the African American culture to denote the telling of another's business for... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Milk and Honey

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur 2014. 204 pages. Genre: Poetry Final Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars Summary: #1 New York Times bestseller Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Walking the Black Cat

Walking the Black Cat by Charles Simic 1996.  96 pages. Genre: Poetry   Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars  Summary:  Hamlet's ghost wandering the halls of a Vegas motel, a street corner ventriloquist using passersby as dummies, and Jesus panhandling in a weed-infested Eden are just a few of the startling conceits Simic unleashes in... Continue Reading →

Book Review: I Wrote This for You

I Wrote This for You by Pleasefindthis (Iain Thomas) 2011. 202 pages Genre: Poetry, Photography Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Summary: Started 2007, I Wrote This For You is an acclaimed exploration of hauntingly beautiful words, photography and emotion that's unique to each person that reads it. This book gathers together nearly 200 of... Continue Reading →

Book Review: A Thousand Mornings

A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver 2012. 96 pages. Genre: Poetry Final Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars My Thoughts: I was unfamiliar with Mary Oliver when I chanced upon this book.  I am so grateful that's not the case now, for after reading the poetry within this book, I could easily see Mary Oliver earning... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Laughter of the Sphinx

The Laughter of the Sphinx by Michael Palmer 2016. 96 pages. Genre: Poetry Final Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars My Thoughts: The Laughter of the Sphinx is a book of poems that takes us to many exotic and interesting places around the world with surreal and symbolic imagery. I can say one thing if nothing else... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Wingless

The Wingless by Cecilia Llompart Series: Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series 2014. 63 pages Genre: Poetry Final Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars My Thoughts: I loved the way the way the poems are laid out in this book. There are 4 parts: Hymnal, Almanac, Wherever We Roam and Take My Body Home. The first part of the... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Bicycles

Bicycles: Love Poems by Nikki Giovanni 2009. 128 pages Genre: Poetry Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars My Thoughts: Nikki Giovanni is one of the world's most well-known American poets.  And rightfully so.  This lovely book of love poems was a welcome change from the darker and angsty stuff that I normally read (and... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Crash into the Day

Crash into the Day by Gary Zarr 2014. 100 pages Genre: Poetry Rating: 4 out of 5 stars My Thoughts: I stumbled upon this gem as I was browsing through my local public library. A self-published book, it doesn't seem to be very well known. It has only 3 Amazon reviews and the only review... Continue Reading →

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