Subscribers receive 4 exclusive poems for a monthly fee of £3.50. 1 poem a week. I decided to do this because I’d like to earn some money and, no. These are poems that will probably not see the light of day for years because I’m going to send them to publishers. I don’t want you to wait years. I want to have these poems being read and enjoyed. Bear with me while I figure this all out.
Split into 2 chapters – the EP & the LP, Alicia Cook takes us through a landscape of joy, pain and triumph in I Hope my Voice Doesn’t Skip. The subjects were varied – from family and home, to nostalgia, love and world events. There were poems with grief as a subject, which made me reflect on my own losses. Some of the poems on love, of first love – such as Traffic, Signs gave me feels. There are small details that characterise the writing – mentions of straw wrappers, squid ink and saltwater. The second part features writers, Christina Hart and J. R. Rouge, for example. There were some very assured poems in this part of the book. There were a couple of poems I didn’t like, and I would expect that. This was the first book I had read by Alicia Cook and it won’t be the last. I found her poems were compelling, uplifting – they gave me strength and I’m sure if I read this book again I would find something new to like.
It is October 1st and I have two exciting new book releases to share with you.
(Dis)Connected 2 poems & stories of connection & otherwise volume 2 which is put together by Michelle Halke of Central Avenue Publishing. These poems and stories are written from exciting writers like Alicia Cook,K.Y. Robinson & Tyler Knott Gregson. The poems inspire the stories. It must be an incredibly exciting project to be a part of. I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley. I am halfway through it and enjoying it.
The second book I have more or less finished and it is by one of my favourite contemporary writers, and that is Trista Mateer. The book is called Aphrodite Made Me Do It. It is a collection of poems and illustrations. I wasn’t disappointed with this book. I will write a review when I have finished reading reading reading this. It’s amazing.
Every poem in Masquerade by Cyrus Parker I want to put my arms around and embrace. As somebody still discovering their identity I can relate all too well to Parker’s words. I enjoyed this book more than their first book, as I felt I could relate to the poems more.
self-confidence is built in layers, the same way a house begins
with bare bones before becoming a home: and just as each house has its own layout,
there isn’t only one set of blueprints, one right way to build self-confidence.
sometimes it starts from the inside out as one learns to love themselves, and
sometimes it starts from the outside in as one projects the person they hope to be.
sometimes, you have to tear everything down and start over from the ground up.
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