My thoughts on The Future by @Neilicorn @buttonpoetry

Publisher Button Poetry

Release Date April 3rd 2018

Average Rating 5.0 / 5 🌟

I have a feeling reading Hilborn’s book The Future he’s a really cool guy.
He writes a poem in this book called Bruce Springsteen will Never Die (which seems to affirm it) ‘I mean that the Reaper has Nebraska in his top five albums and won’t take the Boss because He also likes going to arena shows in Jersey,’ and ‘it’s going to be lonely for Bruce when we’re all gone,’ This poem pretty much makes the book for me. I love Springsteen, and I also love the way in which Hilborn writes. It’s conversational, and reads like a spiel of his thoughts. I like the story behind the book too. Hilborn wrote much of the poems while on the road, performing his poems. Hilborn also writes that the audiences helped shape his poems, so this book has had many editors. It’s why these poems do have an encompassing feeling of life lived. The subjects explored are nostalgia, sex, ‘it’s pretty hard to make
someone orgasm when you’re trying
to remember what you paid
for the couch,’
pets, being sixteen, and mental health. Hilborn writes a couple of poems about suicide, and the conflicting nature of it. ‘that place is called the world, and
if you want to live it’s really
the only option. You could choose not to,
but then
where would you get really great sandwiches or listen to Springsteen
with the windows down?’
I love sandwiches as much as I do Springsteen, so interesting viewpoints here.
In poem Welcome to Wall Drug, the words ‘whoever designed this place
was clearly very mentally ill, or
at least in my head,
so in my head it’s great to see that a crazy person
can put together something
so successful and beloved,’
are the exact same words I would return back to Hilborn, he does this with The Future for me. Two of my very favourite poems in this book are the title poem, which just had me shook, and Me, but Happy. This poem has become one of my favourite poems ever written by anyone, ‘I want to thank you for making all the love songs mean something again,’

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My thoughts on Small Stones from the River by Kat Lehmann ( @songsofkat )

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  • Release Date 29th June 2017
  • Average Rating 4.2 / 5 🌟

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Lehmann describes the writing in her book as meditations and micropoems. They seem made for fridge magnets, bookmarks, and greeting cards. In a world that seems increasingly cruel, inhumane, and barbaric Small Stones from the River is encouraging, thought provoking, and inspiring.

The limitations
I place
On the dreams
Of others
Are the same limitations
I place
On myself

One that I personally believe in

Your legacy
is your love

that’s the best thing you do

If ever you needed some word medicine I believe Lehmann’s words, if you truly try to believe in them, will help heal you.

This one:

if you feel
your heart
is eager to rain
bring it a gift
of sunshine instead
and marvel
at the glorious colours
it makes

made me think of the beauty of the rainbow patterns on rained on concrete when the sun comes out.

make a certain peace
with stagnation

ask it to tea
and stare patiently at one another

when it is time to get up
both of you
will know

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My thoughts on Wayward Daughters by Ashly Kim @ashlykimchi

Genre Poetry

Pages 63

Release Date August 15th 2017

Average Rating 4.7 / 5 🌟

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I love to travel, the impermanence of where ‘home’ is, and having nothing, but fast food as an option for sustenance. So I loved this themed book by Ashly Kim. Three sisters are on the road, having left home, and Ashly uses the theme of family, as well as travel, and relationships.

‘oh, the shame

our mother wept

the entire sleepy town knew

the Greene girls had

run away,’

The Greene sisters are deftly shown to have different personalities, and the fun they have, such as in Dust, a poem written entirely in dialogue, as well as their relationships with one another.

‘and Madison read aloud

while Cassie painted

her nails,’

Wayward Daughters always hints at something darker, deeper, beneath the surface, alluding to abuse,

and the sense that when you return, if you return home, you will not be the same person that you were on the eve that you left.





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My thoughts on Semi Colon; by McKayla DeBonis @mckayladebonis


Genre Poetry

Pages 70

Publisher Createspace

Release Date January twelfth 2018

Average Rating 4.6 / 5 🌟

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Split into two chapters of Darkness, and Light, Darkness writes from a place of depression, a possible eating disorder, and emotional turmoil. McKayla does not title her poems, and invites the reader to make these poems our own. They do feel general. There are a few of the poems, like Dear Me that writes,

‘i don’t see you

making it to 18

i don’t see you fulfilling your dreams,’

that really got to me. I also like that McKayla writes a graphic, as it’s happening, incident of self- harm in one of the poems, as it’s not something I find is written about in poetry, and perhaps is too taboo for some people.

Lightness is the balance to that darkness, and a getting back onto your feet,

β€˜but i continued to fight

just so i could have

the last laugh,’

I did feel that McKayla opened herself up to the reader, and Semi-Colon is an unguarded read. It’s honest.

Well presented, illustrated, and edited, McKayla is a poet I cannot wait to read more of.

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My thoughts on Our Own Battles by @ashrosewrites / In your False Kingdom Anne Chivon @PeonyWings


Fed up with other people telling her story she begins to write for herself and for all of those who have had their voices silenced. A collection of poems for strong women, for sapphic women, for women who are sick of being told how to be a women. It’s time to switch up the narrative and come together to write our stories, our struggles, our successes.
Companion chapbook to “In Your False Kingdoms” by Anne Chivon.

Genre Poetry

Pages 36

Publisher Createspace

Release Date February 12th 2018

Average Rating 5.0 / 5 🌟

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Since a young age books have been an important part of this twenty-something author’s life, giving her an escape from reality whenever she needed. Ashley, born, raised in Boston and educated through the city’s public school system, she found her love for writing through her high school English teacher and volunteering in her school’s library nearly every school day for three years. Ashley is a lover of all things cosmic, compassionate, and caffeinated. Tends to think too much and say even more, but when she cannot find the words to say, she writes poetry hoping to get her message across through metaphors and cheesy love notes. Her debut poetry collection, Shattered Pieces, is a collection of poems written over the span of 8 months and will hopefully not be the last you hear from her.


A companion chapbook to Ashley Rose’s Our Own Battles

This chapbook touches on people taking, and telling, other’s stories and trauma while they also ignore the same voices. In Your False Kingdom also brings to light that not everything is always binary, including the “she” these people write about.

Genre Poetry

Pages 36

Publisher Createspace

Release Date February 13th 2018

Average Rating 5.0 / 5 🌟

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Anne Chivon thrives off of historical tv series, great fantasy and scifi books, and games. Most of her time is spent writing poetry that holds an element of cute and creepy, and stories about helpful monsters and magic wielding women. She strives to create works for and about the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as being an advocate for normalizing and destimatizing mental illness.




Our Own Battles Ashley Rose

Another poet I found through Twitter connections, and who is the author of poetry collection Shattered Pieces, as well as this chapbook Our Own Battles, which is a companion to Anne Chivon’s chapbook In your False Kingdom. Download both, for they are absolutely brilliant.

I honestly wish I could have read something like this when I was younger.

‘She’ doesn’t want

your pity or validation

she wants your respect


In your False Kingdom Anne Chivon

I love the title of this chapbook, companion to Ashley’s Rose Our Own Battles, it does tie in with the writing, particularly as you will see by the finish. This book explores the themes of ‘she’, of ‘she’ poets, and I liked the fantasy feel in using words dragons, mermaids, and magic etc.


is whoever ‘She’

desires to be


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