do you love books in verse? i’ve written about why i do

 


Book Review

Toffee by Sarah Crossan 4/5

The poem format Sarah Crossan uses to write Toffee works well with the story. It covers important subjects too, such as abusive relationships, identity and peer pressure. I read it in one afternoon and couldn’t find any faults with it, other than it ended. Yep, that’s why I’m knocking a star off of my review, because the book ended – I am that petty (not really) 

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I love books written in a poem format. I think so many people feel poetry is niche, academic, boring, not something that is easy to understand etc. etc. and of course that is reflected in how poetry is taught to us. I remember all the silly poems that I read as a kid, which were was mainly rhymes. I grew up – thinking that’s all poetry was, rhyming. I studied two poems for my English GCSE. That made me hate poetry because we all were taught was to dissect these two poems. To find all these hidden meanings that the poems held. I mean, maybe the poet was thinking about his tuna sandwich for lunch and it isn’t that deep?
Therefore when I all of a sudden got these ideas in my head for poems after I had left school, I was shocked. Where has this come from? I thought. I wrote my first six poems. I started to read Allen Ginsberg. The rest is … history, as they say. There’s nothing that excites me more (well, there is pizza and a freshly made bed) than opening a book and seeing the poem on a page, ready for me to learn from. Because poetry inspires me, I just love the format now, it appeals to me. I love how expressive it is. I love how you can write poetry and it’s much freer than fiction, which seems stuck in rigid lines. Poetry really wiggles and jiggles on the page.

Yes, I know.

To return to my point, I think it is great that novels in poem or verse form are seemingly becoming more frequently published. It normalises it. And maybe more people will realise how cool poetry is.


Speaking of which I was recently approved for an ARC of Blood Moon by Lucy Cuthew and to be published by Walker books. I think it is released in September. I started reading it yesterday and omg, already in love and am only five pages in. The blurb I copied below and here is a pre-order (affiliate)link and add to your Goodreads here 

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A timely feminist YA novel in verse about periods, sex, shame and going viral for all the wrong reasons.

BLOOD MOON is a YA novel about the viral shaming of a teenage girl. During her seminal sexual experience with the quiet and lovely Benjamin, physics-lover and astronomy fan Frankie gets her period – but the next day a gruesome meme goes viral, turning an innocent, intimate afternoon into something sordid, mortifying and damaging.

Four Questions with Amanda N. Butler

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Four Questions with

Amanda N. Butler

1. Tell us about you, and your writing (themes, influences, etc.)

I write poetry but I also have an interest in fiction. I brought those two loves together in my verse novel. My chapbooks of poetry tend to be more whimsical and mystical than my fictional poetry – my first chapbook with Dancing Girl Press, Tableau Vivant, is about flowers and the performance of acting the adult as an early twenty-something. My second chapbook, effercrescent, focuses on the moon and the feminine. My mini-chapbook with Origami Poems Project, How A Fairy Gets Her Wings, mixes new mythology on fairies with feeling enough confidence in yourself to grow and fly.

2. What are some of the ways in which you promote your work, and do you find these add, or eat into, your time writing?

I primarily use Twitter and Facebook to market my book (I almost always forget I have Instagram!) synthesized with my blog. When it’s just a quick share on social media, it’s not as time consuming as sitting down and writing out a full blog (and formatting it!). I usually try to write at least once every few days.

3. What projects are you working on at present?

I’m currently in the planning stage of the sequel to The Mermarium (one hint: wings!) and I’m writing a collection of poems about anxiety. I also want to write a collection about ballet. I have no shortage of projects at the moment!

4. What does poetry mean to you?

At the risk of sounding cliche, poetry is like air to me. I need to write poetry like I need to breathe. I’ve been writing poetry for almost 13 years and it’s a constant companion.


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