Published January 7th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Not Recommended to: people who have high standards for poetry
A copy was given to me via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is not my cup of tea.
I love poetry and I’m definitely obsessed with music but this didn’t work for me.
Normally, I would finish a poetry book in one or two sittings but this one took me TEN days. Every time I try to pick it up, I end up reading a few poems and putting it back down. More often than not, it made me really sleepy.
I expected the tracks to convey the feelings of each poem but sadly, most of them did not. I’m not saying the songs were not great. But do I want to listen to rap or club music along with reading poetry? No.
(Disclaimer: I like all types of music. You can check my Spotify.)
To me, poetry is a language akin to music. It has to have a certain flow and rhythm to it. The poems in this book didn’t feel like poetry. I love contemporary poetry as much as the next person but judging by the five-star ratings this book got, I’m not sure if we read the same book.
This is a poem from the book.
Is t h i s a new way of e m p h a s i z i n g things? Great poetry doesn’t need this kind of aesthetic if the words are beautiful enough.
Now, this is the kind of contemporary poetry that I like.
I don’t know about you but there’s a big difference to me.
Since I didn’t like Side A, I was really hoping I would at least like Side B. I was excited at the prospect that Side B was blackout poetry taken from Side A.
Again, this book let me down.
If Side A didn’t feel like poetry, Side B was worse.
You are the greatest. That’s it.
I don’t want to sound mean but I just really wanted to give my honest opinion. Writing poetry is really hard and it’s very subjective. I do think a certain poem will appeal to someone who relates to it on a deeper level. I felt detached while reading this and I just wanted to get it over with. Maybe this book just wasn’t for me.
P.S. I made a Spotify playlist of the songs mentioned in this book. This is not complete since some were not available. Feel free to use this while reading the book.