Published: November 1st 2017 by Central Avenue Publishing
Genre: Poetry | Prose
Recommended to: people who like melancholic prose and poetry
If anyone asks me what the most beautiful book I own is, it’s this.
I don’t know about you but I like my poetry books pretty. And this book is exactly how I want them to be. I believe this edition can be considered as a coffee table book. It has the glossy paper, the beautiful pictures, and the excellent writing.
I have a confession to make. When I can’t sleep at night, I read poetry. And more often than not, I go to this author’s blog.
This book is a collection of the author’s works for over a decade. Since I’m a frequent visitor of his website and I read his previous work, I Wrote This For You, I am familiar with some of the entries. But most of them were new to me.
If you want to read this book, I have an advice for you: Do not read this in one sitting. Normally, I would finish a poetry or prose collection in a matter of hours. But this book is not meant for it. For one, it has soooo many entries and for another, it is meant to be devoured bit by bit. The entries have an overall feel and reading them in succession will feel like reading the same thing over and over again.
I admit that this collection is not perfect. There were entries — especially the short ones — which I felt were nothing special.
The Excuse for Your Company
I was wondering if you had a second. To talk about anything at all.
But there were also some that packed a punch in just a few lines.
The Person You Are Is Better Than The Ghost You Were
If the person you wished existed doesn’t, then that is who you must become.
The Shop That Lets You Rent Happiness
“This is the one,” the universe assures me from behind the counter.
“But I thought you said the last one was the one,” I reply.
“No,” says the universe. “I sold you that one so you would know that this, this is the one.”
“Is there another one?” I ask the universe.
“I can’t tell you,” they reply. “It’d ruin the surprise.”
The Tour Of The Impenetrable Fortress
“What type of building is this? Why would you hide all the beautiful things inside where no one can see them? From the outside, all I see is pipes and bricks, broken and rusted scaffolding, dirt and grime. No one would want to enter this place.”
“Because I live inside. And other people, live outside.”
Here are some of the other entries that I loved.
I believe this book is not for everyone and will only appeal to those who can relate to this kind of writing.
If you are wondering whether you should buy this or not, I suggest that you read the author’s blog first and decide on whether the “you” they were talking about is really you.
What about you? What qualities do you look for in poetry?