A Mirror to the Soul: The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran Review

Sometimes, there are books that are just too beautiful to describe. The Prophet is one of them.

I will be honest with you. I didn’t know who Kahlil Gibran was until I came across this quote on Tumblr.

“How beautiful to find a heart that loves you, without asking you for anything, but to be okay.”

I loved it so much that I searched for his other works and stumbled across The Prophet.

Review: Love Looks Pretty on You by Lang Leav

Lang Leav is not for me.

I read my first Lang Leav book, Love & Misadventure, when I was broken-hearted (ha ha) and I loved every bit of it. But looking back, I’m not even sure if I would still think the same way if I read it again. My standard for poetry has changed and Lang Leav is not enough for me anymore.

I tried to give it a chance. I really did. I tried to feel the emotions that the poems were supposed to convey. But I just couldn’t do it.

Review: Sisters’ Entrance by Emtithal Mahmoud

If you had the power to make your voice heard, what would you say?
For Emtitha “Emi” Mahmoud, it is everything the world refused to.

This is the hardest poetry book I had to review. I tried many times to think of the right words to say but often came up empty. I thought I just couldn’t think clearly but then I realized I was afraid. Afraid that I didn’t get the message, afraid that I understood it wrongly. Because this is a powerful book. This is not meant for entertainment. This is meant to wake you up.

Pillow Thoughts Review: A Poem for Every Feeling

I believe poetry is a personal form of art that is subjective. It makes you feel things when it hits close to home. This book is no exception.

I found out about this book when I saw a post from a Twitter account I follow called Poems Porn. I read the last entry in the book entitled Looking for Ice Cream and I knew I needed to read more.

I wanted to like this more than I did. But for me, this is the kind of poetry that you either relate to or you don’t.

Review: I Wrote This For You

This is great to read when you’re feeling melancholic at 3 AM and can’t sleep.

I read this in one sitting. It was hard not to.

This would have been perfect if not for the pictures.

Some were creepy. Or just a blurry mess that you can’t make out. Not to mention the cover that looks something straight out of a horror movie.

Don’t get me wrong, though. There were still some good ones that give off the right vibe.

But the words, the words were something else. It makes you feel things. It makes you think. Which is where I found myself at 4 AM after reading the book, still unable to sleep and thinking about life while listening to indie music.

Review: Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately

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 sitting or in a few days when I’m busy 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. In fact, some of them were good. But do I want to listen to rap or club music along with reading poetry? No.

Review: Memories

I had high expectations for this but sadly, it didn’t live up to it.

I read her first book, Love & Misadventure and all I can remember is that I liked it. I wonder if my standard for poetry has changed or if that book was just better. This one is a compilation of the best pieces from her two previous books but the ones that I’ve already read has lost its appeal to me.

Good poetry should be something that gets better the more you read it —which is the reason why I’ve memorized my favorite pieces— and this book failed in that aspect.

Mostly, it seemed like it was just sentences separated into lines to resemble a poem.