Amanda’s Poetry Collection

Hi, lovelies! I’ve been feeling guilty about all the poetry collections I own and haven’t read anything from yet. My friend, Ari, has gifted me quite a few of these. I love poetry. I found out that I had an undiscovered love for poetry while I was in college. I had to take some poetry writing and reading courses and I focused a bit on modern poetry, which is when I realized that I had all the wrong ideas about poetry. Knowing more about it, and writing some of my own showed me that it’s a form of writing that I do love. So, I started collecting books of poetry while I was in college.

Recently, I unhauled a few collections that I’d owned for a few years and still had yet to pick up even once. I’m trying to get my book collection just to books that I really really love. And that includes the poetry I own. So, I’m hoping to read a few of these before the end of 2021, maybe half of them if I include the ones I’ve started and not finished. I think that’s pretty realistic for me. So, I’m going to list all the titles and authors below and share whether I’ve read them or not.

Selected Poems by Robert Frost
I love Robert Frost. Fire and Ice is one of my all time favorite poems.

Wild Embers by Nikita Gil
I haven’t read this one, but I can’t wait to give it a try. I’ve loved Gil’s other works.

Fierce Fairytales by Nikita Gil
I’m obsessed with this collection. I’ve read the whole thing.

Great Goddesses by Nikita Gil
I’ve read a few poems in this one, but not the whole book.

I Would Leave Me If I Could by Halsey
This is my newest purchase. I love Halsey’s music, so I’m excited to read this one.

Shame is an Ocean I Swim Across by Mary Lambert
I used this one for one of my college classes. I’ve reread quite a few of the poems in this one and they’re all really hard hitting.

Women Are Some Kind of Magic trilogy by Amanda Lovelace
I’m grouping all three of these together. I’ve read the first two in this series and have started the third. I might reread a few of the poems from the first two before try the third to see if I still like them.

To Make Monsters Out of Girls by Amanda Lovelace
I made it about half way through this one and then put it down for some reason.

Shine Your Icy Crown by Amanda Lovelace
This was a complete impulse buy. I’ve seen mixed reviews on this one.

The Day is Ready for You by Alison Malee
Thanks, Ari, for gifting me this one! I follow this author on instagram and I love their stuff.

American Primitive by Mary Oliver
I’ve heard amazing things about this author.

Felicity by Mary Oliver
Same as above. I bought a few by Oliver. But I have actually read this one.

Blue Horses by Mary Oliver
I’ve read a few poems from this one, but not the whole thing.

Pillow Thoughts & Pillow Thoughts II by Courtney Peppernell
I bought these in the early stages of my poetry collecting. I still have yet to pick them up though…

Ordinary Beast by Nicole Sealey
This is one is my favorite collections. I used this one in my college classes as well and I ended up reading the whole thing.

So, this is the entirety of my poetry collection. I’ve read some completely and others I’ve just read a poem or two f rom. But I’m hoping to read them all soon so I have a smaller collection filled with poems I really love. Do you love poetry? Who are some of your favorite lesser known poets?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Love Looks Pretty on You by Lang Leav

GoodReads Summary:
The much anticipated new book by international bestselling author Lang Leav. A breathtakingly beautiful collection of contemporary poetry and prose, offering powerful insights into love, heartbreak, relationships, and self-empowerment.
Filled with wisdom and encouragement, every single page is a testament to the power of words, and the impact they can have on the relationships you build with others. And most importantly, the one you have with yourself.
Lang Leav captures the intricacies of emotions like few others can. It’s no wonder she has been recognized as a major influencer of the modern poetry movement and her writing has inspired a whole new generation of poets to pick up a pen.
Love Looks Pretty on You is truly the must-have book for poetry lovers all over the world.
Review:
I was provided this ARC review copy by the wonderful website that is NetGalley. I recently found Lang Leav’s poetry at the recommendation of a friend and I’m so glad I did.
When I read poetry collections, I like to read a few poems each time I sit down with it. I can’t just read the whole thing in one sitting. I just feel like I don’t get the full effect of the words being shared. With that being said, I read this in three sittings. I just enjoyed the poems so much that I had to force myself to put it down each time I was reading.
Some of my favorites were This Year, Idols, Saltwater, I Know Love, and Why You Fell in Love. They were uniquely written, with ample use of prose. I just felt some of them right in my soul. Some were relatable while others spoke to me on a level I didn’t know I needed.
I definitely recommend this collection to anyone that is a lover of poetry. This collection is full of growth and love and just all of the emotions, done wonderfully.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.