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.

milk and honey & the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur

Milk and Honey Summary:
milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.
The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

The Sun and her Flowers Summary:
From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself.
Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.
Review:
I am not a bookworm that usually enjoys reading poetry. So this will likely be a short and a little unusual sort of review. I don’t have enough to say about these collections to review them as two separate books, but they’re by the same author so I thought it would be acceptable to review them in one post together.
Like I said above, I don’t usually like poetry so these are not books that I would pick out for myself to read or pay money to own. The only reason I read these two poetry collections was that a fellow bookworm sent me the ebooks for free. Even though poetry isn’t a top choice for me, these two books have gotten enough hype and attention to peak my interest. I read these purely because they were free and I wanted to see what everyone was going crazy over.
All of this being said, I was honestly pleasantly surprised with milk and honey as well as the sun and her flowers. I surprised myself by actually liking them. I read milk and honey so quickly, I just couldn’t get enough. I took a little longer with the sun and her flowers so that I could really give it a chance. I liked these poems way more than I thought I was going to. They were honest and meaningful and really hit all the right emotions to be memorable. They spoke of challenging topics in a way that says it’s okay to talk about these ideas that for some unknown reason have become controversial. These words aren’t what you’d expect when you think of traditional poetry and I think that’s why so many people love them, they’re easy to read and relatable. I think they’re a great example of more modern and contemporary poetry.
While I was surprised by the fact that I did actually like these two poetry collections I don’t want to leave the impression that I’m over the moon about them like many others are. I liked them, I didn’t love them. I don’t generally like poetry at all. But some of the poems in these two collections were a bit simple and more like sentences than poems.
Ultimately, I liked (not loved) these two collections. I didn’t think I was going to like them at all, so that’s great. I would love to hear some opinions from those readers out there that genuinely love poetry. What did you poetry lovers think of these more modern ideas of poetry? Be sure to let me know in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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