A Great Read to Kick off the New Year!

New American Best Friend
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Title: New American Best Friend
Author: Olivia Gatwood
Type: Poetry
Length: 160 pages
Published by: Button Poetry
Pub date: March 28th, 2017
Source: I purchased a copy for myself from BD.

My Rating: ★★★★★

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The short version: I always get a little nervous whenever I pick up a poetry collection that’s been written by a performance poet. But, in this case, Olivia Gatwood is absolutely incredible in whatever form her poetry takes.Read More »

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A Decent Written Collection From an Incredible Performance Poet

Depression and MAgic Tricks
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Title: Depression and Other Magic Tricks
Author: Sabrina Benaim
Type: Poetry
Length: 160 pages
Published by: Button Poetry
Pub date: Aug 27th, 2017
Source: A digital copy was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating★★★☆☆

 

 


The short version: I cannot recommend Sabrina’s poetry videos highly enough. Her written work… I’m not so sure.Read More »

A Well-Titled Collection for a Great Emotional Roller Coaster

Chaos of Longing
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Title: The Chaos of Longing
Author: K. Y. Robinson
Type: Poetry
Length: 160 pages
Published by: Andrew McMeel Publishing
Pub date: Sept 26th, 2017 (This was an updated and further edited edition of an already published book)
Format: PDF
Source: A digital copy was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating★★★★☆

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The short version: There were a few poems that I might have cut out, but overall, this collection is incredible, and I could find a piece of myself in nearly every poem.Read More »

Truly Praise-Worthy Poetry

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Title: Begin With a Failed Body
Author: Natalie Graham
Type: Poetry
Length: 90 pages
Published by: University of Georgia Press
Pub date: Sept 15th, 2017
Format: PDF
Source: A digital copy was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: ★★★★★

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The short version: This is a fantastic collection of poetry that absolutely deserves the award it was given! (Learn more about the Cave Canem Prize here.)Read More »

ARC Review- The Road Between

The Road Between
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Title: The Road Between
Author: Courtney Peppernell
Type: Poetry
Length: 288 pages (pretty long for a poetry book)
Published by: Andrew McMeel Publishing
Pub date: August 29th, 2017
Format: PDF
Source: A digital copy was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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When I read the synopsis for Courtney Peppernell’s The Road Between, I couldn’t wait to start reading it (plus I love that cover!!). A collection broken into eight parts (the cave, the closet, the sky, the sea, the roads, the mountains, the fields, the home), I expected a book of self-discovery and love through small moments in life. I expected something subtle and nuanced, as self-discovery so often is. I expected to love and connect with this collection of poetry.Read More »

A Great Read for Those in Love With Poetry

The Hour Wasp
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Title: The Hour Wasp
Author: Jay Sheets
Type: Poetry
Length: 88 pages
Published by: April Gloaming Publishing
Pub date: May 28th, 2017
Format: PDF
Source: A digital copy was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: ★★★★★

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The short version: This was a beautiful collection of art and poetry. While I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone, I think people familiar with the genre will love this book.Read More »

A Worthy Prize-Winning Collection

Tremulous Hinge
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Title: Tremulous Hinge
Author: Adam Giannelli
Type: Poetry
Length: 90 pages
Published by: University of Iowa Press
Pub date: April 15th, 2017
Format: PDF
Source: A digital copy was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating★★★★★

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The short version: This was an amazing collection of poetry! While there was a poem or two that kind of threw me off, it’s no surprise that Giannelli’s collection won the Iowa Poetry Prize.Read More »