#BookReview PRODUCE POETRY OR DIE. by Narada Voux Sanders

PRODUCE POETRY OR DIE. by Narada Voux Sanders is a beautiful collection of poetry that is pure art.

You can tell that the author is an artist with how this excellent collection of poetry is written. I enjoy dipping into the poetry world, especially after taking classes studying poetry for my degree. The world of poetry and peeking inside an author’s mind is just breathtaking. Especially when it’s a poet! Poets are strange creatures that can weave their words with grace in unique patterns. It’s a form of magic, I swear!

This book was no different than my opinion on poetry – it’s pure magic. The themes of pain, love, diversity and fear are all very prevalent. With most poetry, there are going to be some pieces in this book that stand out to you more than others, but that’s okay. Some of the poems I related to on a very personal level, while others I didn’t but could still appreciate. There were stories that I couldn’t relate to but felt strongly for, all because I got to see the author (or voice’s) point of view.

Ethnic degradation, society’s flaws, colonization, and abuse of all forms was all present in this work. You can tell that there was strong feelings behind this set of poetry – much like the title suggests. There’s also all forms of poetry – rhyming, various meters, a story, an interview, a prayer and a glossary. It truly is a mesmerizing collection with a little bit of everything.

Some of my personal notes that I took while reading:

  1. Metrical Venting – raw, real and honest. I really loved the flow of it when you read it aloud (which you should always do with poetry – seriously, sometimes that is the art).
  2. Misafirkist – This felt like a take on colonization and white supremacy.
  3. “Human crimson juice” is my new favourite saying and I will be using it instead of blood.
  4. I’m More Than What You Perceive Me To Be – ridiculously relatable and very important to hear.
  5. Poetic Patience, Closet, PiƱata, F’in’ Flowers – some of my personal favourites.
  6. The White on Dark War – This is an eye opening poem that gives me “The Cattle Thief” by E. Pauline Johnson vibes.

Overall, this set of poetry has miraculous metaphors and was all around awesome (enjoy the alliteration). This felt like a poetry slam written down which is probably why I love it. Plus, the overarching grand themes are done very well!

Five out of five stars!

I received a free copy of this collection from the author, Narada Voux Sanders, in exchange of an honest review.

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#BookReview A Dip in My Ocean by A.G. Stranger

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A Dip in My Ocean is a beautiful collection of poems by A.G. Stranger.

The poems are set against a beautiful backdrop, which really ups the poetry game. It makes it not only read beautifully, but look pleasing to the eye as well.

Some of the poems are hit and miss – I found the first poem War and Love to try to have forced rhymes (far and war, wound and sound), which ironically was my problem back when I wrote poetry in high school. This forced rhyme continued with a few of the works, but if you look past that – they are quite beautiful, some even haunting. Also, some of the white font on the light backgrounds made it hard to read. I think the background pictures are perfect, so maybe change the colour of the font slightly?

My biggest irk (which is a personal one) was that I could only open the file I received on my computer and the poems came up horizontal instead of vertical, so I had a difficult time reading them (tilting my head to the side also made me look quite amusing, according to my neighbors who saw me threw my open window).

I really enjoyed “Behind Her Gaze”, it connected with me on some level. “Senses” and “The Old Days” also really hit me right in the heart – it reminded me of when I lost my Father. “Existential Role” was also incredibly relatable. “The Masks” feels like something I should have read or realized in high school.

Overall, I really enjoyed these poems! I think they are beautifully written and give insight into the author’s mind and world. I think some of the forced rhymes may put readers off, but reading past those and ignoring them really enhance the works.

Four out of five stars!

I received a free copy of this collection of poems from the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

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#BookReview Dreams and Other Lastings by RJ Sobel

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Dreams and Other Lastings was a beautiful set of poems that left me breathless and feeling warm (despite it being the “winter” Season).

I truly loved these poems – I always love a good set of poetry, but I could really relate to these stories. This isn’t a long book, and isn’t filled to the brim with poems, but the content within them makes this small set of poems worth every single word.

Reflection, aging, and memory are just three of the many topics discussed within these poems. I found myself reflecting on my own life and finding ways to see how these poems mirror situations I’ve had. For example, wanting to write someone and letter and reflecting on life, the good and the bad. It was so beautifully written, it almost pains me to think this was the last of the four books (of course, I could find the first three in the series to fill that void to fix that problem).

I 100% recommend Dreams and Other Lastings to anyone who wants a quick read, something to relate to, or just some good, old-fashioned poetry to warm their nights.

Five out of five stars.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

 

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#BookReview Journey Through Love by Tracey Niday

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Journey Through Love was a cute, short book of poetry that illustrates what it’s like to be in love.

I do enjoy some poetry, and this book was a great read! It’s a beautiful collection of poems based on being in love. It was very cute, and had wonderful descriptions! It’s a definite read for someone looking for a short but sweet read!

My one issue with this set of poems was there didn’t seem to be a set theme to the poems. No specific theme other than love – no iambic pentameter, etc. All of the poems seemed to be made the same way – kind of random – and it made me get quite bored. The poetry was beautiful, but I would have loved for the poems to change meter or word choice, anything different to make it unique!

Three out of five stars! Beautifully written, but it didn’t wow my socks off.

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#BookReview Poetry for Strangers by Elisabeth Sharp McKetta

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Poetry for Strangers was a beautiful, breath-taking set of poems!

I loved this little book! It was by far the cutest set of poems I have ever read. Each poem is based on a single word, and tells a wonderful story. All of the stories within the poems are different, but they are flawless and smooth. I couldn’t ask for a better set of poems.

It was by far a quick read, since there are only about 50 poems in this set. But, that doesn’t mean there is a lack of quality since there is a lack in quantity.

Overall, I loved this book!

Four out of five stars!

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