Lang Leav returns with a second book of poetry that is made to sit beside your bed on the nightstand almost like a sort of dream-catcher to sing you to sleep when sleep is hard to come by.
Lullabies showcases a stronger writer as Leav’s poetry in this collection is very melancholy but highly emotive.
One of my favorites in this collection is Her Words because it is a poem about a girl who writes, need I say more.
When I was a junior in college, I finally had my own room for the first time in my life.
Naturally, I was excited for how I would decorate my sacred dwelling since the choice was solely mine.
I decided I wanted to have a poetry wall in one corner of my room and who’s poetry was showcased along the long wall near my door but the Tumblr poet, Lang Leav. Soon after this, I found out she was publishing her first poetry book and I was totally stoked for her as I had followed her literary career from the ground up.
Boasting hand-drawn artwork and poetry from the author, Love & Misadventure is a book anyone who is hopeful for love despite all their misadventures and mistakes in love should own, and wants to reminisce every emotion that entails.
I admit to Instagram stalking Nikita Gill and her poetry.
The first time I ever read a poem by Ms. Gill I was in awe.
Then, a few months later, NetGalley sent me an email blast to tease new books
Normally, I delete them without reading because I have a queue of 80 books, do I really need anymore books?
The voice in my head always whispers, “Yes!”
This time I was glad I opened it as I had the chance to read Nikita Gill’s book Wild Embers.
Since this National Poetry Month, I figured this was the perfect time to share my review and reaction to Wild Embers.
Basically, it is a well-rounded book of poetry. There was only like five poems I did not read but skim so that to me says that the sparks I was ingesting lit a fire within me that I felt the burn within each sinew of my bones.
And I remembered my identity: a supernova burning bright to discover pathways and planets uncharted, in order to make a new way for those that come after me.
My absolute favorite poem in the collection was this one because it made me cry which sometimes leads to a clearer perspective:
I’ll be honest, I’m not Rupi Kaur’s biggest fan
I definitely came around to seeing her talent more so with her second poetry collection The Sun and Her Flowers
With this collection, Rupi discusses some of the relationship she delved into in Milk and Honey but in more of a metaphorical way with talking between the lines about the aftershocks of love (especially love that doesn’t last) instead of a literal way with imagery of sex.
It is apparent that Kaur believes sex equals love in some shape or form, but she does do a fantastic job of discussing society’s perception of using sex to get someone to love you, when they are all wrong for you.
Discussed in this poetry collection are themes of love, grief, self-abandonment, honoring one’s roots, and empowering oneself.
My favorite poem in the entire collection was “What Love Looks Like” because of the word choice Kaur uses to poetic describe love by using dialogue she may or may have actually had within the walls of a therapist’s office.
So many women have daddy issues because their dad didn’t give them love in a healthy way which makes young girls go out for looking for love in all the wrong faces, and almost becoming society’s biggest joke because of it.
Love sometimes gives us all rose-colored glasses but the worst part of heartbreak is having to remove them and come to terms with the reality that you fell in love with an idea of someone who didn’t really exist. And that hurts you more than them because you almost feel as though you can’t trust your own judgement anymore for a while.
Subjectivity is poetry’s secret talent. Whether or not you find the words on the paper poetry, if a poet labels it poetry, no one can argue that it isn’t because poetry unlike fiction is more for the free-spirited and those who are exploring it’s free range in the field of writing.
For example, my favorite poet is Lang Leav and my sisters are die-hard Rupi Kaur fans.
Poetry has to use the right combination of imagery and emotion, and has to make me feel like I read something that was between the lines on the page. Few people can achieve the knock me off my feet feeling with their poetry but for me, Lang Leav comes pretty darn close.
With La La Love, Katie Lewington is in a league all her own. All poems within the chapbook showcase the different levels of vulnerability love unravels in us as we experience it within a relationship or develop the feelings.
Picture this was one of my favorites because it reads like a spoken word poem. It has rhythm, cadence, and an overall musicality that could be performed. This also further proved that Lewington’s talent for poetry was multi-faceted, and although her book was themed with love poems, she could have you in a crowded pub or restaurant aware of every sound or gesture made by the people that were inhabiting the space between the walls.
Katie Lewington was recently featured in a poetry anthology called
It is a book of mental health themed poetry with proceeds that are going toward the mental health charity out of the UK, Mind. Click the image above in order to purchase the anthology.
Today, I sit down and ask a few quick questions of poet and author Mercy Jane Ballesteros, she is the author of recently reviewed “Love In Between” which you can check out more about here.
How did you realize your love of writing?
Mercy: I started writing at the age of seven and from then on it has been my passion as well as a part of my life.
I noticed that you are only 21 years young. As someone who published her first two novels myself while still in high school, what motivates you to be so young and ambitious? Did you notice that people criticized you for being young and published?
What inspires the writings in Love In Between?
Mercy: Most of the short stories are about my experiences since I got sick at thirteen and through writing I can pour out my emotions best. I am a homeschooled student since 2010 and I seldom go out so whenever I meet someone I will write poems about them or may it be songs as long as I am inspired it [and] it comes naturally.
I noticed even your short stories read like poetry because they are so eloquent in word choice and syntax. What do you love writing more: poetry or prose?
Mercy: Poetry. I love writing it better than prose.
What inspired “The Last Days of My Life” piece within Love In Between?
I fell into depression and got sick at thirteen. I wrote that as if I was going to die due to the agony I felt but “The Last Days of My Life” also narrates how I accepted my illness and I know that I am loved, and I am satisfied of what was given to me.
You are currently studying Marketing in college. What are your goals with your degree once you complete it?
Mercy: I am on my 4th year and will graduate on 2019. I am a stock market and foreign exchange trader, so I will continue to trade and seek investors for my future company. I will also focus on my writing career and continue improving my writing style.
Would you say being from the Philippines finds its way into the heart of your work?
Mercy: Yes. My country is my pride.
If you could chat with one person living or dead, who would it be and why?
Mercy: My Dear Lord Jesus Christ. He gave me life and loved me unconditionally. He is my guide, my light. He never left my side. I love My Lord.
Do you have any other books out or projects forthcoming? How can readers connect with you best?
I am currently writing another novel and an autobiography. Through the books I’ve written, I wanted to inspire the readers by stories that would captivate their hearts. With every word perceived, the reader and I, somehow, we have and through those pages, met.
Any advice for a young amateur or someone who has an idea but isn’t sure it will survive the cutthroat market?
Every successful person will advise every dreamer to never give up, never give in and never let go. I may not be successful yet, but If I were to ready someone I would utter the same words as I believe that success begins with a fellow’s will.
Written in vignette-style sections and sonnet-like eloquence, “Love In Between” showcases strong writing from a young author who also makes a statement about young love being very real, and practically unavoidable.
With themes of young love, unrequited love, and torturous heartbreak, even loving someone who pines for someone else, Mercy’s poetry gives me still the same “you aren’t alone,” calm sensation that I have while reading the work of International best-sellers like Lang Leav.
Mercy’s poetry overall will leave you falling in love with the writer behind the few but powerful words.
CALLING ALL POETS and MICROPOETS! April is National Poetry Month and as always, I celebrate all month long by showcasing a new poem every day on my social media pages and by reviewing primarily poetry books all month long. So if you are a poet who knows it, and you have a book already out or about to come out, please email me by March 26, 2018 to be featured for the month of April. And yes, you get to skip the wait list line for free due to the high demand!
Send me your poetry graphics, Instagram poet recommendations, and poetry book review requests to firstname.lastname@example.org
So much love,
The Smart Cookie
I started this book because it was a book of poetry but then the poetry became me. My life flashed before my eyes with each poem and I was enthralled, entranced, yet enlightened with the work of this young poet.
Discussing themes of self-image, society’s ideas of beauty, love, ideas of love, learning to love oneself, spiritual maturity. All in all, this poetry book made me realize that I DO in fact love my love and will wait as long as it takes to love someone worthy of that love again.
Below is my favorite poem in the book entitled Ex Lover. Sorry it got a little cut off when I scanned it.
Here are some of my favorite quotes: