Sad Birds Still Sing
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase
Sad Birds Still Sing is the highly anticipated debut book of poetry from the anonymous author known as ‘Faraway’. With one of the quickest rises to social media stardom in author history, in six short months, Faraway has become one of the most recognizable figures on the platform they write on – Instagram (@farawaypoetry). With a following of 200,000 and growing, Faraway has gained attention and shares from superstars like Jessie J, Brenna D’Amico, and many more. Their writing style is minimalistic, hopeful, and full of life and character. In this debut, Faraway takes the reader on a journey of discovery, with a message of hope as the main artery running through the pages. Sad Birds Still Sing fearlessly dives into the depths of the human condition, tackling topics such as new and old love, loss, depression, self-harm/love/awareness, parenting, dreaming, and much, much more. They are here to prove to the world that every emotion is valid and necessary, and that “it is still beautiful when sad birds sing.”
I have been following Faraway on Instagram for most of the year now and have been enjoying their poetry, so much so that I started wondering when they will be compiling it into a book. Well, they finally did publish a compilation in early October and I snatched it up as quickly as I could 😛
The book is divided into four sections, somewhat thematic, like I’m following a narrative, but the themes mentioned above–of life and love and loss, depression and of the future–are interwoven all throughout. Their poetry is a perfect example of micropoetry, but unlike Leav Lang or Nayyirah Waheed, I feel like Faraway’s poetry is stripped down but still poignant, not bogged down by stylistics or attempts at something…I don’t know how to even describe it. The point is, I can connect to a lot of the poetry that they write; you can feel the longing in their poetry, or at least I felt it. And it’s a reassuring read in that, despite of the lowness expressed in some of the poems, it also reassures that there will be better days, you will find love, it will be okay.
So yeah, if you’re into poetry by Rupi Kaur and others, definitely check out Faraway’s poetry 🙂