Tag: Books: Poetry

Review: Shifting Bone

Posted 20 November, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Shifting Bone
By: Alison Malee
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Shifting Bone works to make familiar again all the pieces of one’s self that were almost forgotten. This collection speaks of one’s aching for the unknown, the desperate need to become known to ourselves, and just how healing love can be.

Alison Malee writes of love, heartache, and healing with a truthful and delicate touch.

This collection is for anyone who has ever felt lost and for those who were triumphant in finding themselves along the way.

I was eyeing this book some time ago as I followed the poet on Instagram. As I mentioned on another post, I’m always on the lookout for new poets to check out so I was quite excited to read this book and more or less devoured this collection in one weekend back in October.

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So You Want to Read… (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Posted 17 November, 2017 by Lianne in Lists / 0 Comments

So You Want to Read… is a monthly feature here on eclectictales.com in which I recommend books by particular authors to readers who have never read a book from certain authors and would like to start. I’m always happy to recommend books and certain authors to my fellow readers and bloggers! πŸ™‚

And here we are, it’s November…For this edition of So You Want to Read…, I decided to feature Rainer Maria Rilke (see author tag). His poetry seems fitting for these autumn days when the temperatures are getting cooler, the days are getting shorter, and you’ve broken out your sweaters and off to Starbucks for their seasonal items. I got around to reading his poetry in 2015 and just fell in love with his work and the nature imagery and his choice of words to express certain feelings…Anyway, here’s my recommendations on where to start if you’ve never read any of his work:

  • The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Briggs (review) — This is the only novel he’s every written and it’s more of an experience as the main character finds himself reminiscing about the past and experiences he had. All the while he’s meditating on a number of different topics and ideas. And did I mention it was beautifully written? πŸ™‚
  • Letters to a Young Poet — I could’ve sworn I had reviewed it at some point as a mini-review but anyway, definitely required reading for everyone who’s into writing. His letters are encouraging, thoughtful and meditative, and overall just a boost-me-up especially when you find yourself wondering if your writing will make it or if it’s worth it. It’s also an interesting look at the way he approaches writing.
  • Duino Elegies (review) — I read this as part of The Poety of Rilke (see review). This one stood out for me with the mix of nature and religious themes, the contemplation of life, death, and existence, and contains some of the most stunning lines I’ve read from him. Of all of his poetry, it’s a good place to start just to get a sense of how he writes an what he writes about.

And that’s my list! I hope it helps πŸ™‚ If you’ve read any of Rainer Maria Rilke’s works, which one is your favourite? Which would you recommend for first-time readers? Or which books have you been meaning to get around to reading? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! πŸ™‚

Review: The Last Time I’ll Write About You

Posted 16 November, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Last Time I’ll Write About You
By: Dawn Lazuna
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Should I be
That my only idea
Of love

The title of this book was the first thing that caught my attention…Well, second, after seeing it pop up every so often whenever I’m browsing Amazon for new self-published poetry. Anywho, I eventually caved as the title sort of lingered in my mind for some time and picked up a copy some time ago.

This book is divided into several sections that more or less trace her relationship with her significant other, from the early days to its demise. Her poetry is earnest, about those lingering feelings, the push-pull that comes to define the later stages of their relationship; by the end of the collection you have a vague sense of what the relationship was like, the fractures that emerged, the hurt that came with the gradual distance, and the memory and lessons that she came to learn. The final poem was pretty powerful in that sense of finality, that she got the hurt off her chest and she’s ready to completely move on.

Overall I enjoyed this collection (and the size was so cute, I have to say /complete aside). There were a few poems that really stood out for me, the imagery she used, and of course that last poem. I’d recommend it if you’re looking for an indie poet to read.

Rating: ★★★½☆

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Review: the sun and her flowers

Posted 24 October, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 1 Comment

the sun and her flowers
By: Rupi Kaur
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

rom 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.

this is the recipe of life
said my mother
as she held me in her arms as i wept
think of those flowers you plant
in the garden each year
they will teach you
that people too
must wilt
in order to bloom

At long last, Rupi Kaur’s second poetry collection is out! Firstly, I have to say, I’m impressed how the book cover is similar to the first book…I also love the currogated texture of the book cover, much better than the first collection where the material left fingerprints and everything everywhere O_o Yes, these are all things that I notice O_O

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Review: Poems by W.H. Auden

Posted 18 October, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

W.H. Auden: Poems Selected by John Fuller
By: W.H. Auden
Format/Source: Hardback; my purchase

W. H. Auden (1907-73) came to prominence in the 1930s among a generation of outspoken poets that included his friends Louis MacNeice, Stephen Spender and C. Day Lewis. But he was also an intimate and lyrical poet of great originality, and a master craftsman of some of the most cherished and influential poems of the past century.

W.H. Auden is one of those poets that I often heard about but I hadn’t gotten around to until I picked up this collection. I chose this collection in particular because it matched my copy of Sylvia Plath’s Ariel (review)–same series, I mean–and I thought it was a good way to get a selection of his poetry without immediately delving into his entire body of work.

It’s a pretty eclectic collection of his work spanning his entire career. The themes vary, some of them playful and some of them serious and touching on the subject of the world wars. I found his early poems to be especially interesting in capturing the confusion and the emotions and the bleakness that comes with the wars. The poem by him that still sticks with me is the poem that I first read by him:

Funeral Blues

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message ‘He is Dead’.
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood;
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

There were a few other poems however that struck me–alas, can’t seem to find the titles of them at the moment as I type them–as they were very much applicable now as they were back then.

All in all, if you’re new to Auden’s poetry, I would recommend checking out this title first as it’s a good place to start.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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