Tag: Books: Poetry

Review: Sad Birds Still Sing

Posted 27 December, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Sad Birds Still Sing
By: Faraway
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 πŸ˜›

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 πŸ™‚

Rating: ★★★★½

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Review: Shifting Bone

Posted 20 November, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 2 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 / 1 Comment

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 / 2 Comments

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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