Recommendations: Poetry

Hey all, Dani here.

Wow. Here we are at my last recommendation post of 2017. I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone by. I guess here is where I should say that I am changing my recommendations up just a little bit in 2018. I have some ideas for posts about card games, board games, dice games, and more that I would recommend to all of you.

Speaking of, if any of you have ideas for more recommendation post topics, feel free to suggest them in the comments section.

Okay, well today I am recommending a genre I don’t read very often, though I’m trying to work on that a bit. I pretty much was put off it for a while because of school. Poetry in my opinion should be absorbed and felt, not dissected and analyzed. So, I apologize for not having as many recommendations as I normally would. If you have any poetry recommendations for me, please leave them in the comments. Thanks!

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Pop Sonnets by Erik Didrikson

Okay, so this one is fun for fans of popular songs and also fans of Shakespeare. This lovely little volume takes songs like Bohemian Rhapsody and alters it so that it fits the rhyme scheme and meter of a Shakespearean sonnet. I absolutely loved reading this. It’s actually really fun to choose some of these at random and read them out loud to your friends to see if they can guess the song before you get to the end of the poem.

 

Milk and Honey and The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

While I liked Rupi Kaur’s first release a bit better than her second, I think they are both intriguing reads, and I’m glad I listened to recommendations to give this poet a try. Many of the poems are short, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t pack a punch for the reader. In fact, I’d give the statement that the shorter ones have a bit more of an emotional impact, or at least they did for me. Plus, Rupi Kaur also does her own illustrations to accompany the poems. Slight warning though, not all of the illustrations may be appropriate in public, at work, etc.

 

Inhale the Night, Night Poems, Haiku in the Night, and Sleeping with Earth by Ben Ditmars

These four poetry collections are by a local author friend of mine, and I picked the first three up at a book signing, and then the last one I picked up at our local bookstore. The fun thing about my copy of Inhale the Night is that it was actually the only copy he had left with him and it was actually his proof copy from CreateSpace, so in a way it is very unique. The pages all have the PROOF watermark across the center.

But anyway, Ben Ditmars has many good poems in each of his collections, and I like that Night Poems, Haiku in the Night, and Inhale the Night contain lengthier poems that are broken into parts that span across each of the books. And I enjoy the night themes that permeate the collections. And you all know that I will always try and help support self-published authors and indie authors.

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the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace

This one is apparently the start of a trilogy of poetry collections, so I look forward to seeing what the next two installments contain. I definitely preferred the lighter in tone poems to the ones about abuse, self-harm, suicide, and more. But I can absolutely see where this is an important read, and where it could be so helpful to so many people out there.


Well, I am sorry that this is a somewhat shorter recommendation post than normal. I guess this shows that I need to try and read more poetry in the future.

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