Meet the Top 5 VIPs at my bookshelf party (top shelf only)…
1 / Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
Like, damn. I have never read anything quite so poignant, so powerful, in my whole life. Kaur perfectly captures the highs and lows of human existence and leaves you wanting more.
“i don’t know what living a balanced life feels like
when i am sad
i don’t cry i pour
when i am happy
i don’t smile i glow
when i am angry
i don’t yell i burn
the good thing about feeling in extremes is
when i love i give them wings
but perhaps this isn’t
such a good thing cause
they always tend to leave
and you should see me
when my heart is broken
i don’t grieve
2 / The Princess Saves Herself in this One
My friend recommended this to me a few months ago, but I didn’t sit down to read it until last week. And, just, wow. It is a poetry collection divided into four different parts. It explores the themes of life, love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, and inspirations.
“if i ever
let her feel
– “no” is short for “fuck off.” “
3 / Mind Platter by Najwa Zebian
Written in the words of a girl who came from Lebanon to Canada at the age of sixteen, is written in the voice of every person who ever felt unheard, mistreated, misjudged or unseen. This is a gorgeous compilation of reflections on life through the eyes of an educator, student and human who experienced most of life in silence.
“To the heart in you, don’t be afraid to feel.
To the sun in you, don’t be afraid to shine.
To the love in you, don’t be afraid to heal.
To the ocean in you, don’t be afraid to rage.
To the silence in you, don’t be afraid to break.”
4 / The Poem She Didn’t Write and Other Poems
A dizzying, whirlwind ride through the world of lost romance, literary criticism, sexual violence and provocation, parenthood, the female body, and more, Davis shocks yet seduces. This poem will indulge your deepest insecurities and leave you questioning the essence of life and love.
“that maiden thump was book on floor, but
does it really matter who kissed who
first or then who decided to go further?
lower? faster? naturally, we took
turns on top. now here, now there, and up
and down…once it started no one even thought to think to stop.
so, we have holes inside our souls,
but mustn’t we begin by filling others’?
god gave us lips and hands and parts
that cannot possibly be saved for prayer. nor by.
i will not name name, claim fame by how well
or who i fucked or why, it happens all the time.
and it’s you, white pilgrim, whom next galehot seeks.
…fuck. we didn’t read again for weeks.”
5 / Beautiful Chaos by Robert Drake
While at times Drake can seem overly “cheesy,” he hits close to home with his beautiful writing on relationships and love. It is what we all want to say yet are too afraid to. It will delight any lover of words.
“She wildly burned for the one she loved and he stood there watching, hoping he too would catch a blaze from the violence stirring in her heart.”
Warning: if you decide to read one of these, have tissues handy.