VIPs [very important poetries]

Meet the Top 5 VIPs at my bookshelf party (top shelf only)…

1 / Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

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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

i shatter” 

 

2 / The Princess Saves Herself in this One

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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

have a 

daughter,

the first

thing

i will 

teach her 

to love

will be 

the word

“no”

i will

not 

let her feel

guilty 

for using 

it.

– “no” is short for “fuck off.” “

 

3 / Mind Platter by Najwa Zebian

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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

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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

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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. 

Much love,

Abi ❤


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