(A late Merry Christmas to those who celebrated!)
For Christmas, I just wanted to share some of the beautiful poetry books I received from my family. Of course I asked for more books and DVD’s to add to my piles of them already in my room. One day my ceiling might actually collapse from all the books I have up there…
The three books I was most excited for were the poetry books I asked for, Bone, written by Yrsa Daley Ward, Nejma, written by Nayyirah Waheed, and Home, written by Clementine Von Radicks.
I had found out about these poets mostly through seeing experts of their poetry on tumblr. I kept coming across the same quote/short poem by Waheed, and I loved it so much I embroidered it onto a piece of material.
In just a few words she managed to create such strong emotion within me, I knew I had to read more of her work.
Nemja, the poetry book of hers I got for Christmas, is beautiful not just on the inside but on the outside too. I love the celestial feel to the cover and the way it feels when I run my hand across it.
A lot of the poetry in Nemja has, like the cover, a beautiful empyrean feel…if that makes any sense at all. Most incredibly short and powerful, maybe they could even be seen as flash poetry? Sentence poetry? I don’t know, but with each turn of the page the words left a lasting mark.
Bone, is also has a beautiful cover. I love the simplicity of it, yet it’s still bold and representative of what’s inside.
I absolutely adored Bone. I read every poem from cover to cover in what seemed like no time at all, so I read them all again.
Home was a beautiful read, I read some of the poems over and over again as if they were prayers, like one titled “I am Jealous of Your Tattoos.”
So this has not really been an attempt at reviewing these books because I have no idea how to review poetry, nor do I think that I would be able to describe how beautiful and moving and substantial they really were. But seeing as I found out about these beautiful poet’s and poetry books through social media, maybe I can recommend them to some of you!
Recommend me some of your favorite poetry, books, films…anything, below!