2016/12/07

BOOK REVIEW:
PENGUIN MODERN POETS 1

Title: Penguin Modern Poets 1: If I'm Scared, We Can't Win
Authors: Emily Berry, Anne Carson, Sophie Collins
Published: 2016
Language: English
Pages: 103
Rating: 2/5


Summary:
In this collection, we look at selected poetry by three different modern poets.


Review:
I think this series of books are great, as they give an introduction to new poets. The idea is fantastic and I think it works well - I was just a bit unfortunate with this one, as most of the poetry wasn't really my cup of tea. But I got to try a little chunk of something new from three different authors, which I think is great.

My favorite poetry in this was the poems by Emily Berry. I found them the most relatable, while I'm afraid the rest of the poetry went a bit over my head, which is something that often happens with modern poetry for me. Nothing really blew me away though, and I can't say I've found any new favorites.

The one I liked the most was Picnic by Berry. It's a bit long, so here is the first part of it:

If you are not happy, the sea is not happy
It sulks in and out of the bay
I lie on the bed or stand at the window watching the sea
Why must we destroy what we do
Watching the sea is like watching something in pieces continually striving to be whole
Imagine trying to pick up a piece of the sea and show it to a person
I tried to do that
All that year I visited a man in a room
I polished my feelings
Sometimes I think if the devil came and offered to swap me into some other body without me knowing what I'd be getting I'd say... sure
And, sure, I believe in the devil
p. 26

Overall, I'm glad I read this and I'm really excited to read the next one. I also have to point out that I really like the way this is published and that they've mixed up the poetry in different ways to read. I would recommend it if you like modern poetry and want to check out some new authors.
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2016/12/06

TOP 5:
NON-FICTION BOOKS I WANT TO READ IV

This year so far has really been a discovery for me when it comes to nonfiction, as you're probably aware if you follow me around the interwebs, so I have yet another list of nonfiction books I want to read sometime soon.

You can check out the other parts here: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

Bad Girls Throughout History by Ann Shen


This book contains facts about 100 different women who have all changed the world in one way or another, and it contains watercolor art along the way. Badass women plus art? Yes please.

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger


This is a psychology book that takes a look at post traumatic stress disorder and the challenges faced by returning veterans from war. 

The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan


I have been looking for a book about the silk road for ages and I finally found this! It deals with history and the meeting of the east and the west and I think it sounds amazing.

All The Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister


This book is about the sexual, economic and emotional lives of women in America and traces the history of unmarried and late-married women in history who have radically changed our nation. I think this sounds absolutely fascinating as I generally find marriage and their effect on women interesting. 

Ego Is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday


This is a historical and psychological book about the human ego, it's effect on us all and what we can do if we let it go.

Do you have any nonfiction books you want to read soon?
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