My goal for 2020 was to read a lot more than I did last year. 2019 was a whirlwind, full of a lot of things I never want to repeat, but one thing I really regret was that I didn’t read half as much as I wanted. I also can’t remember what books I read to have no idea what the number officially is, but I know it’s not very big. So, my promise to myself this year was to put my love of literature and books as a top priority. So far so good! We’ve only got two more full weeks of January and I’ve already read 5 books!
The Dark Between The Stars was the first book that I finished this year, it is a book of poetry, so it wasn’t long or difficult but I’m still counting it. It was a gift from my partner for Christmas as he knows how much I love poetry and Atticus’ work in particular. I already own his first book – Love Her Wild – which is one I repeatedly pick up and re-read. So, getting his second book was amazing. I was a little worried that some of the poems would be a rehash of his first book, but I was completely wrong. Each poem is individual but at the same time, they all work together to create a book full of art and beauty.
‘I fell in love with that strange world she was.’ – Atticus
Reading these poems feels like you are slipping into the mind of another person. It’s wild, crazy, and like a rollercoaster, but you get to see how they view the world, in all it’s complexity and beauty. Atticus has a great way of focusing on all the little nuances of humans that people just ignore or think are insignificant. He highlights them as if they are the most perfect part of someone. It’s a gift to be able to see the ordinary as extraordinary, and he makes it easy to see. Some are so personal that I actually felt quite privileged that he wrote these and published them because he wanted others to know that they weren’t alone, and I get to read them and have them influence me in an amazing way.
There is a saying that constantly gets batted around with writers who want to write poetry – ‘poetry does not have to rhyme, poetry does not have to rhyme’ – it’s a simple truth, but people forget it. Some of my favourite poets are ones who write in rhyming verse; Emily Dickinson, William Wordsworth, Robert Frost, John Keats. But, there is a different kind of beauty that gets shown in ‘free verse’ poems.
‘Our love was not meant to be, it would stay forever in unsent letters, dusting in the quiet basements of our hearts.’ – atticus
So, if you struggle to connect with non-rhyming poems then you might not get as much enjoyment out of this book than others. However, if you want to start reading different kinds of poetry than this is the perfect book to start with!
One final thing that made reading this book so wonderful, was the photographs. To compliment some of the poems were some of the most beautifully raw photo’s (all in black and white). It gives you that extra connection with the words, that I adore.
This is the first Book Review for Monday Morning Tea, and it will be a permanent fixture on the blog! I hope you guys enjoy. I also love hearing from you guys so feel free to comment below 🙂