Hey, hi, HELLO!! And welcome to the new Read and Seek website. I’m so excited about the new look because I genuinely think it’s more ME. Also, I coded the entire thing myself which was awesome! #shamelesspromo
You may have noticed that the last couple of weeks my posts were all over the place and I wasn’t being consistent with my posting times. The truth is that June was a rough month for me and I’m only now starting to get back into the swing of things. So hopefully it will settle into something a bit more normal around here.
But on to today’s post…
I don’t think I ever mentioned it on this space before, but during my teen years I was somewhat of a ‘poet’. Okay, calling my teen-self a poet is quite the stretch, but I did enjoy expressing myself through words on paper. And it even rhymed! Hah!
No, I’m not going to bust out my lines because it is pretty cringey, lol!
Here’s the thing though – I love poetry. I always have. But somewhere along the line I lost touch with it all and haven’t really looked back on it.
Until a few months ago when I finally read the heavily hyped poetry book, Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur.
This book made me fall in love with poetry all over again and just reminded me why it meant so much to me all those years ago.
So today, I’d like to share some poetry books that have made their way onto my TBR list! Let’s get straight to it:
The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace
“Ah, life- the thing that happens to us while we’re off somewhere else blowing on dandelions & wishing ourselves into the pages of our favorite fairy tales.”
A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. Explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations.
Heart: An Insight Into Our Ability to Love, Hurt, Forgive and Move on by Ayesha Khan
A collection of poems exploring our ability to love, hurt, forgive and move on.
(I don’t know much about this book because I haven’t really heard anything about it; but one of my favourite bookstagrammers, @maliemania, spoke about it a couple of times and it sounds incredible.)
Letters to You by Almaz A.
Some people spend a lifetime looking for someone to call home. I found you.
Letters to You is Almaz’s debut poetry collection that narrates her journey to finding love by experiencing fear, hesitation, courage and ultimately letting herself freefall into the arms of her soulmate.
Love Her Wild: Poems by Atticus Poetry
The first collection of poetry by Instagram sensation Atticus.
Love Her Wild is a collection of new and beloved poems from Atticus, the young writer who has captured the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of avid followers on his Instagram account @atticuspoetry, including superstars like Karlie Kloss and Shay Mitchell. He was dubbed the “#1 poet to follow” by Teen Vogue and “the world’s most tattoo-able” poet by Galore magazine, in Love Her Wild, Atticus captures what is both raw and relatable about the smallest and the grandest moments in life: the first glimpse of a new love in Paris; skinny dipping on a summer’s night; the irrepressible exuberance of the female spirit; or drinking whiskey in the desert watching the rising sun. With honesty, poignancy, and romantic flair, Atticus distills the most exhilarating highs and the heartbreaking lows of life and love into a few perfectly evocative lines, ensuring that his words will become etched in your mind—and will awaken your sense of adventure.
Salt by Nayyirah Waheed
Salt is a journey through warmth and sharpness. This collection of poetry explores the realities of multiple identities, language, diasporic life & pain, the self, community, healing, celebration, and love.
Your Soul is a River by Nikita Gill
This is a book about the journey of healing from trauma and becoming whole again.
Directions: apply to your soul gently, whilst sitting under the stars.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age—and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (“I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare”) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.
Poetic and powerful, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read.
The sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur
From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself.
Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.
this is the recipe of life
said my mother
as she held me in her arms as i wept
think of those flowers you plant
in the garden each year
they will teach you
that people too
in order to bloom
Are there any poetry books on your TBR? And what do you think of the new look? Please let me know in the comments below!