My first set of Atticus poetry. This should be our official first set of two reviews a week again. (I know last week we had two, but have you ever known me to split up a series before?)
Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.
That being said… Spoilers ahead.
Love Her Wild by Atticus
Blurb From The Book
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.
Initial Thoughts Before Reading:
My friend and I went to B&N a few weeks back and she was dying to buy some poetry for some self healing. (She has since grown irritated with poetry. She wants to read something happy not something sad or depressing, which, by nature, is how most of the poetry she’s interested in, is. Poetry is a human expression and not all poetry is happy, it’s more raw often times and I told her this. She is still looking for a happy collection that is within the style she likes.) And she was like I need to get Atticus. I was like, oh right I wanted that too. However there were only one copy of the two books and I let her get them. Flash forward to this past week (EDIT: I wrote this like three weeks ago) where I got them. I am excited and flipping through I have already found many poems that I adore. (When it’s one line, its really hard not to read it in its entirety). Let us begin.
Initial Thoughts After Reading:
I thought it was absolutely lovely. I don’t think I’ve been as thoroughly blessed in a while for this was light hearted. It wasn’t dark and raw like I’m used to. This was light, lovely, freeing, and kind. I understand what my friend wants now. She wants more of this and I will help her find it.
What I Liked:
Pictures inside; It’s often that I see hand drawn art work in poetry books but this one had photographs (all B&W). It was striking and beautiful in a very different way than the hand drawn ones are. Almost ethereal and unreal.
The three sections; I do love a book separated into parts.
Different fonts and stylized writing; There were three major ones that cycled through the books. The best style was picked for the poems (with one being the dominant) and it kept the writing flowing.
Poetry style; I just liked the ease of this sort of freeform. There was such a distinct voice.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed:
I feel like some of the B&W photos could have been better saturated in the print.
Time Taken To Read
Notable page numbers for poems: 10, 18, 37, 48, 59, 65, 82-84, 92-94, 98-99, 103, 119, 121, 131, 136, 142, 153, 156, 192, 216, 222
“Their are beautiful words / on that blank paper / you hold in your hand, / use the magic / swirling in your mind / to paint the pictures that you see.“ – pg163
“The hardest step / we all must take / is to blindly trust / in who we are.“ – pg173
“Poetry’s magic / is that it is found when it’s needed.“ – pg179
“I think sometimes / of the great stories lost / to old basements, / floods, / and fires, / it makes me sad / until / I think also / of all the stories / not yet made, / in young minds, / in full pens, / and on paper / not yet printed.“ – pg186
“Some write for fun / others write / because if they didn’t / the words / would grow / and fester / and burst from the seams / of their souls. / Some words / are safer down / on paper.“ – pg205