Onwards to the second review of the day! Poetry is so easy to read in one sitting, and Atticus poetry is so calming.
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.
The Dark Between Stars by Atticus
Synopsis From The Book
Atticus, has captured the hearts and minds of nearly 700k followers (including stars like Karlie Kloss, Emma Roberts, and Alicia Keys). In his second collection of poetry, The Dark Between Stars, he turns his attention to the dualities of our lived experiences—the inescapable connections between our highest highs and lowest lows. He captures the infectious energy of starting a relationship, the tumultuous realities of commitment, and the agonizing nostalgia of being alone again. While grappling with the question of how to live with purpose and find meaning in the journey, these poems offer both honest explorations of loneliness and our search for connection, as well as light-hearted, humorous observations. As Atticus writes poignantly about dancing, Paris, jazz clubs, sunsets, sharing a bottle of wine on the river, rainy days, creating, and destroying, he illustrates that we need moments of both beauty and pain—the darkness and the stars—to fully appreciate all that life and love have to offer.
Initial Thoughts Before Reading:
Here we are with the second set of poetry I got by Atticus. After reading the first I am dead certain I will love this set as well. Poetry is always a quick and easy ready that leaves me impacted. Or perhaps its because I pick poetry that I really like. I’m not sure. Maybe I should buy all of the poetry. Then I’ll know for certain. Right? Either way, I’m pumped for this one and this time I have not flipped through it. How exciting.
Initial Thoughts After Reading:
Another great set, though I think I liked the first set better. I’m just not much of a fan of location or drink references I suppose. In general I thought it was a very solid set of poetry. I think this might be the first time I’m not rating a poetry collection a 5. And that’s only because I wasn’t captivated by everything. It was a hard choice though, because what I did love, I loved.
What I Liked:
B&W Images; They continued and they were still breathtaking.
New themes; I liked the new themes of this set. I also liked how this set tied into the original set (as the original had the poem that set the title for this one).
Continuation of the old man vs young boy or old woman and young girl; This is one of my favorite of the reoccurring poetry structures that Atticus has. It’s of a young boy/girl speaking to an older man/woman. The youth will say one thing and then the older and wiser mind will say another. I love it.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed:
Time Taken To Read
Notable Page Numbers for Poems: 10, 12, 19, 47, 53, 92, 121, 131, 144-145, 157, 168, 171, 174, 180, 200, 202-205, 208, 217, 219
“Everything / we love / is just / well- / arranged / dust.” – pg57
“Art has the answers / to many / of the questions / we weren’t brave / enough to ask.” – pg59
“Poets are souls at war with words / from battles waged within.” – pg62
“The trick is always / to try / collect the tries / like trophies / and you will / never lose.” – pg152
“It is so easy to forget / we are the same as all the others / in thinking that we are different.” – pg157