Books

Modern Poetry / Book Recs

I’ve had this list of book recommendations just sitting in a word document for a number of weeks, and I think it’s finally time to let it shine. And, okay, it’s only two books, but I didn’t want to overwhelm you.


Memories by Lang Leav

In this monthly reading post I reviewed Lang Leav’s latest book of poetry; Love Looks Pretty On You. Here’s what I wrote when commenting on her writing;

“… the reason I love Lang Leav’s works is because her writing is quite childish. The poems are simple, easy rhymes with obvious beats. They’re almost plain. But there’s an innocent beauty in them which makes them complex. Leav explores the human condition in how we love others, love ourselves, hold on and let go. I think she’s risen as a poet because she draws out truth from such small things that other people don’t necessarily think to write about.”

That still stands, and is why I’m recommending her; poetry doesn’t have to be connotated with T.S. Eliot or William Yeats. Memories was the first Leav book I bought and read, and remains to be my favourite.

My rating: 4/5 stars


Helium by Rudy Francisco

Funnily enough, in the same monthly reading post I also reviewed Helium.

Rudy Francisco has a way with words that is so delicate; his poems are rich with imagery and metaphors. I think part of the appeal is that he’s a man writing about love so sensitively, as well as experiences regarding race and freedom. My own words can’t describe how amazing his poems are, so here are a few examples of his work.

Excerpt from the poem ‘My Honest Poem’

‘Mercy’

Rudy Francisco also has numerous poems spoken aloud on YouTube, which is how I first discovered him. While I like reading and dwelling on his words, hearing his rhythm and tone of voice is also a great thing to watch.

My rating: 5/5 stars


Sarah xx

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