An enjoyable collection of poetry!
I will begin this review by stating I truly understand nothing about poetry. I have three degrees, two of which are in Literature, and I still cannot grasp the appeal or understanding of poetry. Take this into account when you see me review books of poetry because I in no way consider myself a connoisseur or expert of the medium.
I absolutely checked this book out from my library because I enjoy Halsey as a musical artist and activist. She seems like a pretty cool woman who tries her best to learn and grow and admits when she makes mistakes, and she also makes some pretty damn good music. (Her song with BTS is a constant favorite). I didn’t know what to expect from a book of poetry with her at the helm, but I did really enjoy it. You can tell Halsey is a songwriter because many of her poems read rhythmically to me as if they could fit in nicely with a good melody. She wrote about a lot of topics with honesty and openness that I enjoyed and she has one poem about long-distance relationships that stuck with me hours after reading because I related so heavily to it.
If you’re a fan of Halsey, you will likely enjoy this. If you’re a fan of poetry I cannot say whether it was good poetry or not. Certain poems absolutely invoked emotions within me, but I cannot speak for if it was good or if I just enjoyed it because I felt personally attached to the topics at hand. Either way, I’m glad I gave this one a chance!
Title: I Would Leave Me If I Could
Three Descriptors: Own Voices, LGBTQ+, Honest
Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
Hunger by Roxane Gay
Swimming Lessons by Lili Reinhart
Or What We’ll Call Desire by Alexandra Teague
The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace