Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up. Today I’m going to talk about love poetry. Why that subject? I read a post Wednesday dealing with love poetry books. As we’re poets, I was intrigued. The list included many historical love poets (Byron, Shakespeare, etc.) as well as modern poets. However, the modern ones were all queer. It got me thinking, where are the modern poets, like us? The more I thought about it, the more it bothered me. Poetry, no matter what the sexual preference of the poet may be, is asexual for the most part. That’s what is great about love and love poems. Love is love and it applies to everyone. So, here is my top five list of modern love poetry collections you need to read.
The Dark Between Stars: Poems by Atticus
From the internationally bestselling author of Love Her Wild comes The Dark Between Stars, a new illustrated collection of heartfelt, whimsical, and romantic poems from Instagram poetry sensation, Atticus.
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.
Love Notes by Mark Anthony
This book is forged from fire of the soul, and the tenderness of being; it reminds us why we're alive, how we can endure, and why love is waiting to find us all.
I Love My Love by Reyna Biddy
In short, poignant verses, Reyna Biddy's poems explore pain, emotional reckoning, and the power of self-love.
The debut collection from 22-year-old poet Reyna Biddy, I Love My Love tells the story of Reyna's childhood, her parents’ toxic relationship, and how, against all odds, she learned to love herself.
LOVE NOTES, A Collection of Romantic Poetry
Love shared, love in secret, celebrated, exploded. Unrequited longing and love that’s mellowed through the years. Love at long distance, across continents, so close there’s no space to breathe, or never quite close enough. Love lost and love found. Love from the inside out and love from the outside in.
Love Notes has it all: a collection of poetry as diverse as the experience of falling in love itself. A shared candied apple, a farewell at Paddington Station, a name scribbled in a notebook, a face that leaves us breath less, a single word that changes our life forever. Love Notes is a rich tapestry of verse woven from fragments of life and those moments that make falling in love so irresistible. And so ineveitable.
Love is unique, love is universal. Love is everywhere.
Poetry of Love: The Engagement Year by N. N. Light
Winner of the 2017 IAN Book of the Year – Poetry Finalist Award
I had been searching for love my whole life. It took the opening up of the world via technology for me to find my soulmate. Once I laid eyes on her, at the arrivals gate, I knew I was never going to let her go. The following is a collection of poems I wrote to my angel, from our first meeting up until our wedding day. I was working crazy hours as a chef and I had a long commute. I chose my commuting time to pen her a poem each day. These poems speak of our life, our challenges and our growth together...in every aspect they speak of our love.
May this book give someone the courage to let their special someone know how much they care for them and how much they mean to them. Saying I love you is a gift you can give many times a day.
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MRS N, Book Addict