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review 2019-01-19 03:55
Zombie Haiku: Good Poetry For Your...Brains - Ryan Mecum
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

Overall, an alright read. I picked this up from the clearance section because I like zombies and I like poetry. Figured it would be good for a quick read.

Part of the problem with this book was that it wasn't really a good fit for me. It was a little gory for my taste. Yes, I know, it's a zombie book, but some of the poems were just a little too icky for me. Plus, the same images kept popping up over and over again, which got a little boring. Yes, we get it, you like to write about toes and eating hair.

The other issue I had was that the haiku is not the most exciting poem. They are fairly easy to write and not all that impressive to read. Because of this, the book got a little dull at times. It was a neat idea to write an entire story in this manner, but the end result was kind of lackluster. 

Plus, the whole zombie story wasn't that interesting. The basic plot is that a survivor finds the haiku journal and you the reader get to read the strange journey of a man as he becomes a zombie (and continues to write haiku for some reason). I was a little confused about this. So zombies can't remember how to use doorknobs, but can remember what a haiku is, how to write a haiku, and also how to actually write (as well as type- I don't even know why a zombie would type poems and then tape them into the journal, really confused about that)?

The set up was interesting. Interspersed in the book are photos (why was the zombie taking pictures?), drawings, and miscellaneous items (teeth, blood spatters, hair). Again, not sure why a zombie would think to include such materials in the book it insists on carrying around. With all the grabbing and attacking, you'd think the zombie would have dropped the book a lot sooner. 

Anyway, I think the idea for this book was better than the execution. A zombie story written in any form of poetry is an interesting task. However, in this case, the story is pretty basic (and didn't really make any sense), some of the gore is a little over the top, and the haiku format isn't that interesting. 

Fine for a unique and quick read for zombie fans.
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text 2019-01-18 12:53
Reading progress update: I've read 68 out of 259 pages.
Collected Poems - Robert W. Maslen,Mervyn Peake

A couple of poems about fame and ambition - unexpected themes!

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review 2019-01-18 04:44
Unopened - Doug Hoekstra

I received this book for free from JKS Communications in exchange for an honest review. 


This was interesting poetry collection. It’s different than the type of poetry I usually read (I usually read more of the Instagram poet type), but I still enjoyed it. I liked that, unlike a lot of Instagram poems, some the poems were longer (more than a page long). I like it when poems are a bit longer because it allows you to go more in-depth. There was a good mix of both short and longer poems.




I liked how the book was divided into three sections. All the poems fit well into the section they were in and I could tell the themes (family, nature, music, etc.) of each section without it being overly obvious. It was subtle which is sometimes very hard to do.


Additionally, I loved the story behind the cover. It added a really nice personal touch. 


My one critique is that the book should have been longer. I would have loved to seen at least 20 more poems to really make it more impactful and feel more complete. I felt like I got a small taste of his poetry, but I wanted more. 


Overall, this was an enjoyable and unique poetry collection. 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-01-17 22:00
Book Review : The poet x Elizabeth agevedo
the poet x - elizabeth agevedo

Jan 4-12

A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.

So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent

Review : I loved this book I highly reccomend the audiobook . Xiomara is a teenager who is going through a lot her body has changed a lot her mother has all these religious views and xiomara doesn't know what she believes anymore she meets this guy who she really likes but shit goes real when her mom finds out . this book is told in verse and I love verse books and the audiobook is read by the author and it was a beautifully written book . Xiomara finds out her twin brother is gay . Xiomara joins the poetry club where she gets to let out her emotions . after a big blow up with her family Xiomara calls the guy again and they start talking again . And she has her family priest help with her family to help them all talk this out . Xiomara finally performs her poem at the slam event . I believe everyone she read this book .

Quotes :And I think about all the things we could be 
if we were told our bodies were not built for them

When your body takes up more room than your voice you are always the target of well-aimed rumors,

“And isn't that what a poem is? A lantern glowing in the dark.



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text 2019-01-14 14:32
You Don’t Deserve My Love

I did try to be a good friend,

I promised to be loyal till the very end.

But now I am tired, as you must know,

If you didn’t know how to trust,

How not to imagine the worst,

Then it’s your choice,

If you couldn’t hear my heart’s voice.

I am leaving you never to return,

And all your memories, I plan to burn,

Your problems will no longer be any of my concern,

From this day onward, whether I live or die,

No longer my friend! Bye! Bye!


© 2019, Fizza Younis. All Rights Reserved

Source: iambookseater.wordpress.com/2019/01/14/you-dont-deserve-my-love-a-poem
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