Talicha Johnson’s fiery debut poetry collection Falling In Love With Picking Myself Up is an ode to her personal struggles with loving her flaws as well as an inspirational read for anyone who is struggling with self-acceptance.
Her words touch upon important topics such as racism, body image, love and self-awareness. Each poem reveals Johnson’s own vulnerability and her past struggles to come to terms with herself. Unlike other authors who are afraid to disrupt the status quo, Johnson’s poems illuminate not only her own flaws, but society’s flaws, too. She uses her sharp tongue to rip the blindfolds off of the reader’s eyes and forces them to examine long-held beliefs in a new light.
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Sarah Jean Alexander’s debut poetry collection Wildlives digs deep into the fathomless depths of emotions that is found between two people in what often seems like a very small world. This scrapbook of poetry contains Alexander’s questions about love, loneliness, and how difficult it is to survive in the 21st century. Whether it is a tender love letter that is so sweet it will make your heart ache or a poem based on a terrifying nightmare that will leave you shaking, there is no doubt that this fledgling author’s work is compelling.
Some pieces will leave you trying to tease out the meaning behind her metaphors while other poems will have you stunned at the raw and heavy emotion lurking behind her words. But more importantly, there’s a sense of panic to Wildlives that urges readers to go out there and truly live their lives. Alexander wants you to experience every single moment and emotion, because that is what it truly means to be human.
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Whether you’re a natural introvert, suffer from anxiety, or have a tendency to fret, Gemma Correll’s The Worrier’s Guide to Life will keep you laughing while lowering your stress levels to boot. With expert snark and wit, Correll reassures her readers who are in tight spots that life could be much, much worse and sets about making their sides split with her illustrated anecdotes on life. The self-proclaimed world champion worrier includes such funny comics as “palm reading for millennials,” “the dystopian zodiac,” and “a map of the introvert’s heart” to dish out advice that may or may not be reliable.
However, while the comics are hilarious, there’s an underlying seriousness to Correll’s tone, and readers who suffer from anxiety will definitely get the sense that the author sympathizes with their struggles. Many of the situations and advice that Correll dishes out will ease any worrier’s natural tendency to be overwhelmed by life because the comics aren’t laughing at you but with you. Her ability to poke fun at a variety of habits formed by worrywarts will not only ease your fears, but also make you feel refreshed to see an author struggle with the same issues and still see the humor of it all.
Correll’s quirky humor is definitely targeted to the Millennial set, but worriers of any age will enjoy reading her comics!
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Clementine von Radics’ poetry collection Mouthful of Forevers perfectly captures the Millennial experience and brings to life what it means to be young. With brutal, unflinching honesty and a rare gift for engaging verse, von Radics muses on topics such as love, loss, uncertainty, while reveling in life’s simpler pleasures. Millennial readers will find a voice who has spoken up about the many fears and doubts they have in their lives: finding a job in an unstable economy, the struggles of dating, and finding their own identity as they grow up.
von Radics’ poetry is sometimes as sharp as a knife and her brutal words will force her readers to examine the trajectory of their own lives. There are no rose colored glasses on the eyes of this author, as she captures youth’s beauty in all of its vibrant kaleidoscope of colors and honors both the joy and the pain of growing up.
Mouthful of Forevers is an ode to anyone who remembers the ghost of their youth, regardless of age.
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