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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Heidi Pitlor’s The Daylight Marriage follows an unlikely couple as they fall in love, get married, and settle down in the suburbs only to discover that their romance is dying, which leads to an unspeakable tragedy.
Pretty Hannah had it all, but her one major flaw is that she’s impulsive. She winds up falling in love with her exact opposite: an introverted climate scientist named Lovell. At first their relationship is happy as can be but their marriage winds up taking a downward spiral and Hannah makes a choice that will wind up changing her life forever.
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Unlike most other sappy YA novels, Marie Jaskulka’s The Lost Marble Notebook of Forgotten Girl and Random Boy is a realistic love story set to poetry. Forgotten Girl is a poetry-loving teenager who is going through a rough patch in life: her parents are getting a divorce and her mother is struggling with depression. However, she meets a good-looking popular teen named Random Boy who also secretly writes poetry in an attempt to make sense of his life. Their star-crossed love story is told in heart wrenching poems, and even if you’re not a teenager yourself, you can’t help but get swept up in their tale.
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Noah Cicero’s exquisite poetry collection Bipolar Cowboy dances between the fine line that divides love and mental illness, all while taking the readers on a roller coaster ride through the recesses of the human heart.
Most of his pieces muse on what it feels like to love someone with your whole heart. Each poem evokes incredible emotions, from the giddy joy of falling in love for the first time to the depression that comes with mending a broken heart. The emotionally-charged poems go on to explore how love is the defining moment of our lives, but if we experience heartbreak, it is difficult to keep going since we feel as if we’ve lost a part of us.
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Todd B. LaBarge’s poetry collection Unwritten Letters to You muses on three topics: lost love, those who are longing to fall in love, and couples who have already been lucky enough to find love. Both sides of love are shown in all their glory and heartbreak. Whether it’s the gut wrenching pain of breaking up with your significant other or the joy that you feel when you’re falling in love and all the words seem to be glowing, LaBarge’s poems take the reader on a vibrant journey through the most mysterious of all human emotions.
LaBarge’s writing is honest and plunges to the very bottom of the human heart. Readers will be touched by how raw and lovely each piece is, even if he’s weaving a heartbreaking tale of a couple that has decided to split up. Thankfully, not every poem is so steeped in melancholy. Many of the poems found within are also more light-hearted, recounting the playful feeling of falling in love that will leave you smiling and feeling giddy.
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Mathias Svalina’s poetry collection Wastoid explores the inconsistent and fickle nature of love. Set in a dystopian wasteland, Svalina’s lyrical poems capture the nature of desire, from jumping on trampolines to enjoying a quiet night at home listening to cars pass by in the rain. It’s a world full of equal parts danger and whimsy.
Svalina’s collection explores the often-illogical nature of love, as well as how it can take many different shapes and forms. These aren’t poems written in the voice of a love-struck fool; some of his pieces are quite humorous, while others give readers profound insights into the nature of human emotion. Whether he’s waxing poetic by using a traditional Renaissance sonnet format or musing on the pain of a broken heart, Wastoid examines the many facets of our very human hearts.
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Frank Watson’s poetry collection The Dollhouse Mirror is a beautifully crafted journey through the whimsical. Each poem invites the reader to step into a dark fantasy world ruled by the abstract—in each one, the subject is never identified beyond using words such as “she,” “you,” or even “the little girl,” all of which is designed to make you think about the message Watson is trying to convey. Much of his fantastical imagery is based off Tarot cards, so the archetypal metaphors found within his work make it easy for the reader to easily insert themselves into the poem and get wrapped up in the rich language.
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