BOOK: Bone by Yrsa Daley-Ward


GOODREADS: The poems in Yrsa Daley-Ward’s collection bone are exactly that: reflections on a particular life honed to their essence–so clear and pared-down, they become universal.

  • Don’t be so very engaging, amusing or witty or bright. You are causing confusion and jams in tight spaces. You are an accident in waiting. The type of accident with casualties spanning from me to you and here to there, a potential tragedy.
  • I miss you in tiny earthquakes in little underground explosions.
  • Just because you do it doesn’t mean you always will. Whether you’re dancing dust or breathing light. You’re never exactly the same, twice.
  • If you were married to yourself, could you stay with yourself?
  • One day I will tell you what I’ve been. It will scare you.
  • The worst thing about somebody who betrays you, somebody who turns out to be a completely different person to whom you first thought, is the love that you still feel in your heart for them.
  • If you’re afraid to write it, that’s a good sign. I suppose you know you’re writing the truth when you’re terrified.
  • Seize that loveliness. It has always been yours.
  • Today is the first day of the rest of it. Of course there will be other first days but none exactly like this.

I was not entirely impressed. It was a 2/5 for me.

BOOK: The Chaos of Longing by K.Y Robinson


GOODREADS: Organized in four sections – Inception, Longing, Chaos, and Epiphany – K.Y. Robinson’s debut poetry collection explores what it is to want in spite of trauma, shame, injustice, and mental illness. It is one survivor’s powerful testimony, and a love letter “to those who lie awake burning. The Chaos of Longing is a brutally honest exploration of desire—physical, emotional, and spiritual.

  • All the makings of you are love at first sight. When I dream of you tonight, I will hold you hostage underneath my eyelids.
  • You told me not to fall in love with you but you knew the contours of my heart.
  • I’ve closed other doors in attempt to be yours. But you’re always eyeing the window and I can’t cure your wanderlust.
  • In the beginning, all I wanted was to be yours. It took time to realize that I have to stop giving myself away as if I didn’t belong to myself.
  • There’s a universe swirling inside you. You have to learn to be your own earth, wind, fire and water. You are a natural phenomenon – not a natural disaster.
  • Don’t shrink your truth to make it fit nice and neat in others as if it’s origami. Unfold and free yourself.

I somehow find it a bit pale and bland. In my interpretation, most of the content are about lust and desire and tidbits of other things.

Though, I am in awe of how he creates the metaphor, built by everything in our daily lives and transform it into something deeper. I love how the inclusion of the most mundane things make it seem more relevant.

*** It’s not something I would read over and over.

BOOK: Sea of Strangers by Lang Leav


So I only started reading this book about 3 hours ago. But as you all know, this is a poetry book so I had time on my side. Compared to Atticus, Lang Leav’s has titles.
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These are the pages that had an impact on me:
  • New Beginnings
  • Contentment
  • Moving on
  • We Never Broke Up
  • Writing
  • My Life
  • When it’s Over
  • The one thing
  • Smoke & Mirrors
  • Thoughts on Letting Go
  • Over
  • Back to Life
  • Too Far In
  • Borrowed Love
  • Crazy Love
  • Who you Love
  • Transcript of your Heart
  • To Love you
  • Be the One
  • For yours
  • The Girl you once had
  • How it Ends
Although there seems to be a lot pages marked, I also think there’s a lot of poems in the book that had no absolute effect on me. It felt like they were just there to make the book longer and make it seem full.

BOOK: Love her wild by Atticus


Fear of not being able to finish a book for the month of Feb, I immediately resorted to having to read a poetry book – which I know would only require me less time. I know, I know.. I’m taking the easy road here. But forgive me, as I’m busy with planning you-know-what.
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Basically, I finished this book in two days. ❤ I’m not going to share all of the poems in the books but here are just (5) of what I bookmarked. Not my top and not in any particular order.
  • Don’t fear, her father said. Sometimes the scary things are beautiful as well and the more beauty you find in them the less scary they’ll become.
  • Dont give up now. Chances are your best kiss, your hardest laugh and your greatest day are still yet to come.
  • What a strange world. We trade our days for things.
  • Find something that makes you forget to eat and sleep and drink then do it until you die of thirst
  • Chase your stars, fool. Life is short.
I love how I find something that doesn’t really pertain to someone or being in love in general.

THOUGHTS: Hangad ko’y Ikaw


I found this when I was cleaning my room. In my Filipino class, we were tasked to create a poem in 10 minutes. And thus, this.

I’m sorry that the poem is in Tagalog (Filipino’s dialect)

Aking pagmamahal, ‘tong walang katumbas

Kaligayahan ko, sayo natamasa

Mga pighati ko, ikaw ang lunas

Binigay ang lahat, sa aking prinsesa

Gustong masulyapan, kahit san pa man

Hindi mapakali, pag wala sa mata

Saan man humanggan, tanging ikaw hanap

Hangad ko’y ikaw, Magpakailan pa man

Ang pinipita ko, marining ang tinig

Kung sakaling ako’y, tikis mo pang mahal

Ibalik ang dati, ang tangi kong dasal

Panahong akin ka at tayo’y iisa

Lamuray ang puso, pagka’t may iba na

Kulang na lang, ako’y sikadin palayo

Aking talisuyo, di magbabago,

Sapagka’t kailanma’y,

Ikaw ang hangad ko

–  Johanna Dela Cruz