The Pocketbook of Sunshine and Rain by Nenia Campbell
new to poetry. The only poetry I've really read before this year was
Edgar Allen Poe and Frost, but this year I tried Milk and Honey. I liked
Milk and Honey, but something about it felt forced and fake in certain
areas. My biggest problem with the poetry was just a couple of random
words strewn together to create a meaningless sentence. This on the
other hand was a poetry collection that really spoke to me. I've been
wanting to get into poetry, but never really know where to start. I'm a
friend of Nenia's and was excited to check out her poetry collection
since I've known her on GR for so long and remember when she started
working on the collection.
These poems are beautiful.
There are a few hit or miss ones, but the majority were gorgeous and had
me shaking my head in agreement or saying, "THIS!!" while reading. I
don't really know what else to say about a poetry collection other than
that this is definitely one that you should check out. I'll leave a
couple of my favorite poems down below and hopefully that will convince
you to buy this because I think it's absolutely brilliant and a lot of
these poems touched my heart.
Whimsical Writing Scale: 4.5
This is my favorite:
we buried the corpses of our arguments
beneath the dining room table
picked over the bones, emergent,
and threw them at each other
a knuckle bone here
a rib there
no prayers were said
no flowers laid
only a hailstorm of finger bones
to lard our dinner conversation
picking the shards out of our teeth
we spit them at each other
always hoping someone would choke
Another great one:
a path of stars
swirling in the darkness
not everyone sees a path of stars
spinning above them
feels the light pouring down
drowning the world
a path of stars like whirlpools
conceived by separate suns
a starry night
hope I convinced you to pick this collection up. I'm not a poetry buff,
but I do know emotions and Nenia's emotions were spoken in this
collection beautifully. All empathetic souls should pick up a copy.
Cover Thoughts: It's adorable and it really fits the tone of the collection.
Are you interested in picking this collection up? What's some of your favorite poetry books? Let me know down below in the comments.