Atticus, who is the internationally bestselling author of Love Her Wild, recently released, The Dark Between Stars, a new collection of heartfelt, whimsical, and romantic poems. Atticus has captured the hearts and minds of his nearly 700k followers (including stars like Emma Roberts, and Alicia Keys),with his beautifully raw and descriptive poems and continues to stun poetry lovers with his latest release.
Everything about The Dark Between Stars is thoughtfully crafted, from the enchanting cover art to the beautiful photographs that accompany the poems fittingly. I'm a recent convert to poetry myself. I've been writing my own poems for quite some time, but never actually read poetry in general. I decided that I needed to change that and broaden my horizons, not to mention my understanding of the genre, earlier this summer. So I'm still fairly new to poetry, but I've caught on fast to what works for me and what doesn't. Atticus' poetry works for me. I love it. I find it relatable, whimsical, dreamy, and beautiful.
This collection of poetry is divided into three sections: Stars, Between, and The Dark. I devoured this book in one sitting, I just couldn't put it down. The poems spoke to my soul.
I particularly loved this poem:
"She was powerful
not because she wasn't scared
she went on so strongly
despite the fear."
I highly recommend this collection. You can get it here.
Roses by Moonlight is a beautiful collection of poems and prose by Nicola Mar, a Caribbean native who currently resides in New York City with her two dogs. I admit I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Mar resided in New York and that she had two dogs, as I also live in New York (state) and have two dogs, and of course I always love finding fellow dog lovers. ;)
The cover for Roses by Moonlight is beautiful yet simple, and fits the title well. The format for the pages/poems is simple: words on a page, with the first word of each poem or prose in bold, no frills, no pictures. This book is a quick, easy read, but one that you'll find yourself thinking about long after you've finished. I can guarantee that you'll find at least a handful of poems/prose that will stick out to you and speak to you in some way. I particularly enjoyed the poems on pages 3, 5, 17, 18, 59, and 130. I loved the lines from page 3's poem, "damaged is what I say but not broken." I also loved page 5's, "the only stillness that can creep into my heart is the moonlight-- a magical creature that gives a new start."
I enjoyed Nicola Mar's writing style and found her poems both relatable and containing great depth. Mar is definitely one to keep your eye on and has become one of my favorite contemporary poets. I would definitely recommend this wonderful collection.
I give it a 7/10.
Liz Austin. Bibliophile. Writer. Book hoarder. I would rather be reading....