Two Poetry Collections

Under no circumstances could I ever be labeled as a poetry expert or even connoisseur. Poetry grew on me exhilaratingly slowly and I have only been reading it for pleasure for the past couple of years. However, I do not believe one needs to be some sort of expert in order to appreciate the beauty in words or the heartwarming feeling in one’s chest upon encountering a magnificent piece of writing.

I read two incredible poetry collections lately, and the least I can do is share my findings with all of you.

Study for Necessity by JoEllen Kwiatek *****

23280868I delved into this poetry collection without knowing anything about it and having never read anything by its author. The simple yet beautiful cover captivated me from the outset and the title immediately made something inside me click into place. What made me give this book 5 stars, though, was the innovative and utterly mesmerising way those poems blew me away.

Kwiatek’s poetry is very hard to describe. The images that each and every one of her poems evoked were enchanting and powerful. I admired her use of diction and the clever way she toyed with her stanzas and the position of each word, which was really thought out and downright clever. Kwiatek won the Iowa Poetry Prize in 2014 and Study for Necessity clearly indicates why. I will definitely come back to this collection soon, since I feel that there are still many things to be discovered in her poems upon a second reading. Simply a marvelous little book.

Rank by Aaron McCollough ****

The poetry included in this book is absolutely beautiful, though a bit complex. It felt difficult for me to grasp the 25362802whole essence of what the poet was trying to convey upon a single reading, yet the idea of further readings of this book appeals to me immensely.

I loved the imagery of the poems and the words the poet chose to employ were merely wonderful and breathtaking. The way the old was interweaved with the new, in terms of diction, and the natural world with the fantasy one was marvelous. While reading this book, images of enchanted forests and mythical places were crossing my mind. The poet uses nature as his major inspiration and draws most of his themes and images from it and the result is magnificent.

Have you read any of these collections? If you have, I’d love to hear your opinion on them. If you haven’t, have you perhaps read some other beautiful poetry you would like to share with us? 🙂

8 thoughts on “Two Poetry Collections

  1. What a lovely post. I haven’t put up any literature posts for a while as been posting about the places I saw in Dublin but I will be putting some more up soon. Are you much familiar with Rupert Brooke? The Great Lover is especially astonishing.

    • Thank you, Alex 🙂 Travelling posts are equally wonderful and add some variety to one’s blog, so don’t worry about it. I didn’t know of Rupert Brooke, so I’m going to check him out now. Thank you for the recommendation!

  2. I haven’t read either of these, but both sound wonderful. I’m about to read Gabriel by Edward Hirsch – a long poem written following the death of his son. I generally need a good deal of time and space to properly enjoy poetry and I don’t tend to get that much these days!

    • I’m glad you find them interesting, Cathy 🙂 ‘Gabriel’ sounds fascinating but pretty gloomy too. Let me know what you thought about it when you read it! I agree, sometimes poetry, though shorter than fiction, needs much more time to fully absorb and enjoy.

  3. Sounds interesting. I haven’t read much by either author yet, but I will definitely look them up.

    I’ve been reading a lot of poetry lately too. Just last night, I started working my way through the first volume of Seamus Heaney’s Selected Poems and so far, I love it! I only started reading him recently, but Heaney has quickly become one of my favorite poets.

    Another volume of poetry that I would highly recommend is Yeats’s The Wind Among the Reeds. I started reading it a few Saturdays ago and fell in love with Yeats’s writing all over again. 🙂

    • You can never go wrong with Yeats 😉 I haven’t read all his poetry yet, so that’s definitely something to look forward to 🙂 I’ve heard about Seamus Heaney but I haven’t had the chance to read his work just yet, so thank you for bringing him to my attention! I hope you get to read much more lovely poetry 🙂

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