2016/12/07

BOOK REVIEW:
PENGUIN MODERN POETS 1

Title: Penguin Modern Poets 1: If I'm Scared, We Can't Win
Authors: Emily Berry, Anne Carson, Sophie Collins
Published: 2016
Language: English
Pages: 103
Rating: 2/5


Summary:
In this collection, we look at selected poetry by three different modern poets.


Review:
I think this series of books are great, as they give an introduction to new poets. The idea is fantastic and I think it works well - I was just a bit unfortunate with this one, as most of the poetry wasn't really my cup of tea. But I got to try a little chunk of something new from three different authors, which I think is great.

My favorite poetry in this was the poems by Emily Berry. I found them the most relatable, while I'm afraid the rest of the poetry went a bit over my head, which is something that often happens with modern poetry for me. Nothing really blew me away though, and I can't say I've found any new favorites.

The one I liked the most was Picnic by Berry. It's a bit long, so here is the first part of it:

If you are not happy, the sea is not happy
It sulks in and out of the bay
I lie on the bed or stand at the window watching the sea
Why must we destroy what we do
Watching the sea is like watching something in pieces continually striving to be whole
Imagine trying to pick up a piece of the sea and show it to a person
I tried to do that
All that year I visited a man in a room
I polished my feelings
Sometimes I think if the devil came and offered to swap me into some other body without me knowing what I'd be getting I'd say... sure
And, sure, I believe in the devil
p. 26

Overall, I'm glad I read this and I'm really excited to read the next one. I also have to point out that I really like the way this is published and that they've mixed up the poetry in different ways to read. I would recommend it if you like modern poetry and want to check out some new authors.
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