Finally, it’s my stop for this book’s blog tour. I’m really excited to share my thoughts about this book. Thanks again to Shalini from Digital Reads Blog Tours for inviting me to be a part of this tour. So without further ado…
EVERY LOVE is a collection of poetry covering my own experiences in love. From abuse, to affair, to healthy commitment, I’ve experienced the dynamics of love… even suicide has played a part. The name ‘Jann Doe’ is to protect myself and my family from my own mistakes and history, given the parts of me that love has touched.
This book is not trying to change someone’s current belief but rather just sharing something pure and true and hoping that by sharing, it touches the soul of the reader.
First, I want to apologize in advance. I haven’t reviewed a poetry book before so I’m not sure if I’m doing this right but I’ll sure try my best. 🙂
Just after reading the first 4 or 5 poems, I paused, squinting at the screen of my tablet, a little confused. I wondered what the poet is trying to say because the poems seem lacking a definite, single theme. Like one poem she seems happy about love and defending it and the next she’s talking about heartaches, as if love is the worst thing on earth. But then I realized the title of the book I’m reading.
Yes guys, I kind of forget that the title is called “Every Love.” Suddenly the poems and their seemingly contrasting themes make sense. I literally face-palmed myself. Like how stupid can I get, right? Hehe. Anyway, as implied “Every Love” is about love and its different kinds that the author experienced in her life. From abuse, to affair, to healthy commitment, memories of love and even suicide. I actually realized the suicide part even before reading the blurb on Goodreads. Anyway, these experiences were divided into nine (9) parts, making this collection of poems more relatable because the themes are clear for each part.
They are indeed relatable. Personally, I believe that each of us can have different experiences in life but we all do experience the same emotions that go along our experiences. For example, I might not have been abused but that doesn’t mean I haven’t felt the same intensity of grief and anger felt by someone who have been abused. Different experiences, same level of emotions. I do believe that. That’s why even though I haven’t experienced some of the things the poet has experienced, her poems still spoke to me because I felt what she’d felt. Same anger, same sadness, same love.
But the number one (1) reason why I believe the poems spoke to me is that they were written in a way that is easy to understand. But don’t think they weren’t artistic. No, I simply meant that they were written simply yet the effect to me was undeniable. Every line was so on point, written simply with no pretense. Every poem, or should I say, the whole collection was not trying to prove something it is not. It is not trying to change someone’s current belief but rather just sharing something and hoping that by sharing, it touches the soul of the reader. Isn’t that what every poem should aspire? And by the way, this collection of poem doesn’t have to convince the reader to believe its own belief because it merely spoke of a universal truth about love that all of us need to be reminded of.
I don’t know if I’m allowed to share the nine (9) titles of the parts that the book is divided into so I’m just going to share the titles of the poems I love. There’s plenty but let me just share 8 of them.
Scars on Souls (this one really spoke to me or if I’m being honest, I’d say, it feels like I’ve written this myself. If that makes sense…)
The only reason I didn’t give this collection a perfect 5-star rating is because there are three poems that I wasn’t so into which is normal. But overall, I can say that reading this book is indeed a bittersweet experience that I really love.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jann Doe is a poet who recognizes and accepts her authenticity as a woman, and encourages other women to do the same. Everyone has their burdens to carry, their flaws to accept, and their strengths to pride themselves on. Jann’s goal as a poet is to speak out on behalf of other women across the globe to love themselves for who they truly asre. No one is perfect, nor should we be. It’s imperative that we as women accept ourselves, and live for tomorrow… not by ignoring our past but by learning from it, and growing because of it.
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