Writing poems is an art. It is an emotional way of human expression, but some poems are obvious while some are latent. So, the good benefits it can give to us is emotional catharsis; it is a good way for us to relieve stress.
Love is the common theme of poems which are apparent in works of some famous poets such Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Thomas Hardy- you name it.
This is Lang Leav’s book debut – a collection of poems which all deal with the stages of LOVE: Misadventure, Circus of Love, and Love based on her personal experience.
However, most of the readers on Goodreads at the very least have given it a thumbs down; they did not care about giving it 1 star which means I did not like it as the rating system on Goodreads. Unclear about their reasons, but I surmise that , since I gave it a try, maybe the problem about her poems is that they are superficial as in shallow, as if even an elementary student can write such poems. ( I am sorry to put it.) Her prose is not as creative enough to move or inspire a down-to-earth reader who may have never been head over heels in love as other famous poets’. Most of her poems are short , just nothing; you might not feel nor imagine anything. In fact, you might end up finding them childish or puerile which can add to the fuel of your disappointment since the author herself is an adult. Nevertheless, there are a few long and remarkable though. By the same token, her book is too feminist, fit for young female readers, notably she has some cute and fairy-like illustrations of a “kikay” (chick).
On the contrary, I came to the realization that reading poems in any forms or structures are not that easily comprehensible at all; we all have different perspectives. In other words, there are many beholders in the world. We may not be sure of how we understand the poems we read as they are unless they are all crystal-clear in their words. Bear in mind that poems could be enigmatic or euphemistic.
Thus, what is the advice to us readers whenever we read something beyond our understanding? Read between the lines. This superannuated cliche is absolutely applicable to us readers whenever we do not get at what an author tries to drive at, notably to reading poems just the likes of Leav’s. Read between the lines. You may not get at the fact that what Leav intends to express in her poems are all about LOVES. Read between the lines. Admit it, although the prose of the short poems is simple, but you still couldn’t get the meanings behind them. If so, re-read and ponder over them. Read between the lines. Not all poems should be par excellence. Some famous poets do likewise. Try to read the poems by E. E. Cummings. You might cringe at them too, but still they are widely-read.
In the end, I want to be subjective for giving it 1 star. Let me be in your conspiracy, fellas! Simply because her poems are not my cups of tea; I prefer love poems that could make me do a somersault like Danton Remoto’s and J. Neil C. Garcia’s erotic poems. (laughs) Don’t be green-minded, buddy! ^_^ How about Marcelo Santos III’s a la poetic quotes or the beloved Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago’s cracking pick-up lines? In foreign poems, aside from E.E. Cummings’s I have mentioned above, how about Thomas Hardy’s, Emily Bronte’s, and Emily Dickinson’s compelling poems? Their poems are “hugot na hugot”.
Maybe I’ve been borne upon the literary standards of poem or upon the award-winning poems I have been taught since elementary. Uh-oh, enough said! Any genres can be praiseworthy. ^__^
Rating: 1/ 5 stars ( I did not like it.)