Tuesday 2 February 2016

Review (Poetry Edition!) - Today Means Amen by Sierra DeMulder

Today Means Amen coverTitle: Today Means Amen

Author: Sierra DeMulder

Genre: Poetry

Release Date: 2 Feb 2016

Amazon: UK - USA

A few starting notes:

I received a free digital review copy of this book via NetGalley. NetGalley provides review copies from publishers in exchange for fair and honest reviews.
This was a random read. The cover kind of intrigued me, and I've been in kind of a poetry mood lately, so I just went for it.
The poet, Sierra DeMulder, is apparently a slam poet of some notoriety, who has a bunch of videos on YouTube.


A collection of poems by Sierra DeMulder.

Best bits:

A lot of the poems in this collection were truly beautiful and genuine, and I really did enjoy this book as a whole.
I'd have to say that my favourites were two poems from the last section of the book - 'Today Means Amen' and 'Release It,' because these were the ones that I most related to, and that I imagine most people would relate to in some way.
These two poems, like several of the others, were about being kind to yourself, keeping going even when life seems its darkest, love, and life.
A lot of the poems in this collection can, to me, be classified as 'good' poetry - you don't have to get it, it gets you: it has some life-like, almost breathing, quality to it.

Check out this video performance of 'Today Means Amen' and judge for yourself...

Not so great bits:

I did find that some of the imagery just wasn't to my taste - but that's a personal thing. Some of it was just a little too intimate (in pretty much every sense,) and made me feel slightly intrusive.
To each his own though; that intrusiveness just shows how very personal and open a lot of this poetry is - something which is always admirable, even if not always comfortable.


Overall I really enjoyed this collection - there were some poems I didn't enjoy so much, and some that I didn't relate to as well as others, but then, that's only natural really.

I imagine this would be great for dipping in-and-out of, and would be fairly accessible to people who aren't usually into poetry. 

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  1. I need to read more poetry collections! I just love my poetry <3 So thanks for reviewing this one. I will keep an eye out for it ;)


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