Love Her Wild by Atticus

(Inter)national Poetry Month

img_3421Love Her Wild

by Atticus

Format: Hardback.

Goodreads: link

Publisher: link

Six Word Summary: Such love – Such passion. Read it!

Blurb: Love Her Wild is a collection of new and beloved poems from Atticus, the young writer who has captured the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of avid followers on his Instagram account @atticuspoetry, including superstars like Karlie Kloss and Shay Mitchell. He was dubbed the “#1 poet to follow” by Teen Vogue and “the world’s most tattoo-able” poet by Galore magazine, in Love Her Wild, Atticus captures what is both raw and relatable about the smallest and the grandest moments in life: the first glimpse of a new love in Paris; skinny dipping on a summer’s night; the irrepressible exuberance of the female spirit; or drinking whiskey in the desert watching the rising sun. With honesty, poignancy, and romantic flair, Atticus distills the most exhilarating highs and the heartbreaking lows of life and love into a few perfectly evocative lines, ensuring that his words will become etched in your mind—and will awaken your sense of adventure.

My Thoughts: There is no way around it, I am a huge poetry fan. I love all forms and styles, and believe that poetry is a powerful way for people to express themselves and communicate universal human emotions. Love Her Wild is a romantic, passionate, and insightful look at love. The poems are written in a modern, non-rhyming style and tackle themes such as femininity, heartbreak, intimacy, and happiness. The book itself is broken up into three sections: Love, Her, and Wild.

The poems read like a love letter to an unnamed woman(s). The book as a whole is incredibly respectful and has a focus on empowerment, to not only the unnamed subject but to all women. There are a lot of poems that comment on the beauty,  strength, and power of women, and as I am a woman myself, I felt a lovely boost to my day.

I really enjoyed reading the poems and once I got started, I flew through the book. Since having finished it, I have often picked it up and read a page or two. The poems are not only lovely, but they have a high re-readability and continue to remain poignant.

Best Bits: The below poems are some of my favourites or are ones that have stayed with me. Since the poems themselves don’t have names, I shall have to share the first lines of the poems and if you have a copy, the page number. 

  • ‘It think it’s beautiful’ – pg 10.
  • ‘It took me a long time to realise’ – pg 32.
  • ‘When I first saw you, it took’ – pg 45.
  • ‘It’s not the fear of losing them’ – pg 51.
  • ‘Poetry is a lifelong war waged’ – pg 187.

and the namesake of the book

  • ‘What of the firefly’ – pg 225.

Recommendations: If you’re new to poetry and are looking for something quick and easy to start you off with, I would 100% recommend Love Her Wild. Additionally if you’re not a fan of the lengthy poems or classic poetry, pick up Atticus’ book as it is a brilliant example of modern and short poetry.

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