Title: Somebody Give This Heart A Pen
Author: Sophia Thakur
Genre: Poetry, Young Adult, Romance, Empowerment, Relationship
Publisher: Candlewick Press
*I received an ARC of Somebody Give This Heart a Pen by Sophia Thakur through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.*
Synopsis: “A compelling collection of poems that explores the emotions and experiences of growing up as a mixed-race woman.
From acclaimed performance poet Sophia Thakur comes a powerful new collection of poems exploring issues of identity, difference, perseverance, relationships, fear, loss and joy. The collection is arranged as life is: from youth to school, to home life, falling in love and falling straight back out again. The poems draw on the author’s experience as a young mixed-race young woman trying to make sense of a lonely and complicated world. With a strong narrative voice and emotional empathy, this is poetry that will resonate with all young people, whatever their background, and whatever their dreams. As she says, she hopes the poems will help readers ‘grow through what they go through'”
Review: I’ve been drawn into the world of poetry by all those beautiful instagrammable poetry (milk & honey, etc.). While those modern poems are beautiful in their own way I have found more and more a sense of repetitiveness. This collection, although still modern, have so much more complexity. These beautiful poems are exactly what I needed to reignite my love of poetry.
I’ll admit I’m no poetry expert, but Sophia writes in such emotional, beautiful poems with so much strength. Her words tug at my soul. Sophia tackles so many different topics in her poems from friendship to race to self-empowerment. This is not a book to speed read through. Each poem has so much depth to discover and be savored!
- “From fixing we learned and from learning came life.”
- “What matters is not what you are called But what you answer to.”
- “silence cannot be misquoted”
- “We are callusing where we should soften”
- “When does compromise become sacrifice When does sacrifice become surrender”