My first foyer into poetry came in the form of Carol Ann Duffy and Simon Armitage during my school years and I have been intrigued ever since. It is a great way to express yourself. I have also recently become more and more interested in spoken word. I know poetry and spoken word can be overwhelming when you first get into it and I recently read three box which I personally feel would be a good starting point if you are looking to explore your interest in it.
She Must Be Mad – Charly Cox
It is almost like Charly took my teenage experience and wrapped it up in a beautiful book. Except it is her experiences and through her poems she opens up to the world about her struggles as a young girl, struggles with mental health, relationships, loving herself and so much more. If you are a young girl and grew up in the UK, you will be able to resonate a lot with Charly’s beautiful words be it your struggles with food or drunken antics at a party. You can truly see how her experiences shaped her to be the wonderful woman she is today.
Milk & Honey – Rupi Kaur
I had heard a lot about this book but I only picked up recently. There is something special and quite revealing about an Indian woman being so open about sex. As an Indian woman myself I could not help but be in awe of how open she was and knew how strong she would have had to be in order to publish it. I do wish some of the poems were a bit longer but the writing was fantastic.
Wild Embers – Nikita Gil
Wild Embers was actually the first poetry book I picked up this year and it reignited my love for spoken word and poetry. Nikita spoke about everything from her love of disney princess to her experiences in relationships and growing up. The writing flowed beautifully and gave a lot of food for thought.
All three books brings something different and tugged at different heartstrings. Each of these ladies made me laugh, cry, over think in ways I didn’t expect too on my commutes across London. They are all incredible humans and are making waves in this new era of poetry.