Light filters in – Poems by Caroline Kaufman
I was kindly contacted by Harper Collins and given a list of books to choose from to review. I chose this and they kindly sent me a ‘sneak peek’ of what it will look like when published. They also sent a lovely little bookmark and who doesn’t need more bookmarks (not me)
So a huge thank you to the lovely folk at Harper Collins.
I hadn’t heard of Caroline Kaufman before receiving this but she began by posting her poetry on Instagram and you can find her there as @poeticpoison
So what did I think?
Hey you have a book to review! Whats it called?
Light filters in
Who wrote it?
Whats it about?
It’s a book of modern poetry written by a teenager to help her cope with and try to understand the depression she suffers from
Now for the important bits, did you like it? (be honest now)
Its absolutely amazing and I loved it.
I’m often daunted by poetry especially modern poetry. I used to think that if it didn’t rhyme it wasn’t a poem (so not true) and I was always afraid that I wouldn’t ‘get it’ but there is no worries with Caroline’s beautiful words. For someone so young she has written some very mature poetry. There are a mix of poem styles, some rhyming, some not and some others that more closely resemble a short story.
Her struggles with anxiety and depression at such a young age are documented here but it doesn’t get maudlin or self pitying at all it’s simply honest.
Its just a small taster booklet with 24 or so poems but I believe the finished book will have 100 and I can’t wait to read more of them.
Gimme the Pros?
Each poem is a wonderful little work of art. Sad, funny, ironic, raw but always entertaining. And so clever with it. One of her poems can actually be read backwards as well as forwards and you get a different meaning each time. Now that’s smart!
Its illustrated by Yelena Bryksenkova with some cute little black and white line drawings which compliment the text really well.
Its definitely a book I want to quote and re-read many times over. Sadly as its a proof copy I can’t reproduce anything here but its out in hardback on 28th June.
Hit me with the Cons?
No cons here!
All the feels or none of the feels?
Oh all of them and more besides! There is so much feeling in every poem whether it’s a few lines or a page.
Okay, so enjoyment factor out of 10?
10 of course!
Would you recommend I read this book?
If you love modern poetry and powerful words and honest feelings and want to be snuggled up in the beauty of them then yes, you need this book.