Author: Lang Leav
Publication: October 6th 2015, Andrews McMeel Publishing
Genre: Poetry, Romance
ISBN: 1449472397 / 9781449472399
Best-selling poet Lang Leav presents a gorgeous hardcover gift book featuring the best of Lullabies and Love & Misadventure plus thirty-five new poems for fans to discover, along with original color illustrations by the author.
For fans of Lang Leav, this beautiful gift book is a must-have! Beloved pieces from Lullabies and Love & Misadventure are collected together in this illustrated treasury. In addition, 35 new poems that have not been published in any Lang Leav collection offer something new to discover. The author’s original art is presented in lovely four-color illustrations.
Lang Leav’s evocative poetry in a gorgeous package with ribbon marker and cloth spine is an irresistible gift for any poetry lover!
“I do know there are all kinds of barriers to love. I do believe the world needs less of them.”
Another Leav book that consists of poetries. This book is intended to be a gift to someone; a book that is enduring, one that could be kept as a keepsake, as what she said. But for me, this book is a little reminder- a reminder that all of us has a story to be told, all of us are fighting our own battle, all of us are hurting, and it’s okay because it makes us all human and a little kinder to others.
Well, aside from a collection of poetries, this book is more of a compilation of different stories- stories about what-ifs, stories about “yeses” in the world full of “nos”, stories of what could have been, and mainly, stories about love and life. I really am a sucker for love poems, so this book is a big yay to me. Also, I can connect with most of Leav’s poems, but the one that really got me is the Three questions and it goes like this:
What was it like to love him? asked Gratitude. It was like being exhumed, I answered. And brought to life in a flash of brilliance.
What was it like to be loved in return? asked Joy. It was like being seen after a perpetual darkness, I replied. To be heard after a lifetime of silence.
What was it like to lose him? asked Sorrow. There was a long pause before I responded:
It was like hearing every goodbye ever said to me—said all at once.
You know, this book taught me that love is just around the corner, at the couple you saw a while ago, at your mom who woke up early to prepare your breakfast, at the little kid who jogged with his dog-literally everywhere. Maybe not the love we expected, but love- it comes to different people in different ways. Out of the 200+ pages of this book, you’d know that most of the time, love is not beautiful- it could leave you wishing you never ever thought of falling in love, it could leave you hating that person who hurted you but at the end of the day you still wish for that same person, it could leave you regretting the things you did and you didn’t do, and it could leave you wishing you can take another shot to make things right. Yes, this book would either make your almost-healed wounds ache again, make you remember the things you worked on so hard to forget, or make you hope again. So yup, this book review is a fair warning too before reading this great work of art.
I’m sure that while reading this books, you’ll come across at least one of the stories that will make you say “This poem is for me.” Believe me, I swear it. And believe me when I say, this book’s going to hurt. Bigtime.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lang Leav is a recipient of the Qantas Spirit of the Youth Award and a prestigious Churchill Fellowship. Her artwork is exhibited internationally and she was selected to take part in the landmark Playboy Redux show curated by the Andy Warhol Museum. She currently lives with her partner and collaborator, Michael, in a little house by the sea. Her works and poetries swings between the whimsical and woeful, expressing a complexity beneath its childlike facade. To know more about her, head on to her website.