What are people looking for in a poetry book?

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#1

What do you look for in a poetry book?


#2

I think most people look for poetry that is relatable, but that’s just my thoughts. I always love it when a poet can turn an event or experience everyone has into something poetic and make something ordinary extra-ordinary :slight_smile:


#3

I’m a controversial person.

Hence why all of my poems are dark and controversial (who could guess).

The things my poems are about:

  • homophobia,
  • religion,
  • anorexia,
  • trapped (metaphorically and literally),
  • sexism,
  • suicide,
  • etc.

Basically what I’m saying is…

I look for a poetry book that makes a clear (most often controversial or meaningful) statement with each individual poem. I don’t look for the sappy: Roses are red, violets are blue, type of stuff. I want the deep shit.

But that’s just me. I don’t speak for anyone else :herb:


#4

Yes, I agree.


#5

Thank you.


#6

As a poetess I am very demanding when it comes to poetry, as much as I can read anything when it comes to novels, I am a very-hard-to-satisfy reader when it comes to poetry. I read rarely poetry and most of the time my reads evolve around a handful of poets that I know by heart, because for me poetry is a matter of emotions and feelings, and the personality of the poet is very important in my decision to read or not to read the poetry. This is why I do a research on the poet first before reading that latter’s works. I like it when the poet reasons in the same way than I do. I have a thing for anarchistic, rebellious, free-thinking, misanthropist and unpopular poets, those who don’t write about the flings of their hearts but the flings of their souls … just like I do. :thinking:


#7

Beauty. A touch of the divine, upon a sensitive spot of the deepest sorrow. That’s what poetry means to me.


#8

It shouldn’t be chained to orthodox and traditional literary and grammar nodes. Free it from its literary constraints and explore the archaic and strange territory. Make it personal, make it ooze your feeling. I look for something that impresses and goes for it.


#9

I think people are looking for something like the right words for a specific moment or a specific feeling


#10

writing that makes me feel something. that’s pretty much it.


#11

AMEN


#12

100% agree - poetry is one of those genres with so much freedom


#13

I look for poetry with true feeling and a specific topic. I’m quite picky when it comes to poems so I can’t stand when poems are sappy romance because I feel like those have no direction and are generic. I enjoy poems about series topics as well because they raise awareness :innocent: