DROPKICKromance by Cyrus Parker // Review

34841233Title: DROPKICKromance
Author: Cyrus Parker
Genre: Poetry
Rating: 5 Stars


A collection of autobiographical poetry about healing and learning to love again from professional-wrestler-turned-poet, Cyrus Parker.

The first half of DROPKICKromance focuses on a toxic, long-distance relationship the author was involved in for several years, while the second half focuses on his current relationship with poet Amanda Lovelace. Ultimately, the collection tells about a profound journey of healing.



This is a poetry debut I was HIGHLY anticipating and I wasn’t disappointed.

I cannot explain how much I LOVED this poetry collection !!! I was reading it while in the waiting room at my doctor’s office, trying to fight back tears. The tears won by the way, all these strangers were looking at me but I didn’t care. Cyrus put so much emotion into his writing. You can feel all the pain and heartache he endures in the beginning. The
first half of the book tells the story of an abusive long distance relationship. His words
are beautiful and you could tell he put a lot of himself into this book. The second half of the book was about his wife Amanda, who is the Author of  The Princess Saves herself in this one. Knowing this section was about her, made the connection I felt to the poems all the more powerful. Amanda wrote a the forward to the book and it was so touching. Cyrus and Amanda are such a loving and inspirational couple, they are also very nice people!!

This is a poetry collection about the path of healing, the journey to self discovery, and love. Cyrus writes with raw honesty, that makes his book stand out from other collections.I honestly can’t wait for more book’s from him in the future, he is definitely a favorite poet of mine. Pick up a copy of this book, I promise you wont be disappointed.

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie


The witch doesn’t burn in this one by Amanda Lovelace // Review

34518216Title: The Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One
Author: Amanda Lovelace
Genre: Poetry
Rating: 4 Stars


The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now—indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one.

Today is the release day (March 6 2018) and even though I just ordered my copy, I couldn’t wait to read it. So I bought the kindle version. I LOVED The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One! I’m so excited to have finally read this book, it feels like I have been waiting forever to get a copy. Amanda is such a talented and inspiring writer. Princess will always have a special place in my heart but this collection is my new favorite.

This poetry collection includes topics on feminism,rape culture,body shaming,eating disorders,abuse and many more. This collection of poems are powerful and empowering.

Reviewing poetry is difficult because there not written like a novel, but I found that the overall flow of the poems went really well together.This collection isn’t as personal as Princess, it focuses more on women as a whole group. Amanda has definitely grown as a writer. I love her writing and I will continue to support her in the future.

I am always blown away by her poems. Words  cannot express how much I loved this book. I HIGHLY recommend this book!!!

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur Review

35606560—————————————————————————————————————————————–Title: The Sun and Her Flowers
Author: Rupi Kaur
Genre: Poetry
Pages: 256
Rating: 4 Stars


From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself.

Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.

this is the recipe of life
said my mother
as she held me in her arms as i wept
think of those flowers you plant
in the garden each year
they will teach you
that people too
must wilt
in order to bloom


I’ve anxiously waited so long for Rupi Kaur to write a second novel, I ran out the day it was released and bought myself a copy.

The Sun and Her Flowers is different from Milk and Honey in themes but the writing remains beautiful. Milk and Honey was about survival,abuse, love and femininity. Where The Sun and her flowers is about grief,self-abandonment, family history,love and empowerment. That being said I loved the first book so much more, Milk and Honey was mind blowing. I found myself struggling, even though my copy is tabbed with favorites.

I love what Rupi stands for, and how she pours so much emotions into her writing. You can feel her passion rolling off the words. This book is such powerful read. The illustration were simple and gorgeous.

Some Favorites

We are all born so beautiful,
the greatest tragedy is being convinced we’re not.

you ask
if we can still be friends
i explain how a honeybee
does not dream kissing
the mouth of a flower
and then settle for its leaves

this place makes me
the kind of exhausted that has
nothing to do with sleep
and everything to do with
the people around me

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie