Welcome to Ghost Town by Gretchen Gomez


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Welcome to Ghost Town is Gretchen’s second poetry collection. It is different than Love and You, but holds the same lyrical writing. This collection is incredible! I am so blessed Gretchen asked me to read it before the publication date. This is a stunning and beautifully written poetry collection.

Welcome to Ghost Town is about 25 ghosts, each given a name and a voice. Gretchen pours her soul into her writing. Addressing a lot of tough issues such as sexual assault, domestic violence, homophobia but also about hope and strength.

I felt such strong connections to some ghosts, and it was so well done. I am so proud and honored that the book community has allowed me to know her. To be able to read her thoughts and see her overcome everything she has been through in her past.

I encourage everyone to read this collection of poems, you won’t be disappointed!

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[Dis]Connected: Poems and Stories of Connection and Otherwise

38316600Title:[Dis]Connected: Poems and Stories of Connection and Otherwise
Author: Nikita Gill, Amanda Lovelace, Trista Mateer, Sara Bond, Canisia Lubrin, Cyrus Parker, Iain S. Thomas, Yena Sharma Purmasir,Liam Ryan, R.H. Swaney
Genre: Poetry
Pages: 256
Rating: 4 Stars


Humanity exists in a hyper connected world, where our closest friends, loves and enemies lie but a keyboard stroke away. Few know this better than the poets who
have risen to the top of their trade by sharing their emotion, opinion and art with millions of fans.

Combining the poetic forces of some of today’s most popular and confessional poets, this book presents poems and short stories about connection wrapped up in a most unique exercise in creative writing. Follow along as your favorite poets connect with each other; offering their poetry to the next poet who tells a story based on the concept presented to them. With poetry, stories and art, [Dis]Connected is a mixed media presentation of connection and collaboration.


I received an ebook proof from Netgalley for an honest review.

This was a really unique book filled with a wide cast of poets, some I love and some were new to me. Anthologies are difficult to review, as each story is different.I reviewed the  short stories individually, obviously my three favorite were Nakita, Amanda and Cyrus. I will read anything by these three authors,and if i had to pick a favorite story it would be Amanda’s. It was beautiful, magical and about the ocean,so it holds a special place in my heart.It was fun to discover some new poets,I really liked Liam Ryans writing and will look for more of his work in the future.

Nakita Gill 5 Stars
Cyrus Parker 5 Stars
Sarah Bond 3 Stars
Yena Sharma Purmasir 3 Stars
Iain S Thomas 3.5 Stars
Amanda Lovelace 5 Stars
R H Swaney 3 Stars
Trista Mateer 4 Stars
Liam Ryan 4 Stars
Canisia Lubrin 3 Stars

If you’re looking for a fun fast read, by amazingly talent writers then I highly recommend you pick up this book.

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie

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

Wild Embers by Nikita Gill Review

34253376Title: Wild Embers
Author: Nikita Gill
Genre: Poetry
Pages: 160
Rating : 5 Stars



They have lightning in their souls, thunder in their hearts, chaos in their bones.

Nikita Gill’s poetry has captured hearts and minds all over the world; her inspirational words have been shared hundreds of thousands of times online, been plastered across placards on international women’s marches and even transformed into tattoos. This collection will showcase mostly unseen poetry and prose, delving into ideas about passion, identity, empowerment and femininity.



I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Wild Ember is a collection of poetry and prose written by Nikita Gill. This was my first experience reading anything from this author and I highly enjoyed it. I will be picking up more of her writing in the future.

My favorite section was that of the rewritten fairy tale heroines, these poem were magical and everything I never knew I needed. This poetry collection was filled with poems about survival, self love, feminism and healing. I really connected with what the author was saying and I think everyone should pick up a copy f this book, its beautifully written.

Wild Embers has become one of my all-time favorite poetry collections.


Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie

Charcoal Thunderstorms by Cheyenne Raine Review



Title: Charcoal Thunderstorms
Author: Cheyenne Raine
Genre: Poetry
Pages: 140
Publication Date: November 2017

Rating: 4.5


Charcoal thunderstorms is a collection that dances with a more youthful and adventurous escape of poetry. the book has eighty poems divided into five chapters and six short stories and tales. the paperback version allows for the reader to create art within the pages where the poems dwell. there is an art to loving a storm, here is where it begins.


I was given a free PDF copy of charcoal thunderstorms by the author in exchange for a review.

This poetry collection is divided into 6 sections, 5 of the 6 sections are poetry and the last is a group of stories. My favorite section was Monsters and Magic, I also really enjoyed some of the stories. My favorite story was Dreams of Dragons. Cheyenne’s writing style is beautiful and magical it leaves you with in a state of awe. This collection is meant to remind you of your childhood, poems full of fantasy imagery including dragons and elves,moons and oceans. Cheyenne is very talented poet,this is actually the second poetry collection of her’s I’ve read (Maroon Daydreams also really liked it.) I love this collection,it felt like reading a fairy tale.

I think that everyone will be able to find something in this collection that they will love. I highly recommend picking up this book. One of my favorite poetry collections of this year!

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

Love and You by Gretchen Gomez

34335011Title:Love and You
Author: Gretchen Gomez
Genre: Poetry
Pages: 142, paperback
Rating: 5 Stars

This is Gretchen’s debut poetry collection and she didn’t disappoint. Gretchen is one of the first people I started talking to when I began blogging and she is such a sweet girl ! I am so HAPPY for her!

I ordered a paperback copy but I was to impatient that I also purchased an ebook copy so I could read it right away. I finished the book in one sitting. I expected to love it before I read it but I didn’t expect to feel so deeply connected to what Gretchen was saying. I’m at a loss for words. Her words are so powerful and beautifully written. I was able to relate to almost every poem and they left me in tears. Every girl should pick up a copy and read this collection. Girls need to know that self love is important and it’s okay to let go.I can’t even begin to pick a favorite poem I loved so many of them. I can’t wait to read more of Gretchen’s work in the future.

one day i met a guy
who stole my heart,
we created a world
for ourselves.
and another day
he broke my heart
and shattered
my soul.

i took the tattered
pieces of this
broken soul and
became anew.

– here lies the hurting, the healing, and the learning

About the Author


Gretchen Gomez is a writer and blogger from Bronx, New York. First generation Puerto Rican. She’s been writing poetry since the age of 11 and although silenced for many years, she cut the ties with silence. “love, and you” is her first published poetry collection and she is working on other collections at the moment. Gretchen makes art out of all her past experiences.

You can find her here:
blog: chicnerdreads.wordpress.com
twitter: chicnerdreads
instagram: chicnerdreads
tumblr: chicnerdreads.tumblr.com

Please support her by picking up a copy of love, and you here: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/1542662958/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Poem -Anxiety-

For World Poetry day I decided to share a poem I have been working on for the last couple of days with you. I have been nervous about sharing it because I’ve been out of practice with writing and scared that it wasn’t very good. Also my poetry is personal so it feels as if I’m sharing a piece of myself with you all. I posted a picture on Instagram and I have gotten some support from people, which is incredible, thank you !


It whispers in my ear,
I shouldn’t listen to it
Telling me
all the things
that could go wrong
I struggle to breathe
As hands
wrap around my lungs
People just look
Judging me
I can’t fight off
this monster
they don’t see
nobody does
my heart throbs
my muscles contracting
mychest burning
the monster
tightening it’s grip
I feel sick
Its too hot
I wish I could tell
But when asked how I am
I smile
and say
Im fine

-Anxiety — Stephanie Gillespie


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Whiskey Words & a Shovel II by Rh Sin

29499443Whiskey Words & a Shovel II

Author: Rh Sin



Rating: 4 Stars

I came upon this book while I was browsing for new poetry books on Tumblr.I love poetry so much, and I love finding new poets. I had not previously read the first collection, but I really enjoyed this second collection. I had a few favourites, some of the poems seemed repetitive. It took me a few weeks to finish reading the book because I didn’t want to rush through it. I would read a few poems a day.I did find some of the poems to be negative, but his writing was really well done.It was dark and powerful and I would definitely suggest it!