Poetry Review: A Graceless & Flourishing Heart (2023)

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A Graceless & Flourishing Heart by Lauren Eve

I’ve been looking forward to reading Lauren Eve’s work for a while now and I was so flattered when she asked me to read an ARC of her collection! Oh my gosh, it’s so pretty. Not just the gorgeous poems, but it’s aesthetically pleasing, too. And the photography complements the poetry in a really lovely way. A E S T H E T I C S, yanno? *chef’s kiss*

It’s so hard to pick a favourite poem in here because so many of them stood out to me and I would probably quote almost every poem (!), but honestly there’s so much to like about these poems from start to finish. I shall settle for sharing this one:

Gold and purple beads scattered
on the sidewalk of New Orleans
abandoned cocktail glasses
left in that hipster bar in Zurich
a forgotten paperback half
in the sands of Como’s beach
remnants of us remain
everywhere but here.

Overall I found this to be a lovely debut by a new poet and this is definitely a book fellow poetry fans should check out! I can’t wait to read Eve’s next book!

Thank you to the author for an ARC.

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