Atticus Poetry: The dark between the stars
Long gone are the days where a poem had to be five pages long to be considered good. If you go onto goodreads and look at the reviews that Atticus received for his second book there will be a combination of great reviews and not so great reviews. “I was a huge fan of Atticus’s first book Love Her Wild, I gave it 5 stars, but this collection of poetry was so disappointing. I liked maybe three poems in this entire collection and the rest were such basic, cliche-sounding crap.” says Gabby who has given 640 ratings.
And the BookGypsy had something completely different to say: “Great book of poetry! His ability to say so much in only a few words is amazing. Each poem sparks a thought, a memory and takes you on your own journey. I love that the book has photos with each poem. A wonderful book of words.”
Whenever I want to read a new book whether it be a poetry book, fictional book or a self-help book I always look at the ratings and to be honest, I think that is one of the worst things you could do. If you see a book that sparks your interest you need to allow that spark to grow, not by looking at other people’s opinions. Pick the book up and make your own decision.
Atticus labels his work as poetry and I think that even if you only read: “I’ve always loved lavender, it’s purple in all the right places.” and think to yourself that this could not be considered a poem, take into consideration whether or not this line made you feel anything? Poetry doesn’t need to belong and complicated it needs to make the reader feel something.
Ernest Hemingway once said: “My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.” If you can say what you need to say in the simplest and purest form that is more than enough. This will ensure that many people will have the opportunity to relate and understand your work. And, I feel that is exactly what Atticus does with his poems.