In Alicia Cook’s second poetic effort, designed in the style of an old mixtape, she sets her thoughts to a nostalgic tune. There is no Table of Contents. Instead, there is a “Track List,” making it easy to refer to them to your friends with a, “Hey did you read track seven?!” There are no chapters. Instead, the book is divided into two parts, or as one would say in the 90’s, two “sides.” Side A holds poetry that touches on all aspects of the human condition like life, death, love, moving on, evolving, growing up, hometowns, family dynamic, life after trauma, and make-ups and breakups. Side B holds the “remixes” of these poems, in the form of blackout poetry, also known as “found poetry.” Side B gives the material a fresh twist by creating new poetry out of Side A. There is also a very special surprise at the end of each track. Alicia decided to self publish this effort after leaving her publishing house. She views this book as her “independence” and official separation from that venture. She also drew the front and back cover herself.
The first part of this poetry book is hands-down my favourite and I found it quite interesting that she mentioned the songs she was listening to while pouring her deep thoughts into paper.
The poems in this book will speak to your heart and soul and what a beautiful thing that is. Raw, honest, remarkable; it’s poetry at its finest. Just like art, it’s not always pretty but it will make you feel things.
In a nutshell, if you love poetry, you should definitely give this one a read!
I would like to thank NetGalley, the publishers, and the author for providing me with a Copy of this beautiful book.
Goodreads link: Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately
Amazon link: Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately