Book Reviews, Books

Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately by Alicia Cook

29059581Rating: 4/5


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

Book Reviews, Books

Fairy Tale Destruction: A Book of Dark Poetry by Erik Straker


Rating: 3/5

Synopsis: A compilation of horror poems, dark rhymes, evil verses, and songs of love.

A wild ride through the mind of an angry young man who both loved and hated the world. A bitter struggle to reconcile with the horrors of life, the idea of religion, and the violence inherent in the world.

The first part of the collection — Beast and Beauty — contains ten poems representing what is both ugly and beautiful in the world.

Birth of a Serial Killer
Baby Doll Dead
Dead Man
The Beautiful Bloody Kiss
In the Dark
I Feel Within
Cry to Heaven
Dark Paths
Confessions of an Android
Fairy Tale Destruction

The second part of the collection — Love and Hate — contains ten poems representing pieces written from extreme feelings of love and hate. Some are beautiful. Some are wretched.

Photographs of You
In Winter
One Wish
The Virgin Bleeds
Pound of Flesh
The Speed of Ghosts
Dead Children
Eat Your Family
The Unholy Rape
Resurrecting Monsters

FAIRY TALE DESTRUCTION is a dark and bloody book of stanzas that delves deep into the mind and heart of a tortured artist’s fractured psyche.

Review: If you are looking for poems the shade of rainbows and butterflies, then I strongly advise you to look elsewhere. But in case you are in the mood for poems jam-packed with anger, hate, confusion, suicidal thoughts, death, and many other trigger warnings then the « Fairy Tale Destruction » could be what you’re looking for.

The poems in this book are disturbing, shocking, and bloody dark hence the name “A Book of Dark Poetry“; it definitely lives up to it! Most of the time, it feels like the author is daring you to keep on reading while pushing you out of your comfort zone, thus testing your limits. But that is exactly what makes this book worth a read. It’s an open gate into the raw angry thoughts of a person who’s been through hell and beyond. So read at your own risk!

“I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book or the content of my review.”

Goodreads link: Fairy Tale Destruction: A Book of Dark Poetry

Amazon link: Fairy Tale Destruction: A Book of Dark Poetry