Title: Blushing: Expressions of Love in Poems And Letters
Author: +Paul B. Janeczko
Star rating: 4/5
Synopsis from Amazon:
The thumping of your heart in your chest. A pit in your stomach. A blush. These are the symptoms of love sickness, and if you've ever experienced them, this book is for you.
Critically acclaimed poet and anthologist, Paul Janeczko has turned his attention to a new compilation of love poems for teens that collects the most poignant and moving musings about love from a diverse group of classic poets and writers like Shakespeare, Dickinson, Whitman, Millay, Angelou, and many more.
This is a book girls will carry with them always.They will dog-ear the pages, pass it to friends, sleep with it. And they will go back to it again and again and find in it the drama, the pain, the joy of loving.
Poetry is hit and miss for me. I love some, and completely loathe others. This collection of poetry and letters compiled by Janeczko is a book that I fell in love with. I broke out my gel-highlighters and got to work. By the time I got to the end there are in all 8 dog-eared pages with my favorite poems highlighted. Some of the poems I read were poems I had already heard of, but a lot of the poems were new which I'm very thankful for because I didn't want to be reading a book of all poems I had read before.
I quite enjoyed a lot of the poems contained within this book. I didn't outright dislike any of them, but some of them felt too outdated for me, so I liked those less than the other poems. I also like the fact that this book not only focuses on the joys of falling in love, but also the feelings associated with the downsides to love.
Favorite poem in the book:
First Love - John Clare
"I never saw so sweet a face
as that I stood before.
My heart has left its dwelling place
and can return no more."