The Universe Of Us by Lang Leav
Published by Andrews McMeel Publishing
Published 4 October 2016
I was provided with an ARC by the publisher via NetGalley.
WHAT’S IT’S ABOUT
International best-selling author of Love & Misadventure, Lullabies (Goodreads Readers’ Choice Award), and Memories Lang Leav presents a completely new collection of poetry with a celestial theme in The Universe of Us.
Planets, stars, and constellations feature prominently in this beautiful, original poetry collection from Lang Leav. Inspired by the wonders of the universe, the best-selling poetess writes about love and loss, hope and hurt, being lost and found. Lang’s poetry encompasses the breadth of emotions we all experience and evokes universal feelings with her skilfully crafted words.
From How We Began
It was how we began. Your mouth against mine, your fingers tracing along the back of my neck.
WHAT I THOUGHT
I really enjoyed The Universe of Us. I’ve not read anything by this poet before. In a similar style to other collections published by this publisher, this contains short poems and short prose pieces that explore the universal theme of love. Leav uses simple but beautiful language to explore the start, gradual disintegration and end of a young love affair. I could completely relate to what the poems beautifully conveyed. I remember the intensity of my first real love affair. I wrote hundreds of poems about it. Eleven years later I still write about it even though I’ve been in a relationship with someone else for almost as long as it’s been since I ended the relationship. It may be ironic but true – you never forget your first love. It stays with you forever. First love whether it lasts for years or ends in heartache has a special kind of magic Leav captures beautifully. The only thing I didn’t really like was the cover – I thought it was cheesy and didn’t do the contents justice. The Universe of Us has introduced me to a new poet I look forward to reading more of.