Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately by Alicia Cook
Published by Andrews McMeel Publishing
Expected publication 11 April 2017
I was given an ARC by the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.
WHAT’S IT’S ABOUT
A poet, journalist, and activist, Alicia Cook offers a soundtrack of survival.
Structured like an old-school mix-tape, Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately is Alicia Cook’s lyric message to anyone who has dealt with addiction. “Side A” touches on all aspects of the human condition: life, death, love, trauma, and growth. “Side B” contains haunting black-out remixes of those poems.
From Track One
This is dedicated to the man who saved me…
WHAT I THOUGHT
This is my first time reading the poet and it won’t be my last. I absolutely adored Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately. I could read most of the poems over and over and never grow tired of the language, images and feelings they invoke. Cook writes the type of poems I love to read and write and was definitely my cup of tea. I was really moved by some poems on side A, especially the ones that explored grief. I just really enjoyed all of the poems. I wasn’t sure how I felt about side B at first. Some of the poems were not all that different from side A but gradually I fell in love with these as well. I thought Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately was great. I cannot wait to read more.