#YouAreHere by @dawnlanuza

Growth and change—two powerful anthems resonate throughout this collection of poetry and prose that will leave you feeling emboldened and empowered.

You Are Here is Dawn Lanuza’s newest collection of contemporary poetry that lends itself to the idea of giving ourselves second chances. These self-healing poems and words draw on central themes of self-love, self-discovery, and empowerment. In order to survive the vicissitudes of life, You Are Here boldly reminds readers to always choose themselves, and in times where it seems impossible, to find the courage and strength to start anew.

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[No one knows how to love me when I’m sad / and I can’t blame them for that HOW TO LOVE IN THE DARK]

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(Andrews McMeel Publishing, 12 February 2019, 272 pages, ebook, ARC from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed)

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This is my first time reading the poet. I thought You Are Here was a great collection. I loved every poem. Lanuza tackles universal themes; love, self-love, self-discovery, relationships, and empowerment. The poems are personal and feel like Lanuza is showing me the secret chambers of her heart and soul. Those are the type of poems I love to read and write. There are a few stories in You Are Here but mostly poetry. My favourites were How to Love in the Dark, All This Wanting, Sad Girl, Crash and Burn, All I Had Was White Space and The Tourist.

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