#coffeedayswhiskeynights by @cyrusparker

A lot can happen between the first sip of coffee and the last taste of whiskey, and this book takes a look at the way a single day can change our outlook on everything from relationships with others, to our relationships with ourselves, and everything in between. Ultimately, coffee days, whiskey nights illustrates that no matter how hopeless we may feel at the end of the day, a new one is only a few hours away.

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when I lay awake late into the night and feel the moonlight wash over me, it asks me,

‘was today a good day?

do you feel okay?

tell em what is weighing so heavily

on your soul’

COFFEE DAYS WHISKEY NIGHTS

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(Central Avenue Publishing, 8 September 2020, e-book, 176 pages, #ARC from the publisher via #NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed)

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I had high hopes for Coffee Days Whiskey Nights because I loved the poet’s collection, Masquerade. I’ve read other poetry collections from the publishers and have found the standard to be really high. I really enjoyed this. The poems take the style I’ve come to accept from modern poetry, short, snappy, social-media esque and very personal. Parker is very similar to other modern poets such as Sin, Leav and Faudet, poets I’ve also enjoyed. I do prefer my poems to be longer and deeper and say more but modern poetry like those to be found here is nice to dip into now and then when I want something a little less intense. I preferred the longer poems as they were richer and had a little more depth. The collection has alternating pages in black and white, I assume to represent days and nights and the print colour alternated as well (i.e. white print on a black page). This served no real purpose as far as I could see and came across as gimmicky.

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