Tuesday, January 1, 2019

The Dark Between Stars - Atticus

Title: The Dark Between Stars
Author: Atticus
Publisher: Atria Paperback (Simon & Schuster), 2018 (Paperback)
Length: 228 pages
Genre: Young Adult/Adult; Poetry
Started: January 1, 2019
Finished: January 1, 2019

From the back cover:

In his second collection of poems, Atticus turns his attention to the dualities of a lived experiences - the inescapable connections between our highest highs and lowest lows. He captures the infectious energy of starting a relationship, the tumultuous realities of commitment, and the agonizing nostalgia of being alone again. While grappling with the question of how to live with purpose and find meaning in the journey, these poems offer both honest explorations of loneliness and our search for connection, as well as lighthearted, humorous observations. As Atticus writes poignantly about dancing, Paris, jazz clubs, sunsets, sharing a bottle of wine on the river, rainy days, creating, and destroying, he illustrates that we need moments of both beauty and pain - the darkness and the stars - to fully appreciate all that life and love have to offer.

After reading Atticus' first book, I immediately followed up with his second, released just a few months ago. Thankfully my issue with the first book - that it was all sweetness without any darkness - is resolved for the most part here. The poems are still mainly romantic and optimistic, but there's a nice variety with this new instalment.

If you have a choice between the author's first book of collected poems or this second one, I'd definitely go with the second.

Thoughts on the cover:
The photo for the second cover is more aesthetically pleasing (at least in my opinion) than the first cover's.

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