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Glass Hearts and Broken Promises

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Why did you come into my life acting like you loved me. Showing me something I never had before. Making me believe you cared and then leave? (27) But there was a part of me that wanted to see you again. A part of me that didn’t want the last time I saw you to have been the last time. I was hoping that there’d be a day where we’d finally see each other again and everything would finally feel right. We would finally make sense that when day came. It didn’t end the way I had imagined it (143) As someone who does like free-verse, it was hard to even justify this as such. At times, the writing seemed clunky and full of cliches; an amalgamation of what I hate calling “instapoetry”. Perhaps it may have been my inability to connect with some of the topics such as that of heartbreak, but it didn’t necessarily seem profound, and something out of a cheesy romcom or a friend grasping at straws trying to convince you to get over your ex. And second, some lines just don't really make sense. The logic is entirely missing, or at least a big enough part of it that I can't follow.

I trusted you when I shouldn’t have. I let you in to find comfort in a bed that should’ve never warmed your heart… You violated me. You betrayed the friendship I gave you. And the betrayal from that night has hung heavy in my heart and has clouded my mind (44) I’d spent forever waking up beside you. Learning the way you liked your coffee. Listening to what brought you joy in this world and consoling you when things didn’t go as planned. It was brutal letting all that go. I was suspended in a future that I thought we both had wanted and now that that’s gone (111) If someone’s already looking for a way out you can’t hold onto them. No matter how much you love them they won’t stay (124)Glass Hearts & Broken Promises is a very modern collection of poems in that it has no rhymes, no verse, no titles, and barely any punctuation. And that could have been fine! Some of my favourite poems ever are in free verse! Anyone who's ever read any poem Mary Oliver wrote knows free verse can be done well. Sometimes I wish you would have loved me like I loved you. love isn’t worrying about the other people they’re texting claiming that they’re just friends. So, if you would have loved me like I loved you I would’ve never learned that love was never you to begin with (134) You kept me hanging on by a string. Made me believe in every word you would say never giving me more than what would keep me alive. You had me convinced that you cared (30) You had me believing that I meant more to you than what I actually did. You were always great at making me believe in lies (68) After leaving high school, I kept a diary for a couple years because I was so heartbroken and lonely I didn't know where else to say it. Once, after several sleepless nights, I decided nothing else would convey my pain quite as well as poetry, and so of course I had to write a poem. I was 19, painfully naïve and inexperienced, writing in a language I wasn't really fluent in, drunk on tiredness, and hadn't written poetry since my high school literature teacher had us write one (1) poem when I was 15.

PDF / EPUB File Name: Aisling_A_Spell_Unbinding_-_AE_Jurgens.pdf, Aisling_A_Spell_Unbinding_-_AE_Jurgens.epub And yet somehow, that awful, trite, clumsy poem still sounded more like poetry - and a lot more heartfelt - than anything I've read in this book. You cared about them more than anyone else in the world. Believed that they could change and you kept loving them even though they never deserved it and it was never enough because they walked away like it was nothing (126) None of that can amound to poetry. Whatever this book is, it's certainly not poetry. It has none of its hallmarks, and because it's so full of clichés, it's not even moving. It's poetry only because it's being sold as such. In reality, this is simply a diary with strange line breaks and a meandering style (for a diary). I continued loving you despite knowing that you didn’t deserve me. I kept supporting you thinking that you were going to change I made excuses for the relationship thinking that it was going to be different this time around but it wasn’t because I couldn’t make you choose me or want me or even remember me when I was gone (89)Glass Hearts & Broken Promises does none of that, and that's a dealbreaker for me. There are certainly a lot of words associated with vulnerability (pain, broken, grief, miss, etc.) but they're all used so plainly that it's impossible to feel the full weight of them. Language that we're used to is language that becomes purely utilitarian and loses its punch, and that's the only language that's used in this book. I found some of the poems to be extremely beautiful, and in general, some of the writing to be thought-evoking, especially as a person who has never experienced heartbreak before. But my accolades can’t run far as there were a lot of structural errors that made it difficult for me to enjoy the collection. It feels like I’ll always be a little bit broken and these scars will always remain because one time is all that it takes. One lie (46)

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