By Lang Leav
A sequel to the hugely popular, best-selling Love & Misadventure, Lullabies continues to explore the intricacies of love and loss.
Set to a musical theme, love’s poetic journey in this new, original collection begins with a Duet and travels through Interlude and Finale with an Encore popular piece from the best-selling Love & Misadventure. Lang Leav’s evocative poetry speaks to the soul of anyone who is on this journey.
I bought Lang Leav’s first book, Love & Misadventure, at the same time as I purchased Lullabies. Lullabies is her second book of poetry and arguably, much, much better.
There are still a fair amount of rhyming poems in Lullabies, but Lullabies poems are overall much better and certainly don’t have the same trouble with bad, grating poetry.
Lullabies feels much more grown up than Love & Misadventure. I hope Lang Leav keeps trying to grow as a poet.
Here a few of my favorites from the book:
Aging is a euphemism for dying and the age of a tree can only be counted by
its rings once it has been felled.
Sometime I feel there are so many rings inside me, and if anyone were to
look they would see that I have lived and died many times over, each time
shedding my leaves bare with the hope of renewal-
the desire to be reborn.
Like concentric circles that spill outwards across the water-
I wish I could wear my rings on the surface and feel less ashamed of them.
Or better yet, to be completely stripped and baptized- my lines vanishing
like a newly pressed garment, a still pond.
and this one:
I still search
for you in crowds,
in empty fields
and soaring clouds.
In city lights
and passing cars,
on winding roads
and wishing stars.
I wonder where
you could be now,
for years I’ve not said
your name out loud.
And longer since
I called you mine—
time has passed
for you and I.
But I have learnt
to live without,
I do not mind—
I still love you anyhow.
Lang Leav’s poetry definitely isn’t for everyone. But I do think it does appeal to some people, especially people (like me) who aren’t all that fond of traditional styles of poetry. Lang Leav writes a very accessible type of poetry and I find that very appealing.