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.
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.