Whiskey Words & a Shovel II by R.H. Sin

Whiskey Words & a Shovel II

Real and raw, the voice of R. H. Sin delivers gritty, impassioned truths on matters of loving, living, and leaving in his second book of poetry.  Sin's first book is a bestseller and continues to delight his one million followers.R.H. Sin’s second volume continues the passion and vigor of his previous publication. His stanzas inspire strength through the pure emotional energy and the vulnerability of his poems. Relationships, love, pain, and f...

Details Whiskey Words & a Shovel II

TitleWhiskey Words & a Shovel II
Release DateJun 7th, 2016
PublisherAndrews McMeel Publishing

Reviews Whiskey Words & a Shovel II

  • Jen (Book Syrup)
    This poetry collection, which I was SO excited for, was way over-hyped. I found it to have the following things, and more, that really irked me to the point of no return: preach-y to women (when the author is a man), likes to romanticize depression and the aftermath of abusive relationships, compares a woman's sex to a winter jacket, continously says he's a better man than any other man the women he's speaking to has been with, and is filled to t...
  • jenice
    -this was so fake deep™-none of the poems felt new, fresh. it was a mix of everything i've read before, except worse-and that's not a bad thing, but the writer should make it their own and make it seem original to the readergood thing(s)-i read it in less than an hour1.5 stars (.5 because it kept me interested enough to finish the collection)
  • Joseph
    Interlude for the survivor.the pain means you're alive the scars mean you've always survivedWhiskey Words & a Shovel II by r.h. Sin is the author's second collection of poetry. Mr. Sin is a minimalist when it comes to a biography -- An old Facebook page, a closed Twitter account, and an Instagram account with plenty of pictures of his poems. Sometimes great things happen by accident. I saw this book and immediately started it. A few years ago I r...
  • WhatIReallyRead
    Isn't this cover absolutely beautiful?Well, I thought so. So I ordered this book knowing absolutely nothing about it or about the author. And while waiting for it to arrive, I painted a little fan art with watercolors: Now to the actual book. It's pretty small, and most poems are tiny, consisting of just a couple lines. It's very easy to read in one sitting in under an hour. The general themes are unrequited love, heartbreak, search and hope for ...
  • dina
    different, yet the same.different personsame paindifferent personsame liesI hate the moments between meeting someone and leaving someonethere’s this brief feeling of trust before the paranoia that seeps in once you begin to realize that they’re just like everyone else you’ve met beforedifferent personsame bullshit No offense, God please forgive me for saying this, but how is that a poem and how am I supposed to fall for it?I have not reache...
  • Sarah
    Reading this collection of poems felt like home. I am so glad I randomly stumbled upon this one.Very simple, incredibly beautiful and truly powerful read.
  • Alex Cino
    Perhaps R.H Sin does boast a fearless and vulnerable voice, but this remains one of the most appalingly tasteless volumes I've ever read. What we have here is a bombardment of obsessive love letters and cringe-worthy rants , most no more than a sentence or two of free verse.Page after page demands the reader to "find a man who loves you with all the love you deserve."A poem simply titled "Sent text" reads:"Be consistent, or become non existent." ...
  • Ece
    I hate it when men thinks only men's approval and attention can make the women feel worthy. Misogynist as fuck. Same old bullshit.
  • Aishath Thuhufa
    Cannot believe I managed to finish that...what was that?? It tried so hard to be "deep" but was sooo repetitive and patronising. Didn't actually make any sense half the time, but all the while it was trying to tell women what they should learn/be taught to do this and that/how grateful they should be/basically how they should just do whatever the author wants them to do but always "love themselves". Struggled so hard to get through it, hoping I'd...
  • Glitterbomb
    This is misogynistic, egotistical bullshit, that made me angry to be perfectly honest.I'm done with this author. This isn't poetry, its recycled, repetitive, and uninspired drivel.
  • Emerald
    “you kill your future by mourning the past”
  • Vera Minot
    I seriously do not understand the hype. Maybe this just isn't the type of poetry for me, but it felt like the ramblings of 15 year old me. Only if I went back and read my insufferable journals from over a decade ago I know they'd move me more than these works did (and I am a poetry reader not a poetry writer so that should say something). It was the same few topics ("teach women to love themselves" check, got it) and the same blasé vocabulary th...
  • Hirdesh
    Review to come.
  • Pam (The Girl Who Cried Books)
    I came upon this book while I was browsing for new poetry books at Netgalley. I love poetry so much and I'm the type to immerse myself in poems of all sorts. Sin's poetry is simple yet deep and also straight to the point. It hits the bullseye of feels. No matter what situation you are in, you are sure to find one that is applicable to you in Whiskey Words & a Shovel. I've read a poem about going through and past distance just to get to the one yo...
  • Julia Sapphire
    3.75 out of 5 stars "sometimes you have to drown to learn how to swim" This collection of poetry was BEAUTIFUL! It was almost everything I could have asked for in poetry. It was mesmerizing and relatable . I had not previously read the first installment but reading this one alone, I had no complications. My only issue was with the narration. This voice coming across was very soft and loving and than on the next page mean and stern. I underst...
  • Francesca
    I didn't particularly love this poetry collection: it felt too focused of breakups, and it was full negativity. The themes were a bit repetitive: it almost seemed like I was reading the same poem over and over. I found few pages that I liked, but I would honestly recommend other poetry collections instead, like Mouthful of Forevers or milk and honey.
  • Bear Mcbearington
    I bought this on the high recommendations on this site. But god damn this reads like an edgy sixteen year old who just went through a break up. I'm half convinced the author is actually some kind of twitter bot that just shits out random combinations of crap you'd find in a diary of a teenager. And anyone who enjoys it is either a teen or too stupid to realise how utter shit (and often patronizing) all this is. I'd give it a 0 if I could. The th...
  • Paras2
    I came to this book with high expectations since I've been reading parts of it on every page in instagram... but well, I'm disappointed. once again social media proved to be crap and the voice of the mass.I don't deny I bookmarked some poems but generally I was rolling my eyes at the cheesy encouragements and promises of tomorrow. 😌
  • Hemlyn
    So much melodramatic, pseudo-deep doggerel in one tiny book. The poet is capable of so much more, I feel.
  • Karen
    This book. This g*****n book. SO BEAUTIFUL AND PERFECT, I CANNOT. This is one of those poetry books that will hit you straight in the heart, talking about self-love and acceptance and moving forward and finding your own peace and place in thr world. I salute the poet for being effective in all of his words and making me feel like I deserve books like this and that the reading experience will be impactful and life-changing.I highly recommend you g...
  • sanny
    Browsed through this at the bookstore again to give the poet the benefit of the doubt, a second viewing if you will. Alas, I'm just not a fan of the style of poetry here. And the typology used didn't add further character to the structurally arranged sentences. The words were arranged with intent, but they do not come off as art, at least to me. The only obvious improvement here is that the price of this volume is 'only' 32SGD as opposed to the 5...
  • Lydia
    *Sigh* Unoriginal and very cliche. The only poem I liked in this collection was " your past lingered/ like a rope around your neck/ and so I kicked over the chair/ beneath your feet" because it was the only one that wasn't an overdone platitude about a) loving yourself b) loving someone else or c) trying to get over a breakup. Luckily it was a fast read. I would recommend this to people who just broke up with someone and need lots of reassurance....
  • JAsmine
    A brilliant piece of poetry.This book speaks about feminism, self-love and boy-girl relationship. They are all really short and straight to the point , which I loved . It definitely give a tumblr-feel and not a standard-like poetry but I do not mind at all. I am overwhelmed with feels throughout the book. I'M FILLED WITH POSITIVE VIBES THROUGH THIS BOOKOverall: 4.25 stars
  • Lindsey
    So repetitive, so patronizing, so shallow in its attempts to be #deep, do not understand the hype. Hitting the enter key a million times does not a poem make. The few poems that I actually enjoyed seemed like they were accidentally interesting and not any reflection of the poet's talent. Skip these, I definitely will not be reading any more of them.
  • Rayene ZiaÐi
    This was a tremendous disappointment.it felt like a sting of badly woven clichés and you could just taste the author's desperation and eagerness to be relatable. “you kill your future by mourning the past” It was anything but unique, the majority of poems felt like fillers to get to a certain word count.
  • Hizatul Akmah
    loving the wrong person is self-harmTHIS IS ABUNDANCE OF PERFECTION!!! i'm not kidding i had to fight back tears while reading most of the poems omg and now i need the physical copy!!!
  • Agnieszka
    in between the droning poems of past loves, there was something beautiful in the encouragement and enforcement, that woman are human beings that deserve more than society so far gives.
  • K. Rose
    There were quite a few things about this book I liked: the title, its cover, how smooth and compact the book was as it easily fit in my purse. Its innards, however, were not as lovable. Whiskey Words & A Shovel II is sprinkled with a few poignant poems that stick out sharply, because the remainder all blend together into one big word cloud. Over and over the poet uses the same tired metaphors - winter, the ocean, alcohol, lying in bed/sheets - to...
  • farida
    Guarantees.being a good man or womandoesn't guarantee you true loveloving someonedoesn't make them the one Whiskey Words and a Shovel II. This book talked about heartbreak and rejection and love in all its ugly forms. I couldn't find myself relating to this book very often, and I found that the content was very repetitive. All in all, I enjoyed reading it. I had some favorites, so if you're planning to read it, make sure you check out Most Nights...
  • Iz
    1.5i am seriously underwhelmed rn lmaoSome poems irked me, and some came off preachy imo. Others were good, but that didn't stick either. My eyes just glazed over a few of them and I didn't care. Over all, just forgettable.