Songs With Our Eyes Closed by Tyler Kent White

Songs With Our Eyes Closed

A collection of Tyler Kent White's powerful poems about love, loss, depression, and resilience. “Never apologize for burning too brightly, or for collapsing into yourself every night. That is how galaxies are made.” – Tyler Kent WhiteMany of the poems included here are short and uplifting, with messages such as “be yourself,” “you are beautiful,” and “this too shall pass.” They combine the appeal of short, shareable poems with...

Details Songs With Our Eyes Closed

TitleSongs With Our Eyes Closed
Release DateJan 30th, 2018
PublisherAndrews McMeel Publishing

Reviews Songs With Our Eyes Closed

  • [Shai] The Bibliophage
    What I love in this anthology of Tyler Kent White are the motivational poems that uplift one's self. There are poems also about love and loss, but those inspirational poems are, I consider, quite remarkable. I can give this as a present to friends because I know that they will appreciate these poems. This collection is written in a plain and comprehensive form that makes it a good recommendation for light reading.
  • Kristy K
    4.5 StarsThere were a few of those instagram one sentence breakdowns that I’m not a fan of, but on a whole, this collection is heartfelt, emotional, and strong. (And honestly the one liners didn’t bother me here as there were only a few and nicely dispersed.)At times, he reminds me of a more romantic, younger Billy Collins (as a huge fan of Collins, this is definitely a compliment). Where Collins takes a place or object and creates an introsp...
  • Chanel
    I received this as an ARC on NetGalley. I think this might be the first poetry compilation I received from there that I rated more than 1 or 2 stars!I like that the author plays with style, form, and diction. There were some good literary devices sprinkled throughout (imagery, figuartive language, etc.) Sometimes the more distinct language felt repetitive, though (like vetiver and petrichor). I was disappointed to see that a few of the pieces fel...
  • Molly
    This is a pretty good first effort. The poems deal in too much abstraction for my taste, without enough concrete imagery to really grab onto -- and perhaps I'm put off by having advice dispensed to me by a speaker who is 26 years old? I'm trying to figure that one out. There are a few instances where White really latches on to a particular word ("petrichor" is one I could do without seeing again) and I find myself longing for variation. Some of t...
  • Kelli Santistevan
    I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed this poetry collection.
  • Caitlin
    I received an eARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Review originally published on my blog, Turning Pages.I’m a fan of poetry, so I decided to make it my goal to read more this year. That means delving into the plethora of contemporary poetry collections often written in the same style as Rupi Kaur. While I’m not always a fan of this style, I decided to give Songs With Our Eyes Closed a chance.What struck me i...
  • KayCee K
    Tyler Kent White is now a new favorite poet because of Songs with Our Eyes Closed. There's so, so many lines I bookmarked in this book, that I just need to have. The way he's written some of these poems were just beautiful. Two of my favorite lines from this ARC was "you are a symphony of stardust and you were born to shine" and "the stars folded into the moon". This book is filled with so many, many amazing lines just like these. Songs with Our ...
  • Jenb16
    So beautiful. Words that pierce the soul; both with their sheer flowery beauty and their emotional depth and rawness. 👌🏻
  • Shirley Cuypers
    Original review This book was provided by the Publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing!Songs with Our Eyes Closed is a poetry and prose collection about love, loss, depression and resilience. These poems and prose were inspired by his own childhood, his relationship with his dad and his past relationships. no amount of darknesscan drown out our lightif our lighthas been lit wi...
  • Ariana
    Originally posted on: The Quirky Book Nerd*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*I found this poetry collection to be beautiful and extremely well written. Songs With Our Eyes Closed is another example of a recently very popular style of writing—short but impactful poetry and prose. This is a format where a positive outcome is hard to accomplish, and it is definitely not a format that suites the tast...
  • J Aislynn d'Merricksson
    In Songs with Our Eyes Closed Tyler Kent White has woven a powerful compilation of poetry and short prose to inspire and uplift the spirit. To me, these poems especially spoke of being oneself, not being afraid of your full potential, and knowing your true worth. These were lessons I needed at the moment. Lessons I always need.Poem after poem reminds that you are the stuff of stars, sharing atoms with everything that is. They are a call to mindfu...
  • ダンカン
    A Poet's Journey of Love, Loss and Other Experiences... I picked up Songs With Our Eyes Closed on a good feeling and it was a wise choice I have read this well-written collection of poems from Tyler Kent White. As his debut, all of his poems are common themes many modern poets faced today - depression, life, loss, love and resilience. There are some poems I felt connected that I became emotional towards it, and while others I felt are good but...
  • Nathaniel Darkish
    This was a very mixed bag for me. The poetry ranged from the kind of fluffy poetry that somebody pastes below an instagram photo of hands being held, or a sunset, or the like, to some powerful, personal poetry about the poet's relationship (or lack thereof) with his father. So about a quarter of the poems I rolled my eyes at, a quarter really had me engaged as a reader, and the rest were just so-so, not really capturing my interest but featuring ...
  • shelby
    *I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.* “Never apologize for burning too brightly or for collapsing into yourself every night. That is how galaxies are made.”This was an absolute lovely collection of poetry. I am so happy with it!
  • Jeimy
    Tyler Kent White should seek employment at Hallmark.
  • Dora Okeyo
    There is a certain ability, you could call it, magic or art or sometimes a feeling, something that moves or sways you deep inside. Listen, I am simply saying that I could relate to these poems. I'll leave the magic to Mr. White and his words, but if you love poetry and you also seek to get lost in prose then this is the book for you. I loved how the publishers aligned the poems, it felt like you started from the top, went to the middle and then t...
  • Kate ♡
    Loved this!
  • Hannah Harvey
    This is a deeply moving, emotional and heartfelt collection of poems. I enjoyed reading through all of them and being drawn in by the powerful way the author wrote each line.Truly a wonderful collection.
  • N.Naomi
    It is just as colorful on the outside as the words are on the inside. I love the expanded vocabulary, which at times, had me reaching for my dictionary. But, I enjoyed the challenge. There were a few times that I was brought to tears. And many times, where I related so deeply, it hurt. This is a memorable collection that I will keep close. I can’t wait to see what Tyler does in the future.“you are the fever that never brokethe name stuckin my...
  • Michelle
    I found a few of these poems very beautiful. It did take me a little while to get used to the format, I couldn’t tell sometimes when one poem was ending and another starting. That being said, I read this as an early e book edition from NetGalley,I think it might be an early formatting issue. The poems have numbers rather than names, I think the page breaks might be in the wrong place. Or maybe it’s just me, this is definitely modern poetry an...
  • Monse's Manifesto
    *2.5 I can imagine Tyler Kent White whispering the entirety of this collection to me. Even though I found it repetitive I rather enjoyed it. It was words you wanted someone special to say to you, an intimate conversation between friends which is why I would have wanted more from a writer. White is observant and sensitive to the world around him, his words just fall short at times.
  • Aude Odeh
    So, if you follow me on snap, you know I have poetry nights where I post snaps of some of my favorite poems from the collection I'm currently reading. Some books I have issues finding poems to snap, whether they are not good or just not very snappable (multiple pages or weird formatting etc).This book had the best issue. I had too many poems I loved and I had to limit myself so I didn't post the whole book. That should tell you enough about this ...
  • PameKi
    I did enjoy some poems but I could get to it with my heart. It was OK for me, but it could be really good for someone else. "Such is the fault of manthat we can speakand ask others to listenbut we can not listen and ask others to speak"
  • Ignacia
    Leer Songs with our eyes closed es recordar y revivir todos los desamores y los desengaños amorosos, el sufrimiento de perder a un amigo o a alguien con quien planeabas un futuro.Aprecié mucho las analogías y metáforas para describir sentimientos que de otro modo son muy difícil describir.
  • Jennifer Muller
    I recieved a free digital copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review.This poetry book is full of heart and emotion. My words couldn't possibly do the author justice. I definitely know a few people this would make a great gift for. My favorite two parts:You are a symphony of stardust and you were born to shine.:::::::::::::::::::::::When you doubtThe brilliance of your shineI will take youThrough my darknessI will show you whereYou shin...
  • Julieth
    I received this book for an honest review. I really enjoyed reading the poems in this book.. I feel like the author went into very good detail to describe the different emotions. Some of these verses were so tru to how I have felt sometimes. I enjoyed reading this book and I recommend it for those readers that enjoy poetry.
  • Fanna
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  • Heidi Svendsen
    A lovely collection of poetry. The feelings of love and lose was beautifully portrayed.*Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*