Poetry Review – Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav

Posted January 19, 2014 by Bonnie in Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2013 / 7 Comments

Poetry Review – Love & Misadventure by Lang LeavLove & Misadventure on August 20th 2013
Pages: 178
Format: eBook


Lang Leav is a poet and internationally exhibiting artist. Awarded a coveted Churchill Fellowship, her work expresses the intricacies of love and loss. Beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully conceived, Love and Misadventure will take you on a rollercoaster ride through an ill-fated love affair- from the initial butterflies to the soaring heights- through to the devastating plunge. Lang Leav has an unnerving ability to see inside the hearts and minds of her readers. Her talent for translating complex emotions with astonishing simplicity has won her a cult following of devoted fans from all over the world.

This poetry collection was brought to my attention when it popped up as a Nominee for the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Poetry. I was intrigued. Then it placed 2nd, getting beat out by J.R.R. Tolkien, and I was eager to get this. Thankfully my library had a copy because $9.99 for the kindle version and it’s only 78 pages? No thanks. But I wanted this very much after seeing it beat out Mary Oliver, which means Love & Misadventure HAS to be impressive, right? Except this was like sappy teenage love poems. Emo love poems. If the Lifetime channel started producing poetry collections. Really bad, rejected Hallmark cards. My single favorite of the bunch?

‘Do you know what it is like,
to lie in bed awake;
with thoughts to haunt
you every night,
of all your past mistakes.

Knowing sleep will set it right –
if you were not to wake.’

That is not a bad poem at all.

‘He makes me turn
he makes me toss;
his words mean mine
are at a loss.

He makes me blush!

He makes me want
to brush and floss.’

 And that one is not. Sign of a good love? If he inspires me to keep up on my dental hygiene would not be a personal sign for me.

All of the poems in this collection are simplistic (and excessively rhyme-y) but while only a couple were beautifully written, I found the rest of them to be juvenile, immature and lacking any sort of emotional depth which is exactly what I would expect with a collection of love poetry. I found the author’s personal artwork to be a lovely addition to the overall whimsical feel of the book though.

Love & Misadventure is going to be the perfect collection for those that aren’t typically interested in poetry. Because this isn’t poetry. It’s a collection of childish rhymes. Or maybe childish poetry. Either way, I failed to fully appreciate this because I like my poetry with some depth and complexity that leaves me pondering and this collection was completely lacking in that regards.



7 responses to “Poetry Review – Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav

  1. I love your review! It made me laugh. I thought I was the only one who thought her poems aren’t poetry at all.

    Another poem i found funny after the “loving makes you brush your teeth” poem:

    “A Dangerous Recipe”
    To love him
    is something,
    I hold highly suspicious

    Like having something,
    so very delicious–
    then being told,
    to do the dishes.
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  2. Belle

    Yes. Thank you. I didn’t–and still don’t–get all the hype surrounding this book. Some are simple, and beautifully so as you pointed out, but most were so downright simplistic it seems odd that the book was a HUGE hit. I know it’s marketed to hormonal teens buying the whole lovey-dovey concept of love sold by the media nowadays. But I never thought that many of them would be fooled into buying this cutesy collection of, as you appropriately put it, childish rhymes.

  3. En

    I just did my research on Lang Leav while wondering whether to buy an anthology of hers. And I completely agree with you. From the few poems I read, none struck me as deep or emotionally connecting, just ramblings of a lovesick teen (and I am a teen).
    On the side, I’ld appreciate it if you could check out my pieces and give some feedback 🙂

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