Review: Planting Gardens in Graves II by r.h. Sin


Synopsis:  r.h. Sin continues his bestselling series with Planting Gardens in Graves II, another powerful collection of poetry that hones in on the themes dearest to his readers. This series celebrates connection, mourns heartbreak, and above all, empowers its readers to seek the love they deserve.

Date Finished: 7/8/2018

Rating: 5/5

My Thoughts: Let me start out by saying that I’m almost always the first person to say “I don’t like poetry.” I’m an English major in college, but most of the poetry I’ve had to read just doesn’t connect with me. Nothing against the classic, great poets, but I just haven’t felt anything groundbreaking from reading poetry.
Well, r.h. Sin (and a few other poets) are changing that for me.
I’ve seen r.h. Sin’s work at Target, and I’ve always been intrigued by the short, brief poetry that looks like something I’d see posted on Tumblr or Instagram. I’ve never read any of his poetry books before, but when I got the chance to read and review Planting Gardens In Graces II, I jumped on the chance. I’m not sure what poetry was in the book before this one, but I can genuinely say that for a newcomer to r.h. Sin’s work and to poetry in general, this book definitely provided for me.
Let’s talk about the poems themselves. Very few poems are longer than a single page, which allows you to just read a single poem at a time, or to binge a few and then reflect. Unlike the poetry that I had to read in school, these poems are of relatable, modern subjects, such as love, heartbreak, and anxiety. There’s a palpable sadness running through the entire thing, which I think separates it from some of the more uplifting poetry in this style that you can find on social media sites. Sometimes a sad poem is all you need.
There’s no complex rhyme to pick apart, just a nice rhythm dictated by the line breaks. I appreciated the varying poem lengths. While many of them are short, consisting of just a few lines, others are longer and definitely feel deeper. Still, I found myself enjoying all of the poems, and reading them slowly, as one would sip a hot, flavorful tea. You don’t have to read them in order. I did, to see how r.h. Sin wanted to present these poems, but opening up to a random poem and just seeing what it was to offer works just as well. My only complaint is that this book wasn’t divided into themed sections, but then again, maybe this poetry book works better in the way it’s currently organized.
This book earns 5/5 stars from me. Partially because it’s bringing me out of my “I hate poetry  phase,” and partially because it’s the type of book that I just know I want to keep on my bookshelf for a long time. I currently don’t have a section for poetry, so I guess that r.h. Sin will get the first spot.
Here are some of my favorite lines.
– “Chase success/not him/choose yourself/not him”

-“I began making a list/of all the benefits/of loving you/and the page remained blank”

-“The world is cold/burn bridges to keep warm”

I recieved this ebook via Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for a review. Thanks! I really enjoyed this!

Like what you see? Pick up your own copy on 7/10/18!


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