Before coming across Love Her Wild: Poems, I had never even heard of an Instagram poet, never mind reviewed a book by one. I have to admit that despite my initial reservations, the Canadian-born Australian poet Atticus is legit, or at least this collection of his poems appears to be.
I am a little bit skeptical about an author that refuses to be revealed and of a work that can be consumed so quickly, but this is a neat and cute little book. The illustrations are worthwhile, the design is shaped correctly, and most importantly, the poem (it’s listed as poems but seem to fit as a narrative into one long work), is meaningful. Sure, it borders on refrigerator magnet and Christian greeting card calibre with its religious content, but Atticus captures the feeling of being in love quite well.
In three sections, appropriately titled “Love, “Her” and “Wild”, Atticus has a few sections worthy of underlining and possibly even tattooing (which apparently a lot of people do!) and the first section around about page 10 and the last section in and around page 191 are the best examples of when I put my skepticism aside and said, “okay, this guy knows what’s up”. It’s the perfect book for a summer day, and if Karlie Kloss, Shay Mitchell and Alicia Keys approve, who am I to say otherwise?
Love Her Wild: Poems was provided by Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review. It may be purchased from your friendly independent bookseller or other fine bookstores.