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Love Her Wild | Atticus | Review


There is nothing
prettier in the
whole wide world
than a girl
in love
with every breath she takes.”
Canadian Instagram sensation, Atticus, has been making people swoon over his words for years now, and lucky for us, it doesn't look like he'll be stopping any time soon. If you're unfamiliar with Atticus, he is an anonymous short-form poet, who shares his stunning words on Instagram (and now also Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest). Check out this interview with him on The Globe and Mail to read more about why he keeps his identity a secret, and why he writes what he does.

"...in Love Her Wild, Atticus captures what is both raw and relatable about the smallest and the grandest moments in life: the first glimpse of a new love in Paris; skinny dipping on a summer’s night; the irrepressible exuberance of the female spirit; or drinking whiskey in the desert watching the rising sun. With honesty, poignancy, and romantic flair, Atticus distils the most exhilarating highs and the heartbreaking lows of life and love into a few perfectly evocative lines, ensuring that his words will become etched in your mind—and will awaken your sense of adventure." - Goodreads

Love Her Wild is his first book, which is a compilation of some of his best words, interspersed with his signature black and white, whimsical photos. The book is cut up into three sections: Love, Her and Wild. Love focuses on first loves, lost loves, heartbreaks and butterflies; Her is about a girl, her soul, her personality, her being; and Wild is more about nature, being in it, seeing it, experiencing it via someone else.

What good are wings without the courage to fly?” 

I've never been a big poetry fan. I enjoy it, but most of the time it's too long and I struggle if there's no Dr. Seuss like rhythm (thanks, parents). What I love most about Atticus' poetry is how in just a few words he captures your attention, makes you think, encourages, and gives hope, and, of course, those warm fuzzies. It's short, it's bittersweet, it's to the point, it's wonderful.

The hardest
step
we all
must take
is to blindly
trust in
who we are."

If you've discovered Atticus on Instagram, then do pick up a copy of his book. While the internet is great for sharing these poems, there's something about holding a collection like this in your hands, and having the chance to go back to the words time and time again.

His second compilation, The Dark Between Stars, comes out in September, and I've pre-ordered a copy. I think I could get into poetry after this, and I'll gladly take suggestions.

Check out Ria's poetry post: Falling Back In Love With Poetry.
Also read Blogger's Bookshelf very own poetry using book spines in this fun collaborative post here.

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