The Only Worlds We Know

The Only Worlds We Know

The Only Worlds We Know is a nuanced and tactile look at both sobriety, and what comes after. Patient meditations on loss and the land where the people we love live and are also buried....

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Title:The Only Worlds We Know
Author:Michael Lee
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The Only Worlds We Know Reviews

  • Richard

    A writer of poems just wants their voice to be heard.

    Michael Lee is a talented writer and performer of his words; a poet who can express himself and engage an audience.

    Button Poetry have championed a number of poets and The Only Words We Know is a collection of Lee’s poems brought together in one publication for the first time.

    He is a clever writer whose emotional expression is in your face; an octave above angry more akin to rage. Yet it doesn’t spill out in an incomprehensible tirade of violen

    A writer of poems just wants their voice to be heard.

    Michael Lee is a talented writer and performer of his words; a poet who can express himself and engage an audience.

    Button Poetry have championed a number of poets and The Only Words We Know is a collection of Lee’s poems brought together in one publication for the first time.

    He is a clever writer whose emotional expression is in your face; an octave above angry more akin to rage. Yet it doesn’t spill out in an incomprehensible tirade of violent rhetoric but in a controlled outburst of conviction and spirit.

    Michael Lee is also a clever wordsmith as well as a weaver of emotional nuance as seen in some of his work here. To this end I commend ‘The Law of Halves as Applied to the Blade’ and ‘The Study of Words and Heaven’ (elsewhere titled “remember”).

    I also enjoyed the disappearing poem. Firstly, it was ‘Self-Erasure’ “ ......a block of salt worn by rain, drop by drop.” Then it became ‘ Erasure ‘ with missing words and just “worn by rain.” And finally ‘Eras e’ far fewer words still, but a viable poem nonetheless.

    I liked ‘Tapestry in Five Parts’ “a rusted plow the color of embers and clay.”

    Other instantly gripping poems would include ‘Out There’ ‘Row’ ‘The Pill’ and ‘Leaving’.

    The poet’s voice is not just contained in this book-as he can be seen in videos reading his poems across the Internet.

    Poetry isn’t initially for everyone but the more you read or listen to, the wider your appreciation.

    Into the mix I would want to throw Michael Lee’s work.

    With his words he has something to say.

  • CloudOfThoughts_Books Keirstin

    The Only Worlds We Know by author Michael Lee is outstanding poetry done in a lovely manner! I definitely recommend this one!

    Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Dustin Tabarejo

    Such a beautiful collection of poems. The very first poem had me hooked and I just kept reading. Poems of love and death and addiction. They all made me feel so many different things. Incredible!

  • Dora Okeyo

    I keep saying that Button poetry ought to give me some of the juice they're sipping because very collection I read from them moves me, and this one, this one stopped me right in my tracks.

    Ever asked yourself 'how do I talk about this topic without offending someone?' Read this.

    Ever asked yourself, 'what's it like standing still in darkness?' Read this.

    Ever asked yourself, 'what does it feel like to be uncertain, afraid, hopeful, weary, loved, in-love, just living?' Read this.

    If you've never aske

    I keep saying that Button poetry ought to give me some of the juice they're sipping because very collection I read from them moves me, and this one, this one stopped me right in my tracks.

    Ever asked yourself 'how do I talk about this topic without offending someone?' Read this.

    Ever asked yourself, 'what's it like standing still in darkness?' Read this.

    Ever asked yourself, 'what does it feel like to be uncertain, afraid, hopeful, weary, loved, in-love, just living?' Read this.

    If you've never asked yourself those three questions, I've got one for you: Are you human or a robot?

    Thanks Netgalley for the eARC.

  • Lauren Anna

    This, like everything that has been written about death, is also about being alive. Michael Lee is one of the first poets that made me love poetry, that made me love language like this. A beautiful collection.

  • Janine

    I received an ARC through #netgalley.

    An excellently written and crafted collection of poetry. I enjoyed it immensely. Button poetry's publications rarely disappoint!

  • Alex Aguilar

    i don't read a whole lot of poetry in general, and even less new poetry, so it was mostly by chance that i picked this one up. a good friend of mine jokes that when he doesn't know anything about a book he specifically judges it by its cover, and that's basically how i picked this one. the title caught my eye and i thought the minimalist design was pretty. luckily the entire thing turned out to be just as good.

    there were a few poems that, although they didn't really do anything for me, were stil

    i don't read a whole lot of poetry in general, and even less new poetry, so it was mostly by chance that i picked this one up. a good friend of mine jokes that when he doesn't know anything about a book he specifically judges it by its cover, and that's basically how i picked this one. the title caught my eye and i thought the minimalist design was pretty. luckily the entire thing turned out to be just as good.

    there were a few poems that, although they didn't really do anything for me, were still well put together, i thought. other than those though, the whole collection was consistently beautiful and heartbreaking. i really enjoyed that these poems thematically complemented each other, that they actually felt like they belonged together. also i was surprised and excited to see someone use typographical experiments (more like games, really) and for it to not come across as cheap or gimmicky. but most impressive of all was mr. lee's beautiful turns of phrase, i mean wow. i'm definitely looking forward picking up copies of everything else he puts out. i'll end this with a couple of my favorite lines.

    "Give it six months. If you don't like it,

    you can have all your pain

    and misery back."

    "Each moment

    of winter is so faint and silent it is a memory

    even as you live it."

    "Just yesterday.

    I found new ways to say

    I miss you, my god

    how I miss you all."

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