I am not an avid reader of poetry. Not that I dislike the genre, but because I don’t know where to start with poetry. Among numerous lyrical lines, languages, and backgrounds, where would you begin? The answer is that we should begin somewhere, but it still takes some amount of determination to jump into it. So my experience with poetry is limited to the likes of secondary school poetry, Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained, and poetry pins on Pinterest.
Please Pick Me is a book by Reina Regina filled with free verse poetry and a collection of words, with elegant illustrations serving as dividers between different sections. I think this was the first ever actual book of poetry that I’ve read, and it didn’t disappoint. As the introduction tells us, the title “Please Pick Me” is about having the strength within ourselves but not being given the chance to demonstrate this strength. This is a view that I haven’t seen much in poetry before, especially since there is a lot of poetry out there focusing on finding the strength within ourselves. Given my experience with poetry, I could be wrong, and there could be a lot of this type of poetry out there, so forgive me if I made a mistake, my friends.
Normally, I find free verse poetry difficult to get into. There isn’t a certain rhythm or any proper rules when it comes to free verse, and while that gives ample freedom for poets, it just seems easy to get disconnected and put off by. However, the poetry in Please Pick Me were easy to read because they were not formatted in the manner of one spamming line breaks. For example (the examples I provided were ones I came up right on the spot, not actual poems from the book), they were like:
I went for a walk
and saw a cat dancing
with a rat.
Rather than the line break spam:
I went for a
Some of the free verse I’ve read here and there have been in the line break spam format, which naturally detracted my attention from the overall poem. Well, you won’t find that problem in this book. The poems had their own rhythm in a way, and it was a steady, comforting rhythm that didn’t aim to throw you off reading the entire book.
Please Pick Me is divided into four sections: flowers, thorns, seeds, and roses. Each section explores different themes, including family and love. It maintains the general style a lot of poetry has to relate to its readers while also being oddly specific in some ways. This was particularly evident to me in the family section. I find that section a powerful reminder that relationships among family members are equally important as romance and friendships, which is something that can be easily forgotten in recent media that is over-saturated with romantic sexual relationships.
A few of my favourites from the book include real or not real, benediction, malediction, and most of all, love letters from the Major Arcana, which is exactly what it sounds like (its a glorious poem which features short poems that revolve around each of the Major Arcana). What makes it more exciting is that poet Reina Regina is also a professional tarot reader, according to the small section introducing her at the end of the book.
To sum it up, I would say I enjoyed this little volume of poetry, and it does have a knack of prompting the reader to reflect on their own lives. It quietly prompts you to look into yourself. What is stopping you, what strengths do you have, how you have been hurt, and how you can heal. I can say for sure that in recent times when everything is a mess and is unsure, it is nice to be able to take control of our own minds and wrangling them into some sense of wonderful, kind sanity.
Many thanks to Reina Regina from whom I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review!
If you are interested in Please Pick Me, here’s where you can pre-order it online!
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2 thoughts on “Please Pick Me: The Experience of Being A Slim Chance Among Millions”
Completely agree with the annoying line breaking. They are basically breaking sentences into parts and calling it poetry.
What an interesting review!
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Haha yeah, I’m glad you agree! Any rhythm that could have existed died at the hands of those line breaks. Thank you!
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