• Amy Littleford

Book Review: Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav

Rating: 2/5 stars 🌟

"You were you,

and I was I;

we were two

before our time.

I was yours

before I knew,

and you have always

been mine too." - Lang Leav

Lang Leav is a poet and internationally exhibiting artist. Awarded a coveted Churchill Fellowship, her work expresses the intricacies of love and loss. I came across Lang Leav through Instagram and really enjoyed the content on her page. Therefore I went and bought this series. I started with Love & Misadventure.

Sadly I can only give this anthology two stars because I personally couldn't relate to many of the poems. I think that to be able to rhyme you have to do it well. For me, Lang Leav does not rhyme well. It seemed like she grabbed any word she could find so that it would rhyme. At one point she uses 'worser' to rhyme with 'versa' which really made me cringe.

There was probably one piece I could relate to and that was called Angels (page 145) which was prose. I have lost family and friends and I'm sure a lot of her readers have. So for me, this piece really spoke to me. I also thought that the art inside the book was beautiful and I love the cover with its vibrant colours. Her poetry is very short and I disliked how she only wrote on one side of each page being the environmentally friendly person I am.

I look forward to reading the rest of the series and hopefully they will be more to my taste.