• Sithara Palavar

Book Review: Nocturnal by Wilder

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Nocturnal by Wilder is a beautiful book, in both words and visuals, which explores themes of love, betrayal and the journey to self-love. Additionally, the poems describe nature in the most romantic ways that make you want to sit outside and stare at the trees.

The book is divided into 4 parts:

The book contains 160 poems in total, with a majority of the pages covered in gorgeous illustrations which makes reading the book feel like a whole experience. Although it was one of the shorter parts of the book, the last part, Lucid Dreams, was my favourite. The way in which the poet signifies the struggle between knowing you should let go but still fighting to hold on really resonated with me. Towards the end when the poet writes about learning to accept themself it feels like they're getting their happy ending which leaves the readers on a light note.

From start to finish the book takes you on a journey of letting go of what hurts you to get closer to someone you should love the most - yourself.

Here's a little sneak peek into the wonderful world that Wilder created within this book: