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Bending The Universe

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  354 ratings  ·  62 reviews
The International Bestselling poetry book Bending The Universe is a collection of 100 original poems written by Alaskan artist Justin Wetch in five sections-- Society, Love, Life, Personal, and Nature. They encompass all aspects of life from a carefully considered, if pessimistic, perspective. Featuring incredible illustrations by Malachi Paulsen.
Kindle Edition, 189 pages
Published January 26th 2017 by Justin Wetch
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Dianna ♡ the belle and the book ♡
2.5/5 stars
"We post our best selves on social media
But want to be loved for who we are
We delete our worst moments
But want the future to read our memoirs"

Bending the Universe is a collection of poetry divided into five sections: Society, Love, Life, Personal, and Nature.

Reading this book feels like someone ranting to you about everything they did not like in the world and he won't stop because he likes hearing himself talk. Really. The poems here are supposedly brutally honest and be
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, netgalley
4.5 poetic stars.
Review to come.

Thanks for Netgalley and respective publisher for sending me this copy.

Wonderful poetry wrinkled into Extravagant poetic phrase with deeper perception.
Such poetry can melt any rock, Glittering of spectacular simple words knitted very expertly with visionary aspects.

"Ancestors fought for freedom,
but these kids ain't free,
Decades of debt for a
piece of paper that says degree."

"Oh, but that's the way it goes
Growing up means growing old
We change seasons change
Kayla Torres
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow wow wow!!!!

What a fabulous book! All that Justin wrote was just amazing imagery and connections to today's society.
Please if you have the time, sit down and read this for yourself. This is a book that really makes you think. ✨
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Actually I was aspecting more from this poetry collection, but I still liked some parts of it.
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This author of this book came across as such a self righteous little prick, so much so, that his tone and attitude towards certain subjects ruined most of his own work, which is a shame because this could have been really something.

The poetry style is pretty basic, here and there are some little changes in style, but it was overall pretty kindergarten like. I do love his poems about his country, those are the harsh and bitter truth that a lot of people refuse to either see or just don't notice.

Hafsa | حفصہ
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-e-books, poésie
Disclaimer: Received a free digital copy of the book through Netgalley.

2.5 stars

This collection is divided in five sections: "Society", "Love", "Life", "Personal" and "Nature". Initially, I thought that this collection had a pretty average start with poems which could be understood by anyone, however, as it progressed the sections got weaker. Society in general was average yet strongest amongst the five portions of the book for me. Although, some of the pieces in "Society" were my favourites
Jan 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ebooks, poetry
'Netgalley ARC provided by The Publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review'

I was trying to get more poetry into this reading year. I was quite eager to do it and the good people at NetGalley were kind enough to help me along. But, in all honesty, this was a mistake.

I feel like this book is basically shouting in my face what I am supposed to believe in. Which is weird considering I agree with a lot of points made in here. It felt like a dry rant, a self-righteous, egocentric millennial pre
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received this as an ARC on NetGalley.

The author clearly put time and effort into these pieces. They are unique pieces that feel personal and relevant to the author's life. There were a few pieces that I really enjoyed (specifically "Forever" and parts of "Lithium") that I would like to share with others; they hit me personally. I appreciated these aspects of this collection.

However, a large and overwhelming majority of the pieces in this collection had very pessimistic themes which I didn't re
Janette Mcmahon
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit I am usually not a poetry person, but this collection spoke to me. The truth behind his words and the thoughts that he shared seemed like he was speaking straight to me. The poetry was.combined with beautiful drawings that enhanced each collection. Highly recommend.
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I genuinely liked this! I don't often read poetry but these poems centered around realistic, common and current scenarios was a good enough reason for me to keep reading them. The collection is divided into five sections, five essential topics that basically sums up everyone--society, love, life, personal and nature. The first section opened with a bang and I couldn't help but smile at how relatable some stanzas were; the commonly seen and felt instances were well-constructed in a manner that di ...more
Addy Gonzalez
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bending the Universe is a collection of poetry by Justin A. Wetch that touches five different topics such as Society, Love, Life, Personal, and Nature. Each poem in each section touches various topics within that specific theme. The poems are relatively straightforward with a hint of floral elements (if that makes sense).
A few of the poems can rhyme but it's not used throughout the entire collection (which can throw someone off). Besides being straightforward, the poems are also very thought pr
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I picked this poetry collection up on a whim at the bookstore the other day. I don't read a ton of poetry normally, but I go through times where I get on a poetry kick every once and awhile. This is a hard collection to review. There were some poems I absolutely loved, like want to share them with all of my friends love, and then there were others that read shallow that I didn't really care for. The collection runs the spectrum of current events and life topics, and is a very accessible poetry c ...more
Caitlin Michelle
I liked this collection of poems, it was pretty good. The first two sections "society" and "love" stood out to me more than the final 3. I enjoyed "life" and "personal", but didn't get much from the "nature" section. The illustrations separating each section were awesome! ...more
Cass 💋
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i didn't enjoy the last section nearly as much as the first 4 but i'm still giving it 5 stars because this book is absolutely amazing ...more
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received an eARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review originally published on my blog, Turning Pages.

I’ve been very into poetry right now, and with the interesting description and stunning cover, I was drew to this one. However, while the collection seemed to start strong, I found the collection difficult to finish reading.

First of all, I did quite enjoy that the poems aren’t the typical short jarring stanzas we so often see in contemporary free form poetry.
Mallory Pierce
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Bending the universe is a poetry collection divided into five sections untitled society, love, life, personal and nature.

In society, Justin Wetch is basically pointing out the problems we are facing nowadays in our society such as racism, inequality, how women are portrayed in conventional media but also on social media. He also dives into politics which I normally don’t really like to read about, but I guess the format did help me appreciated. My favorite one was definitely “Welcome to America
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another poetry book now crossed off of my list. Bending the Universe is a poetry book with 5 sections in the book and 100 poems in total. The sections include Society, Love, Life, Personal and Nature. In each section there was at least to poems that I thought were interesting or had the possibility to be my new favorite. I plan on re-reading this book again sometime, and I’ll probably end up annotating certain poems to get a clearer understanding of the poem. Overall I thought that this book was ...more
Ana and The Books
Jun 01, 2018 rated it liked it
It is a hard thing to judge someone’s raw emotions, but i have to say that there were some extremely powerful poems and some that I though could have ended sooner
lexi ✨
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
there were definitely some really good poems in here, especially in the beginning where a lot of the poetry related to ongoing issues in the present
Joseph Spuckler
Oct 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Bending the Universe by Justin Anthony Wetch is the commercial reprinting of his first collection of poetry. Wetch is an artist, poet, photographer, musician, pretentious egomaniac, and messy-haired fool from Palmer, Alaska.

This collection covers several themes and the themes are laid out in a way that benefits the book overall. The first section, "Society," is very hard hitting. The faults and failures of modern America are described in detail. The pace is fast and jumps from point to point. On
Malack Alharaizeh
They always say to never judge a book by its cover.

Bending The Universe drew me in immediately. The cover is beautiful, and seeing the different sections of poems-society, love, life, personal, nature-got me excited to start it. I even read a couple of poems on tumblr, so when I sw it was the same poet I was even more excited to read it. I think it was because I had such high expectations for it that it disappointed me so much.

It was a strong start: Diversity, The Fire's Still Burning, and Wel
I like poetry, a dinosaur, I know, but there it is. And so when I sit down with a book of poetry, I look forward to the images and phrases that are about to be presented to me. I know that you're not meant to like every poem, or even necessarily enjoy them. But they should speak to you, touch you.

Bending the Universe is more like having someone rant at you, about everything, in your face, and you can't get them to stop, because they like to hear themselves talk/rant. AUGHHH!!! Who needs that? Mo
annika burman
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best poetry books I’ve ever read, but that’s not saying much. I was looking for contemporary poetry that doesn’t feel like it’s just a collection of quotes off Pinterest. I wanted something more than that. In the end, I flipped through this book in the store, and loved most of the poems I read. After one of them made me tear up, I knew I had to read it. Unfortunately, when I was reading about 150 poems in a row, they lost their charm. I got used to the formatting, and many
The Book Witch
Sighs.... Where do I begin.

The best way I can describe these poems is a baby boomer complaining about millennials and their technology. It holds a pessimistic tone throughout the book. It seems like the author seems to think of himself quite highly and honestly better than others for not being the same. With that type of tone in the poems it took away from the enjoyment of them.

I also found the structure to be immature. Some poems would have been so much better if he just changed the words or di
Andge (Down the Rabbit Hole)
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4.5 stars

I've never been much of a poetry kinda gal but this book - this author, really - just totally gets me. His heart and the way he sees the world is very similar to how I am. It makes all his poems resonate so much more strongly with me. I am so very glad I picked up this book. Every section has something, although reading the heartbreak in his Love section and his general thoughts in his Personal section were by far my favourites.

Overall, I don't think you have to be a poet
Nathaniel Darkish
Whenever a collection of poetry hits on such a variety of topics and themes-- in this case, sociopolitical poetry, love, nature, and self-- it can be hard to pin down feelings for the collection as a whole. I'm giving this 3 stars because some of the poetry was very good, some of the poetry was so-so but had some great lines that really stuck out, and some really failed to catch my interest at all. I'm not really into nature poetry-- it feels very samey to me-- so I didn't really care for any of ...more
Jun 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's worth mentioning that there are two main branches of poetry published in this day and age: "literary" poetry that comes largely from authors with MFAs, and pop poetry, which is more straightforward and generally written by people outside the literary establishment.

This book belongs to the latter group, and while I can admit that I'm biased in favor of literary poetry, the pseudo-progressive attitudes of the author detract from what already reads as cliche-riddled and uninspired language. Ma
Rebecca V.
This collection was...ok. I like the concept of it being broken into five themes and I personally feel the sections on love and nature are the poet's strongest. However, the poems themselves are kind of unoriginal. Basic, repetitive rhyme schemes and the message of each poem is very much in your face. I found the poems on society especially cringey due to their lack of nuance or subtlety. Every now and then a unique image would stand out ("A butterfly flapped its wings and Rome fell") but there ...more
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
At a first glance, I really liked this book. I thought the free verse poems were brilliant, and the author had good things to say. However, the more I went through it, the more I realized just how pretentious this author is. He clearly thinks that his opinion is superior to everyone else's, and those who don't listen to him are just wrong. He's remarkably cynical, and it shows in nearly every single poem.

Another thing that I really didn't like was his rhyming. The rhythm in his rhyming poems was
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