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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  6,734 ratings  ·  747 reviews
The Chaos of Longing is a brutally honest exploration of desire—physical, emotional, and spiritual. This revised and expanded edition contains over 50 pages of all-new material.

Organized in four sections – Inception, Longing, Chaos, and Epiphany – K.Y. Robinson's debut poetry collection explores what it is to want in spite of trauma, shame, injustice, and mental illness. I
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by Andrews McMeel Publishing (first published May 31st 2016)
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Mar 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads, poetry
the galaxy is yours

star your own sky.
drink the shooting stars.
lasso the moon.
take a bite.
feel the juice
of self-love
down your chin
and laugh madly.

you’re still alive.
you’re still alive.
you’re still alive.
Karlita | Tale Out Loud
She felt unappreciated by her parents so she craved love from men. She felt insecure, broken and lost. When she loves a person, she would willingly give it all even if it hurts so much. She needed the affection and affirmation that someone needs her or somehow, she's important.

The foundation of the relationship/s were built in lust instead of love. Desire, longing and hunger were stronger than friendship. Along the way, she felt alone and question if God gave up on her. She had
[Shai] Bibliophage
There are several prose or poems in this book that I can quite relate to. One of them is entitled stigma & shame. The first half of this poem is what I currently feel at the moment and this is an excerpt from the said poem:
i carry all my hurt
like satchels.
i can only unpack
them on pages.

despair climbed
out of my throat
when i wasn't looking
and fell on my lap.

i wanted to jump
from my bones
and disperse
in the wind
like dandelion
seed heads.
to be free
and light as air.

Other poems that I like are poetry, de
Beatrice Masaluñga
I stumbled into this title due to one of the poetry recommendations on YouTube and decided to give it a shot. I like the poems. The eroticism was spot on which makes it sensual. It talks about the effects of longing. When it gets too much, sometimes we get desperate to the point we're indecisive. The theme in this book is complex : there's lust, unrequited love, self-love. I wish th lustful ones were toned down though.

The poem that stood out for me:


when you find
your voice,
keep it.
hold it c
Gretchen Gomez
You can find my full review here with some of my favorite poems

You can’t hear me but I’m screaming because YOU ALL NEED TO PURCHASE THIS COLLECTION OF POEMS!!! So so so good!! So freaking amazing and inspiring and just reading her poetry and knowing what she has been through, the way she writes is fantastic.

K.Y. Robinson has divided her poems into sections titled Inception, Longing, Chaos, and Epiphany. And it’s told almost like a story where she talks about her trauma as a child, how loving an
Oct 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feminist, poetry
I liked this exactly as much as I expected to. Although there were some points where I found this collection somewhat repetitive there were plenty of times were I found it powerful and surprisingly relatable. As with a lot of modern poetry, the strength of these poems was in their simplicity. A few words can pack a big punch.

Not everyone who enjoyed books of poetry like Milk & Honey will enjoy this one as much because it does have a bit more of a sexual theme at times but I actually quite enjoy
Kate (GirlReading)
May 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry-verse
For me, this collection was definitely a case of mostly ‘likes’ with a few loves. There are a number of poems included in this that I will without a doubt be hiding away and keeping close to me but the majority of them I didn’t personally connect with too much. With that being said, that is very much just a personal reaction in terms to my emotional connection with the poems and my own discovery of taste and preference when it comes to poetry (of which I still haven’t totally found my stance yet ...more
Julia Sapphire
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
I didn't really enjoy this collection. There was only a select amount of poems that I did think we're beautiful and well written but not many. This collection deals with sexual assault and rape, but than in a few pages it talks about another guy that she's obsessed with...? at least I hope it was a different guy. She just went from a very serious and important topic to a new relationship, that to me seemed very unhealthy. She calls him "God' is overall obsessive about how bad she needs him. In m ...more
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"elements ii;

there’s a universe
swirling inside you.

you have to learn to be
your own earth,
wind, fire
and water.

you are a natural
not a natural disaster."
Cam (justabookeater)
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A copy was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

I got to read the new and expanded version of this poetry collection so my opinion may be a bit biased. Even though I'm a huge fan of novels and long series, sometimes you just want to dive into your feelings and read something that won't work up your fictional motors. Poetry is cathartic for me and for many others and today felt like a good day to read this.

To start off, I thought this collection was and is
Chesca (thecrownedpages)
An ARC was provided by Andrews McMeel Publishing, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

“i never felt
more alive
and dead
at the same time”

K.Y. Robinson’s The Chaos of Longing is a collection of poems on love, lust, heartache, blindness, brokenness, and healing. It’s a bottomless ocean of life and its lessons, a flower blooming in a field of thorns.

This book is undeniably precious. K.Y. Robinson’s earnest writing peeled back layers I’ve covered myself and exposed wounds
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you so much to Andrew McMeel publishing via netgalley for sending me an ARc copy of the chaos of longing by k.y. Robinson. The chaos of longing Will be released on September 26, 2017

She delt with strong and emotional topics that made me think and reflect on my own life.

I always enjoy certain poems more than others but personally i really enjoyed the majority of the poems.
Her writing style was beautiful and descriptive and i highly recommend this collection.
Apr 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
i don't know why do i do this to myself.
these novelty poetry seems a bit too much to me, it's pathetic fallacy, focusing on one aspect so damn much.
i should fine myself for everytime i read sth that makes me feel like i wasted my life...
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: stand-alone
3’5 maybe? The first part started in a quite brutal way? Definitely didn’t expected that and I had some struggles with it till the half-end of it, but definitely the last part saved it.
chloe ♡
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recently I have been reading a lot of poetry books. Although these books are relatively shorter than fiction books, they usually take a longer time to read. When someone puts their thoughts into a poem, it takes time to decipher the meaning behind.

The Cover
It is very simple, with a few floral outlines and a light pink background. So aesthetic! I fell in love with it immediately.

The Book
This is a beautiful poetry book. The poems in it are mostly about love, and they are full of emotion. My heart
Carol Flores
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Whenever I try to read a poetry book, I’m like I hope I can fall in love with this! and then I don’t. I push myself to finish these books, since they’re usually quite short, but I’m sure I won’t be able to remember anything of it.

It talks about rape, abuse, unhealthy relationships, but also about feminism (or I think the author tried to), and self-love. If I’m honest, I only liked 3 or 4 poems, and the other ones I felt like they were just words out there.

Perhaps this is one of those cases where
lauren ♡
there is a universe
swirling inside you.

you have to learn to be
your own earth,
wind, fire
and water

you are a natural
not a natural disaster

this collection is full of so many beautiful poems. there's so many important themes discussed. i wasn't sure whether to go with 4 or 5 stars, but decided on 5 because of the poem i quoted and because i have a bunch of annotations saved in my kindle.

this collection is free on kindle for the next few days and i HIGHLY encourage you go grab a copy.

Eunice Moral
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
3.5 stars.
Hafsa | حفصہ
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poésie, read-e-books
Disclaimer: Received a free digital copy of the book through Netgalley.

I liked the poems but that was it. I really loved some but overall, I just liked this collection. The eroticism and sensual poems were spot on and didn't make me feel uncomfortable which I wasn't expecting since this was my first time reading poems like those.

The themes were complex and intriguing; mental health, lust, unrequited love, self-love, family issues and loads more. The variety of the poems definitely made me cont
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Chaotic Stars

Big thanks to Andrews McMeel publishing via NetGalley for sending me an ARC copy of The Chaos of Longing by K.Y. Robinson.

Elements ii
there's a universe
swirling inside you.

you have to learn to be
your own earth,
wind, fire,
and water.

you are a natural
phenomenon -
not a natural disaster.

The Chaos of Longing is a beautiful collection of poetry which touches on topics which many women might find themselves relating to. Topics dealing with tough issues such as abuse, insecuriti
Ashley Owens
I received an electronic copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

2.5/5 stars... and I reserve the right to change my rating in the future because I'm still not quite sure where I've landed with this one (this is one of those times I dislike the 5-star rating system).

I had very high expectations for this book, and maybe that is the crux of the problem of why I didn't end up enjoying it very much. I went into this poetry collection having just read 2 of Meggie Royer's boo
Mar 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, 2018-read
Nothing special at all. But there are a few gems in here, which really hit the feels.
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing collection of poetry filled with a plethora of emotion written in an absolutely perfect way... The poems made my heart hurt, made me yearn, made me love and recovered all of the pain that they brought to the surface - they're modelled in such a way that you travel through the pain first, you reflect a little, and then the rest of it you're building yourself back up as you read the rest - it's a beautiful emotional journey that I can't wait to travel through once more! I loved ...more
Sasha Octavia Rose Black ☾ ˚✧⁎
I have to admit when I read the self published edition it was a while ago and I didn't connect with it the way I wanted, this time I connected to this book. I highlighted so many poems in this book. 'epiphany' is still my favorite part. I read this amazing book while watching Rhyon Nicole Brown's 'Pretty Girl', they actually fit very well together in my opinion... if you can watch something, listen to something, and read something all at once I recommend watching Pretty Girl (it's a short film a ...more
Shahd Fadlalmoula
May 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
At some point I had to force myself to finish this book because I read a handful of amazing poems dispersed here and there, and thought maybe I'll find some more. If that's how you're reading a book (rummaging through it to find great pieces amongst the repetitive mediocre ones) then you can't really call it a great piece of work; which was disappointing because I had high hopes for this book given the synopsis and the author's background... but oh well. ...more
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars. the author is raw and brutal in her words. but that is what makes her poetry so real. she is a woman of color and the way she used her lineage to make these poems was breathtaking. women of all shades need to read this. it teaches you not to let any man rule you. love yourself and build yourself up.
Jessica C Writes
I think the poems are written very well but this was not my favorite collection. I think poetry is all about how you feel when you read it, and I found it hard to connect to.
Gurveen Kaur
Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Well, I really really wanted to like this book! But I just couldn't relate to most of it. But I know a lot of people would love it and hence for that reason, I do recommend it. ...more
Stefan Garland
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
''you carry the moon
on your body.
you know how to
make me howl like a wolf
and lull me to sleep.''
2.5 stars

Originally posted on: The Quirky Book Nerd

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

I always say, poetry is extremely subjective and hard to review, as it will touch each and every reader in a completely unique way. Not every collection or poet will strike the right note with every reader, and this ended up being the case for me with these poems. This was one of those situations where I could appreciate the talent of the author, but the topics a
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K.Y. Robinson is an introverted writer based in Houston, Texas. She began writing poetry and short stories in her pre-teens after secretly reading letters that her mother wrote to God tucked inside her bible. They taught her a great lesson on vulnerability. As a withdrawn child suffering from an undiagnosed mental illness, Robinson spent a lot of time alone. Writing naturally became her sanctuary. ...more

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