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In the vein of poetry collections like Milk and Honey and Adultolescence , this compilation of short, powerful poems from teen Instagram sensation @poeticpoison perfectly captures the human experience. 

In Light Filters In, Caroline Kaufman—known as @poeticpoison—does what she does best: reflects our own experiences back at us and makes us feel less alone, one exqui
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 22nd 2018 by HarperCollins
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Marianne (I'll write the poem backwards for you lol)
the day you first met me
I can't believe you didn't
run away.

I was a mess.
but, you kept trying even though
I …more
(I'll write the poem backwards for you lol)
the day you first met me
I can't believe you didn't
run away.

I was a mess.
but, you kept trying even though
I told you not to.

when you said I was special.
I couldn't believe

I was a failure.

you told me I could.
and one day, that was all I believed, even when
everyone told me I couldn't.

I meant something.
I no longer thought
I was worthless

sadness and pain
were never there; for I was filled with
all the beautiful things you saw

I couldn't believe it
when you called me perfect, but
somehow, you got into my brain

(If you read my comment backward, that is how Caroline originally has it in her book of poems. Really clever of her to do this)(less)

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Schizanthus Nerd
Trigger warnings are quoted below:
I talk about mental illness, self-harm, suicide, recovery, sexual assault, abusive relationships, violence, and other issues that may not be the easiest to swallow.
Caroline Kaufman is probably better known (so far) by her Instagram profile @poeticpoison. Published while still a teenager, this book is a mixture of dark and light, heartache and hope. Poetry can be very hit and miss for me and I found that to be the case with this collection as well. I con
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Jessica C Writes
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
This book was really well written. I felt the emotions in each poem, and I really enjoyed the metaphors.

Great read, but there are some trigger warnings to keep in mind: sexual assault, self harm, violence
Krista Regester
Feb 03, 2020 rated it liked it
A note to the author:

Why I say “died by suicide” instead of “committed suicide”: It is not a crime or sin. We are not blaming this person when we talk about how they died. Suicide is often the consequence of a mental health crisis – and should be regarded in the same way as a physical health condition. We don’t say “they committed cancer”. When we carry stigma in our language we push others away from feeling comfortable asking for help. If you are dedicating a page in your book to those who hav
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Helen
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
there is nothing more powerful / than a girl with a pen
these words are poetic poison

I have mixed feelings towards this collection. I have great respect to Caroline Kaufman for being able to put herself out there so unreservedly - if I could describe this in one word it would be 'brave.' She talks with painful honesty about her experiences with depression and self-harm, and it's by no means an easy read. There were also some great one-off lines which I feel had a lot of impact, and worked fantast
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Alicia Cook
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Strong debut by this young author. Full review to come following release. Thank you to Harper for providing me an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
Kaylee D
Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it
This book made me want to not listen to what everyone says. It is motivational but once again is telling a story that many people will not talk about. She talks about her journey and how she really struggled and that it was ok not to be ok all the time. I found that this book was kind of the same as all the others that I read. I found it hard to keep reading it because I was kind of not into it. I think it's a good book I had just read to many books like this that all have the same purpose but i ...more
 Amelia
Apr 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, poetry

the happiness
will come slowly,
the way light filters in
through the window
in the early morning hours.
so slowly
you don’t even notice
the night is ending,
until you wake up
and see the sunlight




This was nice, but I just have to accept that poetry is not my thing. I mean, there were a couple of poems that I liked more than others, but I just don't feel it, you know? The only book written in verse that I actually liked was Long Way Down and it really surprised me. I will say that the author has a beautifu
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Grace
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
As much as this was a hard collection for the poet to write, this was definitely a hard one to read.
Yet it was all so important.

Before picking this book up, there are multiple triggers such as self-harm, suicide, anxiety, depression etc and may I warn you that it is a raw take. If you are able to brave it, I would definitely recommend this as it was worth the read.
Elvina Zafril
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Updated Review

This book is about mental illness, self-harm, suicide, recovery, sexual assault, abusive relationships, violence and some other issues related.

The writing was good though I feel some of the poems kind of repetitive. It’s like I know what the author was trying to say and it kept repeating. All the poems are easy to understand. I liked few of the poems that I can relate to for example depression. Some of the poems made me feel sad because somehow I felt it related to me. At least one
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J & J
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Impressive. Even more so considering the author's age. What an inspiration to young writers as well as anyone (but especially teens) going through life's hardships.
march ⚡️
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Light Filters In: Poems is such an incredibly powerful book of poems. Caroline’s words are able to portray such raw emotion that really let you experience her feelings. This book was so emotionally jarring that i couldn’t put it down. I love this book so deeply and highly recommend it to anyone.
Nicolethebookavenger
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was like she wrote down everything I was feeling. This book is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you haven’t read it yet you need to. 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
Cyndi
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
There are a lot of trigger warnings in these poems. The author opened up her heart and bled out in her words. It was brave and so very sad.
I am not really one to read poetry, but I admire it so much. To be able to put all your emotion into just a few words is a gift. These poems are tragically beautiful. But be prepared to pull out your tissues and weep for the brave girl in these words. And then applaud her for the work she has done and is doing every day.
Iphios
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When it comes to instagram poets I've always been wary. I have read enough of the published poets of instagram to feel this way. Not all instagram poets are made equal and a publication, to me, does not necessarily mean that the poetry is good. Popular, yes. Poetic? debatable.

Truncated lines do not make a poem.

When my friend told me about Caroline Kaufman all my alarm bells were up. Another instagram poet. Yet, I knew, that I could not judge a poet by where they were first known, because there a
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The Artisan Geek
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, bookcase
21/6/19
I bought this book back in December, but just picked it up. I never understood poetry all that well, I didn't know how to read it. Kaufman giving me the gift of understanding and solace is immeasurable and although I have not finished reading through this book in its entirety I cannot give this less than five stars. The rawness and openness that she shows in her writing is precious, and I feel that if you manage to resonate with any part of the book, this poetry can definitely over you so
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Anna P
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book made me cry and think multiple times because I can relate to some of the thoughts the author was having. I picked up this book because I tend to read books I can relate to very easily so I figured why not pick this one up. I loved this book a lot and I would definitely pick it up again if I had the time.
noor
Jun 03, 2018 marked it as to-read
I need to read this because I still remember DMing this author three years ago when she was just an Instagram account that posted her poetry
Jennifer
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was the first poetry book that I've read and I'm so glad that I started with this! It was beautifully written and full of emotions. Lots of important issues were the themes of the poems such as mental illness, abuse, and suicide. I really admired the author for pouring her heart out and writing her personal experiences. Looking forward to read more from her!

find yourself
in a page.
look at
where you are.

find your past
in the pages
before.
look at all that
you have survived.

find your future
in the p
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Trinity Fier
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love poems and I always have loved poems. This book contains some poems that are a little hard to take in and at first I was a little skeptical just because of how dark the poems were but the further and further you get into the book, you see the poems change and they become so beautiful and positive. wow is all I have to say. I could really relate to some of the emotions she was writing down in this book and it made me feel as if I am not alone. HIGHLY recommend this book as it was so beautif ...more
Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
This Kindle edition was gifted to me by a friend!

I've followed Caroline on Instagram for a few years now and absolutely love her writing style. This debut collection was a fantastic read. Raw, shocking, haunting yet beautiful and heartwarming all mixed into one. One of my new favourites for sure!
Jeannine Allison
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
My favorite...

my head is the one that's guilty,
but my soul is always blamed.
Shanti
This was one of the most cohesive poetry collections I have ever read. And I want to not have liked it--the slug when I downloaded it from the library (legally, guys, chill)--was 'teen instagram poetry', which is the sort of thing that is supposed to tell you everything you need to know about it. And this does have a it of rupi kaur and amanda lovelace, the poets I do not like because they are too obvious. But people have been challenging me lately to thenk beyond subtlety as my criteria for poe ...more
Emma L.
Nov 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooked, poetry
*** The only potential spoilery material in this review, is me sharing my favourites from this collection ***

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 (3/5 stars).

I've always wanted to read Caroline Kaufman's poetry collection ever since she appeared in a few epic reads videos when this book came out. She is such a sweet and adorable cupcake of a human being & I have to say I'm really glad that I read her poetry collection since it is one of the very few and rare ones that I actually liked. Even the poems that didn't provok
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Bayleigh
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
So I work in a book store and realized we had a new poetry book, per usual I went and picked it up and I could not put the book down. Throughout the book you really get to see what it is like to be someone who deals with anxiety and depression, and the thoughts that go through someone's head when they are going through it. As someone who has anxiety, and who has depression; I related to this book on an entirely new level than I usually can. Through the entirety of this book, Caroline is extremel ...more
may ☆彡
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
be grateful that
time will heal
the wounds but
leave the scars.

how else will you
remember all that
you’ve survived?


Light filters in is an amazing collection of heartbreaking and bittersweet poems. I was crying my way through this book; it’s absolutely amazing that someone so young can write so beautifully. While it does deal with some very heavy topics, (i.e. cutting yourself, depression, rape culture, mental illness) it helps you understand some of the very difficult things many people go through in
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Ameema Saeed
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, poetry, young-adult
* technically * I only read the sneak peak, but this is raw, and beautiful, and sad, and hopeful, and childish, and profound, and angsty, in the way that somehow only teenagers can be.

This was my first taste of Caroline Kaufman’s poetry, and I am very excited to read the full poem.

I’m an Indigo Employee, and I received a sneak peak of this book, in exchange for my honest feedback.
Chelsea (ChelsBookStop)
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I took my time with this book. Reading only a few poems every other night. This book deserves that. It’s not poetry you can devour. It’s dark, dangerous, and some of them are triggers. For me especially. This doesn’t take away from the beauty of these poems. You can tell the author went to a very scary place to write these words down. Such a remarkable book.
Ashley Neuhaus
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Talented. The writing from this author is just beautiful. I rarely can connect to someone’s poetry, but this was the exception. By far one of the best poetic souls I’ve come across.
Jade Caprio
Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Poetry is such a hard thing to review.
It was well written. It was powerful. It was emotional.
But it did not connect with me because my experiences did not align with the authors. Simple as that.
RedL.
3 Stars for the style, 5 Hearts for the content

I didn't know the author, her account, her online fame, the hype, so I went into this collection with no expectations. I love poetry, I wrote too. This was a gift and the more I read it, the more I understood the reason it had been chosen for me...the message came through and I'm grateful.

I was comfortable with the way it was written and compiled, it surprised me (in a good way) there was so much rhyming and after a clumsier start, it kept getting
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Caroline Kaufman—known as @poeticpoison on Instagram—began writing poetry when she was thirteen years old as a means of coping with her depression. A year later, she started posting it online, and what started as a personal way to combat mental illness eventually became an account with hundreds of thousands of followers across social media.

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