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Light Filters In: Poems

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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 exquisite
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 22nd 2018 by HarperCollins
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Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 conne
Jessica Ciarcz
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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.
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
Tanja Voosen
Liked it? LOVED IT. Light Filters In ist der Gedichte Band von @poeticpoison aka Caroline Kaufman. Sie ist gerade mal 18 Jahre alt und behandelt in ihren Gedichten ernste Themen wie Depressionen, Suizid, sexuellen Missbrauch und einiges mehr. Neben dem ernsten Zeilen spürt man aber auch, dass der Titel hier Programm ist. Irgendwann fällt das Licht herein und vertreibt ein wenig die Dunkelheit. Viele ihrer Gedichte fand ich absolut großartig und ich habe gefühlt alle drei Seiten ein Post-It benut ...more
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.
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
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
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
look at all that
you have survived.

find your future
in the p
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
"in a world of covered ears
and mouths taped shut,
this is my cry for help.

is the sound of my fingertips
brushing the keyboard
loud enough?

can you hear me?"

TW: mental illness, self-harm, suicide, recovery, sexual assault, abusive relationships, violence

This collection of poems is genuinely one of the most beautiful things that I have read this year. The writing was so beautiful and so raw and honest and I was really impressed by how many different topics were explored throughout the collection. I
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I don't know who I am.

I'm trying to look at myself
In the bathroom mirror,
but the shower's running
and the glass is all foggy.

I've spent so much time
trying to become who I should be
that I lost myself along the way.
in a world of covered ears
and mouths taped shut,
this is my cry for help.

is the sound of my fingertips
brushing the keyboard
loud enough?

can you hear me?
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
there is nothing
more powerful

than a girl
with a pen

who is brave enough
to use it

- Caroline Kaufman

Using poetry to heal, 18-year-old Caroline Kaufman opens up her heart and invites readers to look at her "messy teenage years." In Light Filters In, she bravely talks about her mental illness - suicide, anxiety, depression - and shows us what it means to be human. I flagged so many pages in this book - pages that contain beautiful words, pages that show years of darkness and solitude, and pages that r
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
The poetry in this book is truly fantastic. I strongly resonated with the haikus and the backward poem really blew me away. She describes how this poetry was a means of record-keeping, coping, and sharing with others. The fact that these poems were written during her phases of pain and recovery, almost entirely unedited, adds a whole layer of expression and meaning when reading it. I could feel how extremely personal it was and I'm very glad to have read about Caroline's journey. I decided to re ...more
Jessica | Booked J
(4.5) Review also found here.

“It's okay if some things
are always out of reach.
If you could carry all the stars
in the palm of your hand,
they wouldn't be
half as breathtaking”

This is one of the most promising debuts in modern poetry. Light Filters In showcases a wise, and still vulnerable and young, prose. Kaufman's honesty is a breath held in the dark, those few moments before you step out into the light. You read Light Filters In and it feels universally true and complex. Part of you feels the
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Probably the most powerful collections I have read this year.
I have a new favourite author, it seems.
This book landed in my lap at just the perfect time.
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm giving this a 4-star rating right now, but that may change.

Light Filters In is a deeply personal collection that I couldn't put down. It at times put a hitch in my breath. Almost the entire time I was reading, I felt like I was looking back on a younger version of myself(course, I was never this well-spoken) and to feel that connection is incredibly special to me; as for a long time, it felt like I was the only one who felt or thought certain ways.

Then there was a lot that Caroline has expe
Laura Harrison
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Extremely impressive debut!
Kiley Brennan
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it
3.8 stars. I am not a big fan of poetry, and i'm not going to pretend i understand everything this book was talking about. But there is no denying the immense amount of talent that this girl has. There is no denying that this collection of poems touched me more deeply than any other book ever has. I don't think I have ever cried more while reading while I did reading this. I thought I would share some of the poems that I particularly loved with all of you:

1. lost:happiness.
chapped lips,
Aditi ~ •A Thousand Words A Million Books

I received a review copy from HarperCollins India in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

This collection of poems by Caroline Kaufman blew me away.

I didn’t know what to expect, going in. Over the last few months, I’ve been gravitating towards poetry more and more. My Instagram feed is essentially filled with these beautiful words put together by such talented individuals, and I’m honestly in awe of it all.

Yeti Youngblood
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Caroline Kaufman's (@poeticpoison's) debut poetry collection is raw, emotional, and spectacularly brave. When I first picked this book up I had only meant to read a few poems just to check it out. A little while later, I found myself entirely caught up in Kaufman's mind. Before I knew it, I was closing the back cover, marking my favorite poems, and adding 'Light Filters In' to my list of 'Poetry Bibles' among the likes of Amanda Lovelace and Rupi Kaur.

Kaufman has managed to find a way to breath
L.K. Simonds
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, favorites
Caroline Kaufman's twitter handle is @itspoeticpoison, but her verse is anything but poisonous.

I would give this slim volume - which I have read slowly, rereading many pages - I would give it ten stars if GR had them to give. The words are that beautiful, that haunting, that healing.

I know firsthand the cathartic power of writing. To pour something unwanted out of yourself into words. To leave it there, on the page, and walk away. Free, or at least freer than before. These poems progress, each
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Light Filters In is an articulate collection of poetry that weaves in the perpetual reality of mental illness as it hinders one's intimate soul search. This compelling collection is nothing less than the raw representation of what it means to be human. I have read, re-read, and related to these words of distress and redemption. Maybe the stars aligned and spoke for me, but solace was what I needed most, and this book found its way into my hands at the perfect time. For Caroline Kaufman, if you ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was breathtaking.

I have never connected to a poetry book as much as I did with this one. Some of my own poems I saw in Kaufman's and it was the most beautiful yet heartbreaking thing.

I loved every single poem and the words reached out to me.

I thank Kaufman for her masterpiece and for sharing her darkness and her light.
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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.
“It's okay if some things
are always out of reach.
If you could carry all the stars
in the palm of your hand,
they wouldn't be
half as breathtaking”
“You can't root yourself
In the ground, hoping the world
Will grow around you.

You were made to do
More than hide in the shadows
Of another's leaves”
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