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The Day Is Ready for You is a prose and poetry collection weaving together the fractured, gritty pieces of the past, and the light that can break through an open window if you let it.

This is the first book of a two-book series about grace, heartbreak, and breathing freely.

I will tell you
again and again:
in some small way,
everything matters.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published May 15th 2018 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Emm - "That Book You Like is Coming Back in Style"
*More poetry and novelty on my blog.*

Can you transform mourning into melodies? Can drowning lungs be relieved as they mold into gills? Malee can do this sort of magic with words. It should be said that there exists a tender and flimsy line between inspiring and cloying when it comes to poetry, and that this collection steadies far on the former half of that line, and that it actually is inspiring means something to me. A large chunk of modern poetry, well, let’s say it does some violent jump-rop
Jun 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I received this as an ARC from NetGalley.

While there were some parts of this I enjoyed, there wasn’t anything that especially stood out about this collection for me. I was just glad to see that the pieces felt thought through and meaningfully constructed.
Shirley Cuypers
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-beta, ebooks, poetry, 2018
Original review

This book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Andrews McMeel Publishing and Netgalley!

The Day Is Ready for You
is a prose and poetry collection about life, heartbreak and breathing freely.

I liked The Day Is Ready for You because some of the poems and prose were really beautiful. It’s not my favourite poetry and prose collection because I couldn’t connect to all the poems. I really liked that there were romantic poems and femi
Alicia Cook
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I finished this book over the weekend. The cover is one of the best I've seen, so the overall aesthetic pushed the collection to a 5-star review.

Malee is at the top of her game when it comes to this subset of poetry. She has a way with language that makes you feel gutted, but somehow, still warm and hopeful.

Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on: The Quirky Book Nerd

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

This is the first collection of poetry by Malee that I have read and I really enjoyed it a lot. It was such an inspiring and enlightening work, and I found myself completely captivated by her words. There tends to be a lot of repetition in modern poetry in terms of subject matter, and I believe it takes a special writer to truly distinguish their writing from the rest. Ma
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
We’re really just publishing anything with line breaks and calling it poetry these days, huh? Anyway this sucked but I gave it 2 stars bc I like some of the poems. If I knew she was an Instagram poet before I bought it I would not have read. She’s like Rupi Kaur but like Rupi Kaur her freshman year of high school probably
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
✮ Read this review and more like it on The Last Page

"today i am going to move
and leave nothing behind.
which is to say, i am going
to unwind like porcelain stars.
which is to say, i will be my own miracle.
which is to say, this day will be endless.
which is to say, i have given up
on black and white.”

This collection started off really strong with the first quarter of the book comprising of some of Malee’s better poems. As the collection carried on though it started venturing into the type of one lin
Shelby Eileen
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*arc provided by netgalley*

it took me a while to get through this but i think i just wanted to savour it as much as possible. coming back to it a few times rather than devouring it in one sitting was great for me because every time i got around to reading a portion of it, it brightened my day. these poems were so precise and lively. i loved reading about this poet's experiences with relationships. there is something special about how the author uses "we" in her work, like there is truly a collab
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
4.5 stars

I enjoy modern poetry. However I did not like Milk and Honey,. This book is thousand times better!!!
Like other poetry book I have read, there are some poems in this book that didn't connect with me. And I guess it's normal in Poetry :) Thankfully, there are more poetry that I really really love in this book. I loveeeee her writing style. How she knit everything everybody word together perfectly.
I feel encourage, calm, and also hopeful after reading this book!

If you want to try reading
Henriette Elise
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
“i stretched myself thin, and i worked in the shadows.

always with my head down, always with my spine curved in.

and i didn’t always know quiet. sometimes i had to gather
the courage to remain so, to not let anger or frustration
pull me from myself.

often, i approached myself like a stranger,

i tried to hold my own hand, whisper in my own ear.

tell myself that this is only temporary;
this overwhelming sorrow that seemed so paralyzing.

but even the inhale exhale of breath became poisonous
after too much
Jun 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: all-time-faves
Wow. I literally just got out of bed and opened my laptop to write this review. I can't explain just how much Alison's words speak to me. I read this over many months, but the end was well worth it! Her writing is beautiful and is the type of stuff you just can't begin to recreate. I encourage anyone who is interested in contemporary poetry to read her publications. She truly is incredible at making the reader feel every single emotion she is feeling, it's something I've only experienced a handf ...more
Hana Pauls
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it
the only reason I’m giving this three stars instead of four is because it didn’t really intrigue me until part three of the book. Part three on its own deserves five stars and I wish the entire book was like it (part three is just dripping with thoughts on self love and self suffocation, which hits home so I mean).
Sarah Bennett
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews
Malee has the most beautiful phrasing and concepts, with cleverly crafted metaphors that convey emotion and experience. I did prefer Shifting Bone, which I gave 5 of 5 stars, but I still loved this collection.
Caitlin Michelle
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-challenge
Great read, I really enjoyed it and would definitely read more by this author!
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
First poetry
Met her and had it signed at BookNetFest ♥️
Yekaterina Shishkovskaya
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: poems
you can write the words.
but this
(this becoming)
does not
there will be

A note I wrote beside this poem is "Exactly my point"...
I do not like modern poetry. It's all the same all the time. It's only about love and heartbreak. A couple of poems in this book were exactly like poems from another book I own, just structured differently. And, the main reason I do no like modern poetry: it doesn't RHYME! Therefore, this book should be referred to as a collection of prose, not
Mar 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook, poetry
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review.

This is a contemporary poetry collection in three parts: "unmovable things," "a restless pause" and "prayers like exhales."

I really enjoyed the last part and would probably give it four stars. For some reason, however, in the first two parts hardly anything connected with me. Because poetry is so incredibly personal, that doesn't mean you shouldn't read it, of course! I guess the
Leigh Witzling
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
I sped through this book quickly so I could finish before gifting it to a friend, and it's just that--a giftable book. This is not poetry that will make you swoon or weep, and it doesn't punch you in the gut. It's sweet and warm, totally the type of thing to give to a friend to make her feel loved and empowered, but it didn't bring me to my knees or make me want to slow down to savor it.

I have to agree with the Rupi Kaur comparisons in the other reviews. We've all just decided to write everythin
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, arc, netgalley
what witchcraft it is
that the sun
rises every morning
and does not ask
if it is time,
or if the sky is ready,
or if she has permission
to burn and
burn wildly.

what a treacherous thing,
this knowing
your power.
this recognizing
your worth.

This was pretty good! While I had a hard time connecting with many of them, I ended up really liking the third part of this book, which was called "prayers like exhales." There were a few pieces that I really loved from that section.

Thank you to NetGalley and the
Jun 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
I found the book very boring. I was very disappointed and couldn’t wait to be done with it. I thought the words were very shallow and rarely did I find a poem that resonated with me.
Brittney S.
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Alison Malee is a heartfelt poet. This collection of poetry was refreshing yet deep and contemplative. These poems are profound enough to propel reader's into their own self discovery journey. ...more
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-reads
Received a copy of this for free at my request from NetGalley.

Reading more poetry at the suggestion of a writing mentor. I did enjoy this, and I do think it's a decent collection, but there are a few things that just didn't click with me (though they might with you!) and some things I enjoyed a lot (that you might not!):

- There was repetition of some weird things/ideas in different poems. This in itself doesn't have to be bad, but it wasn't themes so much as specific objects/ideas places in poem
Mar 29, 2018 added it
Shelves: poetry, netgalley
"The Day Is Ready For You" is a poetry and prose collection about life, love and heartbreak. It's short poems, easy to get into for everyone who isn't very into breaking down the meaning of every line. The writing flows very good. I especially liked the connections to nature, like landscape and ocean. The subject was mainy heartbreak and it became a bit repetitive at times, I think it would've been better to include a couple poems about completely other things to break it up, but on the other si ...more
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoy reading poetry; slowing down and letting the words and images tumble over me, catching a few, slipping them in my pocket to admire again later, letting others slide by; new thoughts brought to light or old ones revisited in different ways; always an experience.

Alison Malee is good at painting pictures with her words; pictures that are expressive and emotional, as well as her quiet observations on life. I enjoyed this book, marking favorite poems (we are and we are not; understanding; exh
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The cover of The Day Is Ready for You caught my eye and when I saw it was published by Andrews McMeel (one of my favorites), I knew I had to read this book.

This is a lovely collection of poetry by Alison Malee that showcases her gift for stringing together words mindfully. Most of the poems center around love, both present and lost. The majority of the poems are less than a page long, which kept me reading along ("just one more"). I got through the book quickly, but definitely paused to savor ce
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I don’t really like to rate poetry books because they’re so personal and not every poem is going to vibe with every person. That being said, I loved this collection and I think I can give it a solid 4-4.5 stars! There were definitely some poems I did not understand immediately or relate to, but I did find a few that blew me away. (will come back to name a few!) I’d love to revisit this book later and do some deeper analyzing of the works I didn’t quite get, because I read this before bed and for ...more
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I recently read (all, I think) three books, so I am posting the same review for all of them

I recently crashed headlong into a kindred spirit with a shared love of words and music genres. One of our shared discoveries was the work of Alison Malee. I consumed quite a lot direct from her Instagram but then plunged headlong into the well of words that is her published output. Where to start? I'm not sure if you ever "finish" a poetry book, even if you read it cover to cover as I often pick up anth
May 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
I received an eARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review originally posted on my blog, Turning Pages.

I love poetry, I really do. But I’ve been struggling with the contemporary enjambed poetry that seems to be the style of choice for most poets these days.

What struck me right away about this collection is that the stanzas aren’t arranged in any particular way, at least not that was meaningful to me. I also had difficulty with enjoying the imagery used. I didn’t
Emily Perkovich
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books, poetry
I was not expecting to enjoy this as much as I did. I knew ahead of time that it was in the three part format that I dislike so much (in traumatic love, angry yet occasionally resigned, healing), but this one was written very well. It didn’t feel preachy to me, which is what generally makes me dislike this format. My only complaint is that there were certain poetic phrases and devices that were used over and over again even when another might have been better. The most notable being, the explana ...more
Michelle Kidwell
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing

The Day Is Ready for You
by Alison Malee

Andrews McMeel Publishing

Pub Date 15 May 2018

I am reviewing a copy of The Day Is Ready For You through Andrew Mcmeel Publishing and Netgalley:

The Day Is Ready For You is a collection of poetry and prose that is beautifully weaved together. It deals with everything from the gritty pieces of the past from the light that shines through. This poetry deals with everything from love, to desire.

This collection of poetry is a beautiful tribute to life, to lo
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“because even when I stare at a door
with the knowledge that it should remain closed.
with the knowledge that it most likely closed for a
even then, i am trying to work out the best way to
pick the lock
everything ends. everything ends. everything ends.

but my heart still whispers, does it have to?”
“today i am going to move
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which is to say, i am going
to unwind like porcelain stars.
which is to say, i will be my own miracle.
which is to say, this day will be endless.
which is to say, i have given up
on black and white.”
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