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This Is How You Survive

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Bad news: No one is coming to save you.

Good news: You can save yourself.

THIS IS HOW YOU SURVIVE is a poetry collection of moments and a happy book before anything else.

With poems such as "I Think It's Brave" and "You Can Save Yourself," This Is How You Survive represents the circular journey of life. It does not shy away from grief and healing, or joy and anger.

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Paperback, 110 pages
Published November 5th 2017 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Lana Cindric
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-books
Pretty good, if I may say so myself.
Isabelle | Nine Tale Vixen
i like to begin the new year by rereading a top favorite, so 2020 is off to a good start.

this is still one of my favorite poetry collections; it soothes my hurt and nurtures my spark. the poems span the spectrum from a raging forest fire to cold coffee, galaxies being born to scraped knuckles to love notes scribbled on old receipts. it pays tribute to the love and the hate, the fury and the joy, those diametrically opposed yet wholly codependent facets of the human existence.

these poems feel lik
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Oh, what can I say about this book?

I've been reading Lana's poetry on tumblr ever since she has started writing it and this collection is such a wonderful, monumental showcase of her talent and development as a poet and as a writer.
The book itself is divided into three parts, but you hardly notice that while reading; the flow is seamless, dreamlike, more of a one stream-of-consciousness than separate story and that's good, cause, well, it IS one story. Lana's story but not exclusively; I believ
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was Lana's poem titled "Spread Your Wings" which was what first drew me to her writings. As someone who has been struggling with depression, her words were like a comforting and strangely empowering source of hope. This Is How You Survive is no different. Her collection of poetry meets me exactly where I am without glossing over the dark and ugly parts of day-to-day healing. She holds so gracefully the darkness and light, hope and despair, and joy and anger of what it truly means to be alive. ...more
Soha Ahmed
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Her poems filled me with power, hope and- most importantly- faith in myself, my worth. Because sometimes "survival" seems more fitting to describe this crazy journey called Life, where you have to fight for your place in the world and this- this is how you survive. ...more
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This book has my favorite of her poems: Things We Should Learn From the Stars. So so good.

The rest of the book is beautiful as well, but that poem is just amazing.
Jojie Alcantara
Jun 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"Whenever you feel like you are not good enough,
like you are too small, stuck in one place with nothing to
look forward to -please remember that life is long
and you are still young.

There are so many worlds you have yet to uncover,
so many words to learn the taste of,
so many things that will make you wonder,
nights that will fill your heart up with the feeling
of complete satisfaction –If I die now,
I’ll have zero regrets. If I die now,
I’ll die knowing what the world’s smile looks like,
not ju
Apr 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021, poetry
This is a poetry collection where you can hear the author yell I CAN SURVIVE through the pages. It reads like the monologue you tell yourself when you just need to keep going. It is affirmation. It is bravery. And it is also chilling and real and relatable.

It reads best as a collection of poems. The reuse of words and imagery - stars, thrones, crowns, hurricanes, a friend's comforting hand - stretch across the whole book. I found the book because of the individual piece "I Love You" (which I've
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You have to read this at least once in your life
Mitta Thakrar
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is magical.

Everyone should buy it! Lana explores mental health, feminism, self-love, self-discovery and just how tough life can be in this memorizing book. You can feel the raw emotion in the pages, she brings certain scenes to life in a way that I haven't seen in poetry before. I usually take a picture of my favourite poem of a book to share on social media but I couldn't pick one, every single poem is just so incredible and moving. It's one of those books that will get you through a
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-the-shelf
I really don't know where to start. Clearly Lana has a gift. I wouldn't have been so excited to purchase her first book of poetry if she didn't. This Is How You Survive, though...I just wasn't prepared. Wtf. Lana's poetry is just so relatable and human. She made me feel like a PERSON for the first time in a long time. Big smiles, fat tears and all. Thank you so much for this <3 ...more
Priya Chaudhary
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A book of poetry which gives you all the hope you need in one go! A book that everyone should have in their collection.
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is life changing. I read it within a few days and immediately bought it as a gift for a friend. It is really as if Lana cracked open my brain and put my feelings into beautiful words.
Rebekka Magnella
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found a line written by Lana back in circa 2015, and I've followed her since. I've read TIHYS a few times and each time I find something new that touches me, while I cry over the same poems. I've used it for gifts, and I think it's absolutely amazing. It's the first poetry collection I read, and I would recommended to everyone, even if you don't usually read poetry. :) ...more
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Lana Rafaela Cindric is a writer, and a big fan of neon and cryptozoology. After all, what's a world without chupacabras?

Her first poetry collection, This Is How You Survive has been known to make people grab their cowboy boots and depart immediately in pursuit of joy, so caution is advised (or at least a sturdy suitcase).

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“I think it’s brave that you get up in the morning even if your soul is weary and your bones ache for a rest.

I think it’s brave that you keep on living
even if you don’t know how to anymore.

I think it’s brave that you push away the waves rolling in every day,
and you decide to fight.

I know there are days when you feel like giving up but
I think it’s brave
that you never do.”
“Bad news: no one is coming to save you.

Good news: you can save yourself.”
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