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Astro Poets: Your Guides to the Zodiac

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From the online phenomenons the Astro Poets comes the first great astrology primer of the 21st century.

Full of insight, advice and humor for every sign in the zodiac, the Astro Poets' unique brand of astrological flavor has made them Twitter sensations. Their long-awaited first book is in the grand tradition of Linda Goodman's Sun Signs, but made for the world we live in today.

In these pages the Astro Poets help you see what's written in the stars and use it to navigate your friendships, your career, and your very complicated love life. If you've ever wondered why your Gemini friend won't let you get a word in edge-wise at drinks, you've come to the right place. When will that Scorpio texting "u up?" at 2AM finally take the next step in your relationship? (Hint: they won't). Both the perfect introduction to the twelve signs for the astrological novice, and a resource to return to for those who already know why their Cancer boyfriend cries during commercials but need help with their new whacky Libra boss, this is the astrology book must-have for the twenty-first century and beyond.

336 pages, Hardcover

First published November 5, 2019

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Alex Dimitrov

10 books110 followers
Alex Dimitrov is the author of three books of poems, including Love and Other Poems, as well as the chapbook American Boys. His work has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Paris Review, and Poetry. He was the former senior content editor at the Academy of American Poets, where he edited Poem-A-Day and American Poets. He has taught creative writing at Princeton University, Columbia University, and Barnard College, among other institutions. With Dorothea Lasky, he is the co-author of Astro Poets: Your Guides to the Zodiac. Dimitrov lives in New York.

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Profile Image for Marijana ☕✨.
446 reviews87 followers
December 6, 2019
Capricorn: I found a book you might like.
Gemini: I’ve probably already read it.
Capricorn: I doubt it. This is a very obscure text.
Gemini: I’ve read every book ever written.
116 reviews
September 18, 2019
First of all this book is just about SUN signs. It starts out saying what a sun sign is,and the different modes and elements. And then a little about the moon and Saturn returns and mercury retrogrades and rising signs. If you have no knowledge of astrology I believe this would just confuse you rather then help. I felt like I was reading more of a fiction book rather then an astrology book. I did not feel like it was a guide at all. Every chapter starts out a different sun sign and tells about someone famous. I don't feel like you can explain a sun sign using a celebrity because there lives are nothing like an ordinary every day sun sign. Also it seamed to me the authors were taking there own perception of people they know as certain sun sign and making that all about that particular sign. People are not made up just by sun sign alone and I felt like most of this book was not accurate at all. All in all I was disappointed and don't feel its worth reading if your trying to learn astrology and its sun sign meanings.
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6 reviews
May 24, 2020
Literally read an actual astrology book. This was obviously written in like two days and is meant to be sold at urban outfitters
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Author 3 books35 followers
January 12, 2020
This is such a profoundly frustrating book. It oscillates wildly between genuinely incredible and thoughtful insight (and some lovely poems), lazy and uninspired stereotypes (it’s my Aquarian lot in life for people to constantly tell me I’m an alien who likes to wear shower curtains), and baffling generalizations about astrology. (From the first chapter: “Many astrologers, us included, don’t put a lot of stock in a person’s rising sign.” I have followed astrology and a huge variety of astrologers closely for many, many years and I’d say that is by no means a popular opinion - at ALL.)

Anyway, this is purely a sun-centric book, so it feels very dated in its approach, despite the unnecessarily long “how a sign texts” sections which are better suited to Twitter than three pages in each sign chapter. But I did feel compelled to give 3 stars (and not my original impulse of 2) because when the Astro Poets get it right, they get it frighteningly and intensely right. (I bitched about the Aquarius stereotypes earlier, but the Aquarius As A Friend section almost made me put the book in the freezer because TOO REAL.)
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987 reviews499 followers
Shelved as 'definitive-tbr'
November 27, 2019
okay, I think it's time to finally know a little about astrology...? thanks to the libroFM ALC program for the review audiobook.
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429 reviews35 followers
September 23, 2019
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I haven't read an astrology book for quite some time, and found this to be a nice, updated take on the subject. It was not too heavy, contained a good deal of humor, and was altogether an enjoyable read. This only goes over the sun signs, so if you want a more in-depth take on your chart, look elsewhere. Well done, in that it didn't drag on at all, was never boring; each section was just the right length. The sign-specific texts were especially amusing.
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1,311 reviews60 followers
October 12, 2020
4.5 stars - this was an absolute delight. Ive been following Astro Poets on twitter for years now, and their book definitely lives up. I have fully drunk the kool aid on astrology and I have no shame. Though not always perfect, astrology is so fascinating and often right. I would apologize for nagging everyone around me for their birthdays and birth times over the past week, but I’m not really sorry. 😝 can’t wait to come back to this time and again!
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92 reviews110 followers
December 5, 2019
LOVE LOVE LOVE! This is my all time favorite astrology book written by favorite astrologers (and poets). I couldn’t wait for my preorder so I listened to the audiobook & I’m so glad I did!! I want MORE please!!
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277 reviews6 followers
November 24, 2019
4.5 stars. As delightful and poetic as you’d think coming from 2 poets. Go listen to their podcast too; the last episode featured a fantastic interview of Saeed Jones.
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340 reviews209 followers
May 7, 2020
It made me laugh as I'd expected it would . I knew I'd like it even before I'd started reading it because reading their tweets is one of the only reasons I go on Twitter once in a while .
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186 reviews
February 17, 2021
I read this in one night - it was a lot of fun!

The Taurus part had me almost crying - veryyy me. I kept reading parts to my wife and we would laughhhh.

I love the way it's organized. I really don't know any of my friend's signs or anything (I'm new to birthdays) so I didn't know how to relate to any of them beyond me and my wife, but even that was interesting.

Besides the funny stuff, this quote is my favourite:
"Taureans' true love is real life. The frequentative nature of everyday experience makes a life - a deep and profound life. It's this deep life that they spend their whole existence searching for." Could not agree with anything more. I don't need to be constantly stimulated, I don't need distractions, I just love BEING. Which reminds me...

"They still think the world should go back to its old-fashioned days: pre-texting, pre-phones, pre-computers, pre-TVs, pre-street signs, pre-anything. They are always wanting to escape into a reality that involves a log cabin, a dog, cheese, chocolate, and sex (in that order)."
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135 reviews
April 24, 2020
This book wasn’t what I expected it to be, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy it. Each chapter details a different sign, which is typical for an astrology book, but I was expecting a more poetic approach from Astro Poets.

I read the book out of order, reading my favorite signs first and then reading about the ones I’m... less receptive towards. The authors said incredible things about each sign that softened my harsh opinions (sorry, Aries & Pisces).

TL;DR fun, well-written astro book. would recommend to other astrology enthusiasts
815 reviews89 followers
February 12, 2020
i am a scorpio sun, aries moon, cancer rising that was born on the scorpio-sag cusp. okay. i love astrology. i always wanted to be one of those people that can just look at someone or listen to them talk and be able to near accurately tell you their entire chart. so far i can obviously do scorpios like that. this book is a little informative but in all honesty it's like an astrology site mixed with a magazine (teen vogue or nylon) but in book form.
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336 reviews41 followers
April 2, 2020
Sigh. Everybody hates capricorns.
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388 reviews8 followers
January 24, 2021
Si las guías zodiacales siempre te han parecido aburridas ésta es la tuya, que mejor que te cuenten el carácter de los signos mediante anécdotas.

Dirigido a todas esas personas, que como yo lo primero que hacen es preguntarte tu signo zodiacal. cosa para mi casi más importante que saber el nombre.

Y a los que no, porque el carácter indie de la narración hace que, aunque no te interese, te resulte curioso. Una forma divertida de acercarte a las características de los que te rodean, y a las tuyas misma… Seguro que a nosotros es a quien menos conocemos.


Profile Image for Lee.
3 reviews
November 26, 2019
I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to better understand the sun signs! Anyone with a passing interesting astrology can tell you which signs are fixed, cardinal, air, fire, etc etc etc and which planets rule them, but the experience to describe the actual CHARACTER of the signs is something that can only come with years of observation. Astrology is of course really trendy, so unless you've done that observation yourself, it's difficult to know who's speaking about the signs from real experience and who's regurgitating some ideas they got from some memes. Like basically anything in astrology, this book should be taken with a grain of salt, but it's a MUCH more practical introduction to the signs than you'll get from a dry inventory of planets and elements, or from some anonymous meme accounts on twitter.

(A side note--the only chapter that didn't resonate with me was the one on Sagittarius, written by the Sag sun author. But that in itself is kind of an interesting case study. It feels very Sagittarius-like to both brag about your worst qualities and also painfully overestimate them.)
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738 reviews250 followers
July 7, 2020
This is a fairly standard examination of the sun signs of astrology. It is often humorous and adds a millennial feeling twist to much of the analysis, but I suppose somewhat like a millennial, it is fairly surface level, more concerned with outward appearances, throwing some humorous shade, and turning in early for a nap.

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48 reviews2 followers
January 2, 2020
This was a very humorous book. I found the interpretations to be very accurate to what I’ve already heard about each sign. I recommend this book to all of my astrology loving friends, or simply people who are interested enough to read a book about it.
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61 reviews1 follower
March 30, 2020
everything was good except dorothea really had a thing against capricorns and i wasnt happy about it at all... what capricorn fucked her over that bad lol
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11 reviews1 follower
December 13, 2020
Virgo: I was just thinking about that time I came with you to get your haircut and you didn’t know it but I saved a piece of your hair and put it in my “Memories from 2015” folder, color coded blue for beautiful and labeled 3:15, the time of your haircut.

You [confused]: Oh. That’s so . . . sweet.
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22 reviews
January 25, 2023
I love the trust I felt while reading. Dimitrov and Lasky are both amazing poets and writers, so if you’re looking for either an introduction to astrology or a new perspective on stuff you already know, this book is for you. Definitely going to keep returning to it.
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547 reviews
July 14, 2020
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Dit boek is dus niet helemaal voor mij weggelegd, gewoon omdat ik niks met sterrenbeelden heb. Maar dat wil niet zeggen dat het niet een interessant boek is. Als je wel geïnteresseerd bent in astrologie, denk ik zeker dat dit boek een goede aanwinst is voor je boekenkast! Als je een nuchtere Hollanders bent, zou ik dit boek overslaan.
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