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Almost Home: Poems

4.55  ·  Rating details ·  148 ratings  ·  33 reviews
From the Instagram poet and author of the exquisite Please Don’t Go Before I Get Better comes a gorgeous poetry and prose collection that explores the meaning of “home” and the profound discovery of finding it within oneself—perfect for fans of Rupi Kaur and Amanda Lovelace.

In this stunning third collection from Madisen Kuhn, Madisen eloquently analyzes some of life’s univ
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Gallery Books
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
i suppose someday
i will find the courage
to not fear
my own humanness.

what i was born from.
what i will inevitably make.
what will hopefully
turn out beautiful.

Almost Home is a tough poetry collection to rate. First of all, I personally am a big fan of this poetry style: the capitalization-free, minimal-punctuation storytelling is easy for me to relate to, and the stream-of-consciousness narrative works really well with my brain in particular.

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Jessica C Writes
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I really enjoyed this collection. It was really well written and I loved the idea of "home" throughout it. I have always loved Madisen's writing, and she constantly inspires me.

I think her writing really has improved from her first collection, and it is so cool to watch that happen.

I'm not a harsh critic when it comes to poetry, so take this review with a grain of salt, but I thought it was really well done.
Oct 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
I’ve tried to like this poetry, to find something redeeming in it. But these words leave me feeling nothing. To say someone’s poetry is not good always feels like an attack on the poet, which is never my intent. But I wish poets like Kuhn and the writer of the foreword, Orion Carloto, weren’t published. I wish they’d waited longer, honed their craft, stopped treating the art of poetry like a tumblr diary. It is forgettable. I want something that sticks. The illustrations featured alongside the w ...more
Cianna Sunshine & Mountains Book Reviews
A lesser-known fact about me, in undergrad I minored in Creative Writing, and put together a portfolio of poems, and creative fiction. I don't write much anymore, but I still love poetry, so I was over the moon to receive a copy of this book. I loved it. So many lovely poems that really get into the heart of what home is, how we choose our home, and the feelings of losing that sense of home. For me, the best poetry comes with a side of heartbreak, and you can't write unless you've felt that pain ...more
Sara D
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-hundred
I loved this book of poems by Madisen Kuhn. A collection of starkly personal poems that seek the meaning of home. What she wants a home to be and what she doesn't want a home to be. What it means to be at home in relationships and what it means to be at home in your own skin. How to be at home with your past and how to establish a home for your future. Finding home is a struggle, not only because of past experiences of not being home, but also because she does not yet know what home is. Her use ...more
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
#NetGalley #Almost Home


Thank you to NetGalley for giving me an advance readers copy of this poetry collection. Let me first start off by saying this is my favorite collection of poems I’ve ever read. I could feel the pain and suffering through the pages. And the struggles it takes to look at life differently each and every day. I fell in love with this collection. Everyone should read this. Whether you like poetry or not. We all can take something from this. So thank you for making me feel
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I had a hard time deciding how to rate this book. It's in the same vein as Rupi Kaur and Amanda Lovelace. Madisen Kuhn is an Instagram poet (the blurb even describes her that way) so you know what you're expecting with no capitalization and fairly simple free verse. That's my favorite kind of poetry, though, because it's so accessible and easy to read.

The poems didn't blow me away...and the thing about Instagram-style poetry is that the writing style isn't always remarkable. I know that sounds
Azzurra Nox
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
For someone like me who has been on the move since I was born, reading a book that explores the meaning of home was very relatable. What’s the difference between a house and a home? And how do you know when one feels just like a house and what makes a home a home? The poetry is very heartfelt and emotional. For some home is a physical place or location, while for others the meaning of home is a person. What makes us feel at home? Ultimately, it’s the place where we feel safe.

One of t
Jason Muckley
"Almost Home," Instagram poet, Madisen Kuhn's newest collection of poetry was both painful and powerful. I felt pieces of my own story unravel as I read her words. I could feel her pain and hear her cries. I related to much of her story and her poetry.

While some of her poems didn't resonate, I was able to move on quickly and find some deep poetry that stung my heart and brought tears to my eyes. Her collection is a quick read, but also something you can come back to again and again,
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Madisen Kuhn has been one of my favorite poets for a while now so I was ecstatic to get an advanced copy of her new collection Almost Home! The first third or so touches on a subject I’ve never had to deal with; the divorce of her parents and the instability that followed. My parents are still together and have only lived in two different houses since I’ve been old enough to remember, but even with the differences in our childhoods, I was still drawn to her words. The remainder of the book touch ...more
Ari Augustine
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
**Many thanks to Netgalley and Gallery Pocket Books for the chance to read this collection for an honest review**

ALMOST HOME is an intimate examination of the structures within Kuhn's life, whether brand new or battered -- lost or found -- and it resonates with our own search for a place to call our own. I particularly loved "When I Wake", "My Old Self", "Prism", "When I'm Alone/ In A Coffee Shop/ I Find Myself," and "I Am Grateful You Are Not Me". I loved how intimate these poems we
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
4.5 stars - I love Madisen's poetry. I've read her first two books as well, and she never fails to write in a way that's extremely vulnerable and expressive. This book was written in sections, similar to her last two books, where each room in a house means something (e.g. the bedroom = love and sexuality, the attic = mental illness, etc.) I thought this was very creative, and gives readers a chance to skip to the section they most identify with in the moment. I always star my favourite poems and ...more
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
ARC Given by NetGalley for Honest Review

Almost Home is a wonderfully written collection of poems about what it means to truly belong. Whether the belonging comes from family, lovers, or just yourself, Kuhn hits home with beautifully crafted language about her struggle in finding a place she can call "home." Broken up into different sections of a house, each part deals with different areas of life ranging from divorce, family, love, and self-acceptance. Each poem seems to reach out and grab th
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Madisen’s third book, Almost Home was just as captivating as her first two, if not more. Hooked from the foreword, gorgeously written by Orion Carloto, I picked it up and didn’t put it down until I end the final page. Formatting the book into sections of a home to indicate different periods of life was a stroke of genius. It made it that much more exciting to read, to see where you would end up next. If you’re looking for someone who literally puts her heart on the page, this is definitely the b ...more
Mandy Cramm
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written and heartwrenching poetry by Madisen. It is relatable yet personal, I can find myself within the words without it feeling like Madisen wrote these words for that exact purpose. It is not cliche in a way where other poetry is made for the reader. These are words written for the author by the author, we just get to enjoy the ride.

I particularly loved the first section about family, perhaps because it resonated with me the most. Some of these words I wanted to yell from rooftop
Connor Sullivan
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was astounding. I very much enjoyed the messages presented. Even if those messages didn't necessarily apply to my upbringing and family life, they were still impactful. Kuhn writes the theme of a house very well, separating the chapters to different rooms in a house and associating a feeling/emotion behind those rooms is down right genius. Can't wait to reread this collection again. I will miss the feeling of reading these poems for the first time again.
Fred Slusher
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kuhn has most definitely grown as a writer. One poem in particular was so beautiful and resonated with me so deeply that I photocopied it to have with me and carry in my wallet. It’s called “give yourself a break”. Not to be confused with the Demi Lovato song, “Give Your Heart a Break”, which I also love and got me through some hard times. This collection is just so freaking beautiful. I loved it.
Dominique Rispoli
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve followed Madisen since before she published her first book, and I’ve read all of her books. I like them all but Almost Home really shows off how much she has grown as a writer, and it’s beautiful. It’s my absolute favorite and if you like poetry I highly recommend it! Each poem is so well written.
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have been on a poem binge lately and when this one came up I jumped right on it. This was a well written title that I had a slightly hard time getting through. I felt this one was slightly on the depressing side but I loved it. You could just feel the pain in each poem that the author portrays. I would recommend this one to readers who want to read something meaningful.
Rachel  Drenning
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC of this book.
These poems were beautiful, sad, emotional, funny, heartfelt and so much more. This lady is a very talented writer and I love her way with words. Keep up the good work, Ms. Kuhn
Sarah Wagner
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Madisen Kuhn never fails to remind us to learn to love yourself and be kind to others. This collection of poems guides us to understanding the complexity of relationships between family, lovers, and yourself. I highly recommend Kuhn’s works for their beauty and ingenuity.
Sep 21, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the first work I have read from Madisen and I found it so heartfelt. So much feeling comes from the pages...such sadness and emotion. It tugged at my heart! I enjoyed the illustrations tucked in after a section of passages. They gave me the chance to breathe and reflect.
Taylor James
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
madisen has a beautiful way with words. she takes my thoughts and puts them on paper. she makes me feel like i have a home in her books and she is also a great person, outside of just being a beautiful writer! obsessed with all 3 of her wonderful books.
Rebecca Schwerter
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are so many poems I adore in this collection and it being divided into sections of a home (eg. attic,bedroom..) is such fitting& unique idea!
Renee Kochinski
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Madisen is my favorite poet and this book exceeded all expectations!! She has truly helped me through some dark times. ❤
Grace Usleman
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Madisen has such an incredible way with words. Her poems only continue to grow in elegance and meaning.
McKayla DeBonis
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every time I think Madisen can’t outdo her last collection she proves me wrong
Caitlin Michelle
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
Loved it! I love Madisen’s writing, and this one made me feel a bunch of emotions. Awesome work.
Vanessa Perry
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
This poetry collection felt flat and lack of depth. It's a bit disappointing because I loved 'Please Don't Go Before I Get Better'. Most of the poems seem repetitive and too simple (?). Simple words, simple imagery. It almost seems like the author just wanted to spew out as many poems as she could to fill up the book.
I'm not trying to dismiss her personal experiences and struggles. I'm sure they are all very real and valid. But I just think she did a very mediocre job of writing about them
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Madisen Kuhn is a 23-year-old poet from Charlottesville, Virginia. She likes to explore topics of identity, belonging, sexuality, and mental illness in her work. In 2015, she self-published her first collection of poetry, Eighteen Years, after gaining a following on Tumblr and Instagram. Her second book, Please Don't Go Before I Get Better, was released May 2018 by Gallery Books. Her third book, A ...more
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