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Sad Birds Still Sing

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Sad Birds Still Sing is a highly anticipated book of poetry from anonymous author Faraway. In less than a year, he has become one of the most recognizable figures on the platform where he writes: Instagram (@farawaypoetry). In this book of selected poems and writings, Faraway takes the reader on a journey of discovery, with a message of hope running as the main artery ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Central Avenue Publishing
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Andrea Tome
Aug 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
1.5/5

Gosh, I really wished I had liked this poetry collection better. I have a soft spot for narrative poetry and Instagram-sized pieces but I believe the key to successful poetry which doesnt rhyme is mastering internal rhythm, which is something Faraway doesnt really excel at. Although some verses have imaginative wordplay and beautiful imagery, for the most part this collection struck me as shallow. It didnt contribute anything new to the topics of mental health and heartbreak, and the
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Heather
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am so thankful that I was able to read this poetry collection. When I decided to start reading this I was in a weird mood kind of down in life. But, this collection made me feel like other people feel this way too and that I wasnt alone. Im a domestic violence survivor and this book was definitely encouraging! Keep up the amazing work. I loved the section separations with the birds and the fact I felt super connected the entire time I was reading. It was very easy to read and the language used ...more
Alicia Bayer
Oct 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
I've been feeling like getting back to my poetry roots lately and decided to request a few up and coming poetry books through Net Galley to get back into reading it. Poetry was one of my first loves. I majored in creative writing and studied under the amazing Nikki Finney, had over a hundred poems published in literary journals and used to do occasionally scandalous poetry readings in coffee houses and local TV back before I got busy with parenting and more boring elements of grown up life. I ...more
Jantine
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
'Sad Birds Still Sing' really contains my kind of poetry. Play with words, and tell a whole story with often but one sentence. Many of the poems are now written down in my journal, because I did want to remember them, and one or two I have already used in a roleplay setting because they perfectly worded the emotions of my character.

I really loved this collection of poems, and hope to read many more of those. It is a given, I guess, that I now also follow @farawaypoetry at instagram.

I received a
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Christine Picard
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anglais, poésie
I really do have a thing for short,  Instagram sized, spilled thoughts and this is just great. Pertinent thoughts on loss and love, going on and self love. Great great read! ...more
McKenzie Peterson
Nov 20, 2019 rated it liked it
First I would like to thank Netgalley and Central Avenue Publishing for providing an e-ARC of this collection to me. That being said all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I enjoyed Sad Birds Still Sing overall, however, I found it to be a collection that was a little superficial. This isn't a poetry collection that I am going to be praising and quoting ten years from now unfortunately. Part of it was the poetry style. I usually like to have a little more "meat" to my poetry and most of these
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Megan McCaffrey
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. All quotes here are from a published copy of the book. This review and more can be found on my blog: https://megansreviewingjourney.tumblr...

I liked Sad Birds Still Sing, especially the more descriptive pieces. In many of Faraways poetry, theres an interesting play on words. He also utilizes alliteration and rhymes often. I enjoy the subject matter he covered, from mental illness to heartbreak to abuse. I found a lot of the poems relatable.
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Jason Muckley
"Sad Birds Still Sing" by the anonymous Instagram poet Faraway (@farawaypoetry), was an inspiring collection of poetry that speaks to me going through a recent breakup. There was so much hope and promise.

Many, many lines were filled with life to try again, to never give up, to sing amidst the sadness you might find yourself in. While he speaks at lengths of feelings and love and pain, he also combats those emotions with reality. He speaks to the reality that we still have a sense of control
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Jean
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book of poetry! Some are a couple of lines, some are a couple of
pages, but all made me feel something. As soon as I finished the book, I found myself
back at the beginning reading many of them over again. I must have this book in my
hands to treasure, and what a wonderful gift to people you care about! It would make a
lovely, Christmas, or Birthday gift.

Thank you so much, NetGalley, Faraway Poetry. and the Publisher for giving me the chance
to read and review this great book
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Katie
I write because I have things to say to people who will not listen.

My second foray into poetry through advanced reader copies occurred when I decided to request Sad Birds Still Sing by Faraway, an anonymous poet. Having dealt with my fair share of darkness and depression over the years, I found myself relating to the subject matter much more than I predicted. The wording is dark and beautiful with an underlying feeling of hope just around the corner. I think I may be into poetry now.

Do not go
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Heather
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it
**I received a copy of this via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

This is a new collection of poems by the anonymous poet, Faraway, that touches upon everything from life to loss to heartbreak to fighting your own inner demons. Although, there are some heavy themes in this collection, the main thing holding it all together is an underlying message of hope. I really enjoyed these poems, and quickly flew through this in one sitting because I couldn't put it down. I found this relatable,
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Charleigh
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Id never heard of this poet - even with their large following on Instagram. I only wish I had discovered them sooner as their work is absolutely stunning.

Sad Birds Still Sing is written by anoyomous poet Faraway (@farawaypoetry). It covers topics ranging from mental illness to heartbreak to dreams and more.

Underneath it all - this book inspires hope and healing and facing things head on. Im interested to check out other works by this author as they have some serious talent with words.
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Coco Harris
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This collection of poems had a few gems woven within, but the overall rhythm of the collection felt jumbled for me. I dont know if it was a formatting issue in the kindle edition or the order the poems were placed in, but I just couldnt connect with the collection as a whole. Overall I wasnt thoroughly impressed or disappointed. A so-so collection in my opinion. ...more
Meliciousbeauty
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story written from the heart. The writing was easy to understand and the writer transformed me into her world. I could feel the sadness as well as heartbreak and hope on every page.
Everyone should care about this story. I can not recommend this book anymore!
Joy
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book got me feeling all the feels. This book was written so honestly by the author. While reading this book, you really got the feeling that the author really honestly wrote her feelings down and its amazing to read such books. I bookmarked a lot of the poems and loved most of them so deeply. ...more
Beth Pronger
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an incredible book of poems! I will definitely be looking to share these with others, and looking for more work from this author!
J.D. DeHart
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful verses fill these pages. The work is broken down into sections but feels like an immersive whole. Recommended for verse lovers.
Katie L.
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Couldnt put it down! ...more
Elle♣
Sep 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
*Thank you to the author and Netgalley for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

Prior to starting this book, I wasn't familiar with Faraway or his poetry, but I'm glad I came across it on Netgalley. It's definitely one of the better collections of poetry I've read. It wasn't anything new or special but, for what it was, it was a solid collection and it does make me want to read more of his work.
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