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4.39  ·  Rating details ·  389 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Savannah Brown’s long-awaited second collection of poetry is at once philosophical and accessible, just as concerned with the biggest questions of being as the smallest personal desires, which might be one and the same.

London (and occasionally the apocalypse) as a backdrop, Sweetdark explores the transience of existence, the pursuit of vulnerability, pleasure, chaos, and
Published October 8th 2020
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Meghan Hughes
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well I gobbled this guy up in a day which is how I always intend to read good poetry. That’s also a great sign & way to preface this love-filled review. This is without a doubt the best poetry collection I’ve read all year & is one of my new favorites of all time. This is easily Savannah’s best poetry work in my opinion although I loved Graffiti as well. There was just something about this collection that can’t be described in words, but I’ll try my best. Savannah has a magnificent way of intert ...more
Sam Wait
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sweetdark is as brilliant and carefully crafted as Brown's previous work, Graffiti and The Truth About Keeping Secrets. Sweetdark depicts the simplest pleasures of life alongside some of the largest philosophical questions: Will I ever stop being afraid of death? Is this as good as it gets? Can I live better than this?

Brown’s work, alongside its subject matter, has noticeably matured from her previous collection, Graffiti, which Brown released when she was just nineteen. Sweetdark is a carefully
Mar 13, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: wishlist-tbr
Haven't even READ IT and I know it'll be fantastic! Can't wait:) ...more
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
savannah brown i love you so much, thank you for the peculiarity and the sensibility of your words, thank you for the always accurate tenderness and despair of the unique emotions you choose to portray and display as if they were more than pure suffering, as if they were worthy of beauty and calm. the most intricate words embroidering themselves to each other in the most obvious yet singular ways, creating connections and renewed sounds.
Molly Knox
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Savannah Brown‘s second poetry collection presents an existential yet realistic and personal read which is a stylistic joy to all the senses. Brown’s rich writing looks its reader straight in the eye and dares them to embrace the void, as well as the chaotic beauty of ordinary life. It delivers the juxtaposition of dark and sweet that its’ title promises.

Sweetdark splits into 3 parts and explores a wide range of themes; from death and destruction, to fragile self-reflection and insecurity. Each
Apr 19, 2020 marked it as to-read
I was just going through graffiti earlier and I thought "man I really hope savannah releases a new poetry collection soon" and LITTLE DID I KNOW!!!!
I'm really looking forward to this one!
Toni 🌸
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Savannah Brown has always intrigued me and I’m constantly blown away by her mind and her writing. Sweetdark showcases the things that make Savannah shine beautiful and morbid things. Her vocabulary never ceases to amaze me and this collection of poems cleverly and powerfully explores the mundane and the powerful. It captures the sweet and dark parts of being alive, specifically our deepest existential fears.

There’s a lot I could highlight in the book, but these are the two lines which resonated
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, english
I once compared poetry to visiting a castle and imagining how people lived back in the day. I made up countless stories walking there, but none of us will never know how people back then truly lived. To me Savannah Brown’s Graffiti and other poems was the exception to this.

Sweetdark feels like visiting a museum with headphones on. Some of the art is easy to understand, to identify with. To recognize what it must feel like to be human and how we all carry our inner sadness. Savannah Brown puts it
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Pretty gosh darn amazing.

Savannah Brown once tweeted "i want to f*** the end of the world" and if that intrigues you this is the poetry collection for you!!

Just... so ethereal and weird and beautiful.... I don't know how to articulate my thoughts... just read it okay then you will understand....

Some personal faves: view including cable cars (I actually gasped out loud... at a poem... pure witchcraft), too hostile too ticking (i need to never/ be touched again. i need every human body sta
Lucy Apple
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“i’ll let this life spread me out like a sky”

this collection was so breathtaking and felt so relevant to this strange limbo esque time we’re currently living in. also with the current political climate it truly just feels like looking into the face of impending doom and sweetdark is the perfect accompaniment for doing so. i’ve been a fan of savannah brown for 5 ish years now and it’s been so amazing to watch her grow as a poet and find her voice. this book discusses such heavy topics that are ha
Rhiley Jade
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Wow. WOW.
Oct 07, 2020 marked it as to-read
TBRed after hearing the author read this lovely poem on the youtubes. ...more
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Savannah Brown has always had such a way with words. Maybe it's because English isn't my native language, but I've had this fascination with how she strings sentences together to create something so raw and real (even if I don't always fully understand it) for quite a few years now, so it's always a delight to get to read (or listen to - I did both!) new poetry from her. With a more existential tone, Sweetdark paints a picture of the good (sweet) and the hard (dark) parts of being alive, knowing ...more
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed "Graffiti", the author's first poetry collection, so of course I had to pick up this one as well - granted, the style is a little different from "Graffiti", but you can clearly see her writing has gotten even better - and this second poetry collection had a certain fresh, crisp feel to it, I can't describe it any differently.
I ended up really liking "Sweetdark" as well - there were poems that didn't resonate with me that much, sure, but there were also poems I felt in my very b
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After listening to her poetry on YouTube for months, maybe years, this was the first poetry collection of Sav's that I picked up - and it did not disappoint. Reading this was an entire journey - the poetry was somehow so easy to visualise in my head, and I related to so much of what was written, the tiny little things around us every day that we don't notice most of the time but by god, they're beautiful, and the philosophical/existential side of it as well, the love, the pain, it just felt like ...more
Rebecca Bowen
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reads
I am not a girl who vibes with most poetry
But savannah brown? Her words are music; they fill me to the brim and make me feel various emotions. I think and imagine and visualize myself living a second Life when I read her poetry. This collection seems much more mature than graffiti: I read the latter when I was 17, and now, as a twenty year old living in a pandemic, going through a crisis typical of this age, I feel like sweet dark is what I needed. It captures the confusion, the void , the anxie
Miranda Hale
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: after-college, 2020
There is so much brilliance in Sweetdark. As a collection, I loved how skillfully balanced it was, ensuring much was to be gained from appreciating the work as a whole. Within each poem, I loved the moods that were so vividly set and the layers felt in every concept presented. I have long appreciated Savannah Brown's particular way with words and look forward to revisiting the poems in Sweetdark often. ...more
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
i just love savannah’s writing. can’t believe she’s been in my life through youtube and her poems and now her books for so so long!
Jessica Robinson
I appreciated and enjoyed the poetry, however none of it resonated with me unfortunately.
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, 2020
and yes, i can imagine the trill when the whip of wind cracked past their necks, when the promised pain just missed, but i still have a gnawing sort of pity for any other creature who darts toward the first shrouded wonder moving in the dark, who throws its whole self at hunger without fear of breaking teeth

lovely little collection from savannah brown. it’s easy to see her maturity from graffiti to sweetdark. she’s just getting better with time. i particularly loved the use of commas througho
Randall Walden
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
99% of poetry is god awful. Savanna Brown delivers to us something good, something that evokes actual thought from outside the coloring book, she relives of the mundane way of writing and thinking. Her voice is more than heard, like the greats before her, it’s felt from the parts of you held tight under the shelter. It’s really fucking great work! Highly recommend. A new line has been drawn
Konstantinos Pappis
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I wrote an essay about existential wonder in Savannah Brown's 'Sweetdark' for Our Culture. Here's an excerpt:

Rather than wallowing in a nihilistic pit of despair, Sweetdark opts for a more comprehensive approach, drawing on the whole spectrum of human emotion to probe the endless contradictions that can be found within it. The dichotomy in its title suggests not so much an oscillation between two not-quite-opposites but the simultaneous existence of both, and the poems here evoke a kind of inte
Patrick Sproull
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
god, i'm increasingly agape at just how *good* savannah brown is. i loved 'graffiti' to bits and thought her first foray into fiction, 'the truth about keeping secrets' (a superb, introspective, atmospheric thriller that offers no easy answers) was excellent. but sweetdark ! wow ! sweetdark is like the gorgeous love child of sav's earlier work; deeply romantic, unflinchingly personal and filled with intelligent imagery. poetry collections can be very hit and miss in terms of working as a cohesiv ...more
Nov 09, 2020 rated it liked it
I find it really difficult to judge poetry. I connected more with her first poetry collection because I was unable to understand a lot of the poems in this one. That may have to do with the fact that English is my third language or that her writing has become less accessible. Either way, I still like a lot of Brown's poetry and writing. ...more
EternallyYA Reading
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This copy was kindly sent to me for reviewing. I am so honored to review a book for one of my role models and such a successful poet. Sweetdark includes many poems and is split in 3 parts. The meaning of the title and the overall collection is the happiness within the sadness and the sadness within the happiness. It’s a sweet, bitter darkness.

When I first opened the book, what surprised me were the metaphors and extremely precise selection of words in each and every poem. It was a maze, confusi
Nov 30, 2020 rated it liked it
"Because we will someday ache for any regular Sunday in June, where the sun was a sure thing and there was not a single indication that the cosmos would one day shut your eyes..."

Such beautiful writing. It's a shame I didn't connect with it that well.

Savannah Brown's expansive collection of poetry 'Sweetdark' is an elegy to love and human relationships alike. It brims with real fascinations and reflections of the notions of human existence, the sense and eventual end of oneself, and fate and des
Christopher Latin
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Unlike every other poetry book I have read I could not read this in one sitting, there was something heavier about the author’s style. Regardless, what I can say is this: Savannah Brown beckons us into a world too transient, a world that can make us “difficult/ to touch without an exit plan” and it is here, in this space that we are weighed down with language; it is here, in this mundane space made mundane miracle that we are given poems about an ending that feels almost tangible and yet, Brown ...more
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It really is an entirely different thing to read poetry. It's the first poetry book I've ever finished reading. When I say it's an entirely different thing, it's usually because I prefer to watch it performed/read. But this one. Each poem I finish reading, I am in deep deep silence in my head. The turns are so subtle and yet poignant with intentionality. I remember Miss Savannah's tweet at one point i think she said something like 'you can read a poem and not know at all what it meant intimately ...more
Lottie 🧚🏻
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 5 Stars

A notable evolution from her prior poetry collection ‘Graffiti’, Savannah Brown’s ‘Sweetdark’ is a haunting yet glorious celebration of existence itself. Revelling in all of life’s intricacies, contradictions, violence, and simultaneous beauty, she explores both our connection with the Earth, and to those creatures whom we share it with. In a vain attempt to compose a small list of my personal favourites, I simply find the list running on interminably, for each offers a profound i
Lydia Hughes
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Profound, cosmic, thought provoking. The way her words dance together is aesthetically stunning, and they’re so carefully selected that you feel like she’s speaking directly to your experience. Quintessentially human. Asks the big questions through such an intimate lens that the poems feel massive and minute all at once. Truly stunning. A book I’ll definitely dip back into, time and again, throughout different chapters of my life. So many quotes that have stuck into the little crevices of my bra ...more
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Savannah Brown is an American poet and novelist born in 1996. A spoken word poem about self-acceptance catapulted her into the public eye at the age of 17. After, she moved to London, where she self-published her debut poetry collection Graffiti. Since then, her poetry has amassed more than ten million views online and has taken her worldwide to perform. Her first novel, The Truth About Keeping Se ...more

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“chaos wants for no one but i was released, and for a time, survived.” 1 likes
“after the yellow hours offer their timid
ought-to's we invent a new twisted
collection of sounds that fold themselves
into the wooden nooks, different words
for the same shriek:
we were here, so far from death.”
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