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coffee days, whiskey nights is a collection of poetry, prose, and aphorisms that juxtaposes the hopefulness a brand new day can bring with the lingering thoughts that often keep us up into the late-night hours. A lot can happen between the first sip of coffee and the last taste of whiskey, and this book takes a look at the way a single day can change our outlook on everyth ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 8th 2020 by Central Avenue Publishing
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Alicia Bayer
May 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Unfortunately, my favorite parts of this new poetry book are the fantastic cover and the clever, slightly gimmicky format -- more hopeful (sometimes) morning/coffee poems on white pages on one side and sadder night/whiskey poems in white text on black on the other side.

This author and publisher are apparently from the world of Tumblr and Instagram poetry. I realize that's immensely popular right now and many people love it, but it's not my kind of poetry. I keep hoping to find a popular modern
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
It's difficult to write a review for a poetry collection. I really liked it and found some of the things talked about to be relatable. I'm not sure who to recommend this to though. I guess if you typically like poetry and maybe want/need something about anxiety or depression that has an ultimately positive message, then you should read this. ...more
Cinna Marie
Jun 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, 2020, poetry
Stars: 3/5

Thank you for a free copy in return for an honest review.

I was able to zoom through this in about 20 minutes and it really freaking hit the nail on the head about how I feel/ felt about my body. I've made a lot of improvements and rather than making me return to such a hard time, I found it somewhat reflective. I forgot where I came from. I now realise my progress and for that, and how much it touched me, I thank Parker and give the stars.

That said, occasionally I didn't understand or
Albert Moreno
Feb 09, 2021 rated it did not like it
I do feel bad giving it a low review. This is their way of expressing their emotions and who am I to judge them for that. But this is for me and how it affected me! It didn’t at all inspire me and I’m honestly glad it only took me about an hour to read. I feel bad but there’s just something about poetry now a days that just doesn’t hit the same!

And example of one of the poems in this collection:

“There are things I expected from you that you
Couldn’t give me, so now I give them to myself.”

Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It was breathtaking.
Jul 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 3-stars, poetry
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an arc in exchange for an honest review.

Anxiety, depression, alcohol use, death, eating disorders, gender dysmorphia, toxic relationships.

This collection of poetry and the way it discussed themes of hope, was beautiful.. Some of the words resonated with me deeply and I often had to put the book down just to collect my thoughts. Cyrus Parker has an eloquent way with words and the delicacy with the topics they discuss. I
Aug 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review.

This is the second book of poetry from Cyrus Parker that I have read and found it relatable and from the heart, however I didn't enjoy it as much as the first book of poems I read previous to this one.

This book is a quick read with most of the poems being very short. I loved how the book separated the poems between daytime and night time by using black pages for the night (whiskey nights) and white for the d
Muskan | The Quirky Reader
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Poetry, in its true form, is something that finds its place in your heart and stays with you for a while. This is it. This is the truest, rawest form of poetry that I’ve come across in a long time.
Fair warning: the book gets dark. Very dark. And it hits you in the gut. Hard.
The entire book shows two contradictions in one’s life; the morning coffee which brings in a brand new day and positivity and opportunity, and the late night glass of whiskey which makes you ponder over failures and remorse a
Fabulous Book Fiend
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I always love some Cyrus Parker poetry. I adored Dropkick Romance but this new collection has quickly become my favourite. I read this copy thanks to netgalley but have pre-ordered a physical copy because I love those illustrations and being able to revisit favourite poems easily. Having said that I did still get to experience the beauty of having the morning/coffee poems on white pages and night/whiskey poems in white text on black.

I also have a fondness for this collection because of the title
WTF Are You Reading?
Coffee Days, Whiskey Nights is a beautiful collection of life.
Experience, thought, utterance, and struggle.
Both lived and and not. Pondered and not. Conscious and not.
Day versus night. Friend versus foe.
Win versus loss.
In a war where one is never really sure which side is the right one.
Though there are very somber and sometimes triggering topics discussed among this book's pages.
Their treatment is one of honesty, clarity, ownership, and hope.

This is a book that allows one to see that while we ma
Jessica Haider
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, poetry, lgbtq
3.5 stars

I'll admit it...I was drawn in by the cover of this book. I love the design. I am not a big poetry reader, but I do read a handful of poetry collections each year. This new collection by non-binary poet, Cyrus Parker highlights the yin and yang of life. We see the juxtaposition of day and night; happy and sad; coffee and whiskey. On opposing pages we have 2 poems with similar themes but different moods. The poems are personal and introspective and the poet shares their experiences with
May 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
This rating reflects that this was simply not to my taste; I respect the themes and emotions that went into this collection, but the style of poetry was just not for me.
Karley Essington
Feb 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Wow I really enjoyed this book. It was unlike other poetry books I've read. I loved how the pages changed color to go along with the day/night concept. The words were inspiring. I love this author. ...more
Julia Sapphire
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was provided with this e-ARC by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

TW: This collection discusses anxiety, depression, alcohol use, death, disordered eating, gender dysphoria, and toxic relationships.

Cyrus Parker is such a talented poet who I will continue to read and support.
They have such a way with words that is beautiful yet simplistic in a sense. This collection was no different and was such a strong collection. Overall I will be picking up whatever Parker writes in the fu
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, poetry
Coffee Days Whiskey Nights has a very unique concept in that on all the pages on the left side you have the "coffee days" which typically contain the more hopeful, happy poems and the "whiskey nights" which are the more insecure, unhappy poems. I loved this way of publishing the poetry, and I really think having some kind of organizational method in a poetry collection helps readers digest the words.

Unfortunately some of this collection seemed like rambling, unorganized thoughts that weren't rel
Jul 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Cyrus Parker is a non-binary author. Thank you to Central Park Publishing for granting me a wished ARC of this poetry book.

Coffee Days and Whiskey Nights is a very interesting set of poetry. One of the things I appreciated the most about this collection is that there are trigger warnings at the beginning of the book. I am very pro-CW (or TW) in books and seeing the normalization of it is great!

This collection of poetry explores multiple topics such as gender dysphoria, alcoholism, and body issu
D Fox
Jul 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
they say a picture is worth a thousand words,
but sometimes the clearest pictures are painted by the words
that go unsaid

This is a collection of poems and prose / aphorisms and I think the title is quite self- explanatory.
It's nicely crafted.
Coffee-days poems - the more hopeful ones- are on white pages, while the darker, whiskey-nights ones -on black pages.
Not my most favorite type of poetry, more in the style of " Instagram poems" / if there's such a term at all / and it took me less than h
Julia (ten_thousand_books)
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star, arcs, poetry
I received an ARC of Coffee Days Whiskey Nights by Cyrus Parker from Netgalley and Central Avenue Publishing in exchange for an honest review.


Coffee Days, Whiskey Nights is a collection of poetry, prose, and aphorisms that juxtaposes the hopefulness a brand new day can bring with the lingering thoughts that keep us up into the late-night hours. This book takes a look at the way a single day can change our outlook on everything from relationships with others, to our relationships with o
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, netgalley
“there is so much life to be lived, but we must find the will to live it.”

It’s pretty hard to review poetry, but I’m gonna do the best I can with this one.
I don’t read poetry very often but when I do, I usually tend to enjoy them; so I’m glad requested this.

This deals with a lot of sensitive topics such as anxiety, depression, alcohol use, toxic relationships, body dysphoria and disordered eating to name a few. I thought these issues were handled well and I appreciated the content warning i
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who is a fan of emotive poetry
I definitely enjoyed this poetry much more than I originally thought I would.

Coffee Days Whiskey Nights is a collection of poetry and snippets of prose by the non-binary author Cyrus Parker. For every 'coffee day' poem, you get a matching 'whiskey night' poem. This structure is something I really liked; before opening this eARC (thank you Netgalley!) I thought I would have two maybe three sections. Coffee Days. Whiskey Nights. And some sort of conclusion. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised
Jul 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I received an advanced reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley.

This poetry collection is extremely well written. I could relate to the poems in such a deep level that it is "insane". The writing is so inspiring that it made me want to write a book myself! However, the design was a poor choice. I can't read white text in a black background and since the colours skip so often between pages, it became nearly impossible to read those poems. In terms of poetry:
meghana. s
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
Firstly, thanks to the publisher for letting me read this.
I finished this and have some thoughts:

I loved the concept and it felt like a beautiful way of depicting a rough mental health moment in a person's life. It wasn't a linear journey and there were equal moments of good and bad days and I loved that.


I think it's overall just a mediocre collection. Nothing really stood out to me and I could not tell you a single poem on it. It's a good quick read or palette cleanser but overall it di
Aug 05, 2020 rated it liked it
A compilation of poems that are divided between the "coffee days" ones and "whiskey nights" ones.
I read this in an hour or two, it was truly addictive and beautiful.
I'm not a poetry-person so I'm not used to read any kind of poetry, but this one gave me peace and a time to reflection.
Thanks NetGalley for letting me read this book.
Jun 16, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

"How much better it must feel to be nothing at all than to be everything I can't stand."

I really enjoyed the flow and the cohesiveness of the authors life and message. Dark and light. The struggle for happiness and power.

Arc provided by Netgalley for honest review.
Cheyenne Raine
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The constant pull of light and dark in this collection was perfectly balanced. I've been wanting to get my hands on this book for a while now and I am excited to re-read it and enjoy it all over again! ...more
Sydnëy Maë
Jun 11, 2020 rated it liked it
3/5 stars. I’ve always enjoyed poetry and this collection was a very insightful one. This year I have been reading more poetry than last and I’m glad I received a copy from NetGalley.
I just happened to pick it up the other day and I immediately resonated with it. It's vulnerable, relatable, and easy to understand. I don't think this is for everyone though. ...more
Katrina (trb_artly)
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Such a great collection of poems! I can imagine myself coming back again and again to this book and enjoying it all the more with each read.

You should definitely check it out too!
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
"the sun burns
When you've convinced yourself
You're not worthy of it's light."

A quick but beautiful read.
Eram Hussain
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
"I am an all-or-nothing type of person, which is to say i never love anyone or anything halfway- and i can't tell if that is halfway good or halfway bad."

"I will survive despite you."

"No matter the size of my clothes,
no matter how well they fit,
my body is the most
uncomfortable thing i wear."
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Parker Lee (formerly known as Cyrus Parker) is a non-binary poet and storyteller, as well as the author of multiple collections of poetry, including their latest, coffee days whiskey nights. Hailing from a small coastal town in New Jersey alongside wife and poetess amanda lovelace―as well as their three cats―Parker can almost always be found at home, not writing when they should be, drinking too m ...more

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