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A story of living, imagery from bursts of color and feelings, and hallucinations of our imagination. Written by spoken word poet, podcaster, and Stranger Things star Dacre Montgomery, comes his debut collection of poetry DKMH

Since its release as a small mixed-media podcast, DKMH has topped charts all over the internet. Written and produced by Stranger Things star Dacre M
Kindle Edition, 144 pages
Published October 27th 2020 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
You know what?

If the book continued with the good writing with proper lines, description and expression as in the first few pages, it would have worked out like perfection. I really, really love the first few pages before the actual poetry and sketch contents started.

Well, the sketches (are those doodles?!) just didn't work for me. Nor do they seem like they expressed anything. They seem incomplete and yes, totally irrelevant.

And no, the poetry lines did not do much for me. I could totally conn
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In the beginning of the collection there is an introduction piece, and man do I wish the rest of it would be in the same style. That introduction was amazing. I could relate to every line, in each confession I recognized myself. I don't even remember when was the last time that something effected me so deeply. So it was especially disappointing that the rest of this collection did not compare. The poems were disjointed and did not make much sense. I don't remember even one that impacted me, unfo ...more
Jales ☾
Nov 17, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
'he he he - i did laugh at he.'
Katja (Life and Other Disasters)
I really enjoyed the opening section. It was a way to get to know Dacre on a different level and to realise what this collection of poems means to him. The recommended music section was also something I was really happy about as I'm always looking forward to discovering new (at least to me) artists.

Now, when it came to the actual poems, that's where I struggled a bit. I found very few that I could truly connect with. I'm sure they are all very personal, but sometimes to a point where you, as th
Sep 30, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sadly, this poetry collection was not for me. I'm a big fan of Dacre Montgomery's acting in Stranger Things but I found out that I am not a big fan of his poetry. The poems did not really make sense to me because it felt like random words were being strung together. Where the poems should've been deep and meaningful, I only found them very confusing.

Even though I did not enjoy the poetry, I did connect with the book's introduction wherein Darce Montgomery talks about his mental health issues. H
Pretty Bibliophile
I went in with great expectations knowing about Montgomery's intense visual allusion in his works on other media. And the introduction was a sure hit - very insightful and seemed to lay the stage for the greatness that could possibly ensue. While his works were a good enough effort, there was something missing. It had an overall, wonderful appeal for the scope of the imagination but somehow fell short. This is however a good foundation and there is a possibility that it will improve in his comin ...more
Not my cup of tea. None of the poems really struck with me, found a lot of the repetitiveness and the rhyme unnecessary. Some were plain confusing or just boring.

Best wishes for Dacre's poetry career!
Thanks to NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars

The first few pages were amazing and I was hoping it would continue that way, it didn't. It was still okay but I didn't discover new favorites. The illustrations didn't match the poems but I still liked the simplicity of them.

Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with this ARC.
Sydnëy Maë
3.5/5 stars.
I've never been a fan of poetry but liked the idea of listening to the author reading his own poems.
But I'm not sure if this was one long poem or it just went from one poem to the next, so maybe reading a poetry book myself would be better.
I did like the voice of the author for the narration, but I would need to read the poems to be able to say more about them.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
Joanna Burr
I really wanted to like this because I love Dacre Montgomery. The best thing about it was the narration of the audiobook. He has a great voice.

The poetry just wasn't what I'm used to reading. I'm an English teacher, and I am willing to give all poetry a try. But this, at times, seemed forced. It doesn't bother me that it's about mental illness. Sylvia Plath is one of my absolute favorites. There are some lines that are great! But the momentum doesn't carry throughout. I hope Montgomery will con
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
TW: Discussions on mental health (depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD)

As always, I'll start with my first impressions. I requested to read this book on NetGalley because I LOVED the cover art. It's very simple and stunning; just the kind I like and look for when reading poetry. The title intrigued me, as I didn't know what it was referencing. Then I noticed the author...and FREAKED OUT! I didn't realize that Dacre Montgomery (an actor most well know for playing Billy in Stranger Things--
Library of Romance
Dacre Montgomery - DKMH

A poetry collection by Dacre Montgomery. DKMH features 59 poems ranging from one sentence to short, staccato poems. The collection is separated into 4 themes. These include Fear (14), Love (23), Anxiety (15) and Spirit (7). The introduction was like reading a new side to this actor who is known for his role in Stranger Things. I appreciated the simplistic line drawing of the human form and the basic structure of this book. The doodles were illustrated by Sam Corlett. I enj
Louis C
Oct 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star-books
Thank you to Andrews McMeel Publishing and Netgalley for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

TW: Discussions on mental health (depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD)


DKMH is a collection of poems written by Dacre Montgomery. The collection is separated in four themes, fear, love, anxiety and spirit, which each a selection of poems that fit that theme. Throughout the book, you also find simple illustrations that kind of have to do with the t
Caitlin 🍅Tomato Queen🍅 Theroux

This is a debut. Clearly the writing has just began for Montgomery. I don’t think it’s quite fair to be harsh on a debut author who has no professional or educational background in writing. This is the first poetry collection in a writer’s professional portfolio, so here’s my thoughts with that in mind.

Clearly via the Introduction we can Montgomery has talent with prose. The problem lag when we get into the poetry. Some word choices are a little immature (like the rhubarb crumble b
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anxiety, depression, ocd
My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog!          

Thank you to Andrews McMeel Publishing for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review.   

It's a rare occasion when I willingly read poetry. Sorry, but I was the girl in high school who would groan when we got to the poetry section of the class and never understood what they were talking about. However, what Dacre does with these sets of poems is more than just words. What he's written speaks to the inner battles a perso
If only the whole collection was as well written as the introductions, this would have been a 5 star collection. I truly enjoyed listening to the poetry, as this was an audiobook, more than I would have enjoyed reading it, especially with the poet as the narrator. Listening to the poet read his words made the works more meaningful, they were read as they were meant to be read, therefore as the reader we are able to hear the poems as Dacre intended them to be heard. This collection touches on the ...more
Michelle Clement
This is a collection of short, staccato poems about being lost and finding. They’re prefaced as the harnessed energy of softness and anxiety: a bouncing of negative energy back into light. Bipolar, emotionally-intense seismic shifts from feelings high to low. At times they’re visceral: you can feel some parts of these poems on your skin. Poetry is so personal, and they’re a bit concrete and rhyme too often for my taste - but there’s something in the rhythmic quality of them: you can hear verses ...more
Jessica Cunningham
As I imagine you might see in other reviews, the introduction to this book, where Montgomery is simply speaking, might actually be the most interesting piece in this book. He has a way of speaking that feels friendly and personal.

However, I think it’s a mistake to discount the poetry itself. I am very much reminded of beatnik artists, dabbling in a variety of mediums. Even if you discover one is not your favourite, you miss part of the experience if you don’t embrace it as a whole.

While I coul
Thanks to Andrews McMeel Publishing for the DRC!

I was very surprised when I first heard about this book. I didn't know Dacre Montgomery wrote poetry. I didn't know about his podcast. Being completely honest, I only knew him from Stranger Things. He was great on the show, so I was curious to see his work as a writer.

I thought I knew Dacre Montgomery. Now, let me tell you: I have no idea who he is. His poems are so personal, so deep... He's definitely not just a pretty face. He shares some though
Nicki White
I tried to enjoy it in both audio and ebook but after the first few pages it became like a game. The game where a person says a word and the next person quickly response with a word, this game can continue until you decide to stop.

Although after I wrote that maybe that was the idea. Early on in the collection it is noted that the author suffers from bi polarism and if that was the intention to capture the internal battle then it was done well. But if that wasn’t the intention then it’s reads an
Pamela Scott
#ARC from the publisher via #NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed


If I’d known who the poet was, I might have been reluctant to read this collection. Thankfully, ignorance is bliss and I went into this with zero expectations. I enjoyed this poetry collection. There is a long introduction section with a playlist which I skipped over and don’t feel was needed. I just wanted to read the poems. DKMH contains about half a dozen long poems broken into smaller chunk
This small book of verse by the Stranger Things actor may appeal to fans of the show moreso than poetry fans. While it's well-read and enjoyable to listen to, the rhyming structure is forced and the effort somewhat sophomoric, sounding more like song lyrics with a straightforward repetitive style. The actor's introductory essay is perhaps more insightful than the verse, but it will be interesting to see where he can go from here if he continues to publish his writing. Montgomery should not be di ...more
This small book of verse by the Stranger Things actor may appeal to fans of the show moreso than poetry fans. While it's well-read and enjoyable to listen to, the rhyming structure is forced and the effort somewhat sophomoric, sounding more like song lyrics with a straightforward repetitive style. The actor's introductory essay is perhaps more insightful than the verse, but it will be interesting to see where he can go from here if he continues to publish his writing. Montgomery should not be di ...more
Fatima Anwar
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful collection of relatable and intimate poems and poetries. Each poem in this book is unique and original. The book is divided into four parts: Fear, Love, Anxiety and Spirit, each expressing a different part of herself. I found the illustrations in between the pages intriguing and they give a new perspective to the readers. The poetries contains analogy and metaphors throughout the pages. The poems are empowering and full of emotions.
The cover is interesting and piques the interest of
Carla Alonso
I voluntarily read and reviewed of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. Thank you NetGalley.

I started with great expectations of this book, it’s sad to admit that it wasn’t memorable. The introduction makes you expect more from the book that it actually is. Most poems didn’t make more sense or felt like most rhymes unnecessary. I really do appreciate his work as an actor and how open he is to write his point of view but this wasn’t for me. I do appreciate poetry for mental health.
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dude is writing from his heart and I dig it. I often find poetry unyieldingly pretentious but I didn’t feel that here. I could relate to a lot of what he was sharing and I appreciate his candidness about his mental health issues. Grateful to him for his part of ending the stigma.

Hearing him read his poetry - rather then me hearing my own voice read it in my head - was touching and hypnotic.

Thank you to Dacre Montgomery, Andrews McMeel Audio, and #NetGallery for an AudioARC of #DKMH in exchange
Dec 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
As a fan of Dacre's acting, I really wanted to love this. And I did love parts of it! The intro about his mental health, his accompanying playlist, and the poem titled Love really stood out to me. While I didn't dislike the collection, I just felt the majority of it didn't strike me on a personal level. I did appreciate the depth to which I could feel his emotions behind each word, and it was really enjoyable to hear him read his own work aloud. I am definitely interested to read his future writ ...more
Books by Kimi
The introduction was the best part - and that's kind of sad. I wish the entire book was written with these kinds of deep and honest words but it's not. The rest of the book, the poem collection itself, is very random and repetitive. The drawings are nice but I enjoyed them more than the content which just shouldn't be the case.

Sidenote: Montgomery is a fierce Billy tho, I look forward to seeing more of his acting!
Oct 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
I like poetry and I also like Dacre Montgomery, so this seemed like a great read. The title stands for the author’s initials and it started off amazingly and the introduction was wonderful. In it the author depicts what poetry means to him, his background and inspiration. There is also a playlist in the beginning and I liked that it included a small description about why a certain song was chosen for it. Afterwards I was sure I’m going to love this poetry collection, but that is not entirely the ...more
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