Love Her Wild by Atticus (2017)
Poetry | Contemporary
“Love Her Wild is a collection of new and beloved poems from Atticus, the young writer who has captured the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of avid followers on his Instagram account. In Love Her Wild, Atticus captures what is both raw and relatable about the smallest and the grandest moments in life: the first glimpse of a new love in Paris; skinny dipping on a summer’s night; the irrepressible exuberance of the female spirit; or drinking whiskey in the desert watching the rising sun. With honesty, poignancy, and romantic flair, Atticus distills the most exhilarating highs and the heartbreaking lows of life and love into a few perfectly evocative lines, ensuring that his words will become etched in your mind—and will awaken your sense of adventure.”
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I first discovered Atticus on Instagram when I kept seeing people post these short poems that would strike a chord with me. I wanted to know if it was from a book, a movie, an interview, and who was this mysterious Atticus? Whose words were they? After some quick digging I found this masked anonymous poet’s account and began to scroll through reading poem after poem after poem. Some made me smile, some made me sad, and many felt precisely like what lay hidden inside but was too hesitant to voice.
I’ve never really been much a poet personally, it was always my least favorite topic in English class. Reading the poems my teachers assigned us always felt confusing and frustrating like chewing on an overdone steak, while writing poems of my own often felt too vulnerable and personal like bearing my soul to a stranger who might care. But every once in a while I’d stumble across a poem or two that would lead me to change my mind just a smidge and admit to a secret love for words. The first were poets such as Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein, then for the classics it was Henry Wadsworth Longfellow who caught my eye, and now in this contemporary era Atticus has earned a place on my shelf as a poet able to craft words in such a way that I feel understood. They make me feel and they make me think. Much of his work comprises of very short and simple love poems, but whether he fills an entire page or chooses only a pinch of words, there is a depth behind each thought.
It’s difficult to review poetry since it is a poet’s truth and a particularly subjective medium, so instead I took a few pictures for you to enjoy of some of the poems that stood out to me in this debut collection entitled Love Her Wild.
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