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I Danced with Sorrow is a collection of short verse poetry detailing the journey of one girl as she struggles to come to terms with what she has endured. It is split into five sections. Each is centred on a different aspect of her life, tackling various topics such as heartbreak, abuse, and finding liberation through creativity. Some of the main themes included are, love, ...more
Kindle Edition, 140 pages
Published September 20th 2017 (first published September 17th 2017)
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Alicia Wright
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
As I can't edit the description, I thought I would put this here:

TW: abuse, death, low self-esteem, body negativity, sexual imagery, poor mental health.
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
I was very kindly provided with a copy of I Danced with Sorrow by the author in exchange for a honest review

{4.5 stars}

"I danced with sorrow.
Then, when it was time,
I grabbed sorrow by the hand
and lured it into the ink of my pen"


So, I find it quite hard to review poetry. You can't assess characterisation, worldbuilding and progression of narrative in the way you can with fiction. But regardless, I Danced with Sorrow was really quite a lovely read. Short, undeniably sad in sections, but writ
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☽ MaryJane ✨
I was given an copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way impacted my review.

"What good is your crown
If it’s made of thorns
And carries the weight of your guilt?”


Rating and reviewing books of poems is always a bit difficult for me. Mainly because it is so clear when the author pours so much of their heart into their work, and also because a large part of the enjoyment of these books is based on how much I personally related with the content.

That
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Stephanie
The author very kindly provided me with a digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

I Danced with Sorrow is a beautiful, honest and raw (of the so called) modern poetry collection with both shorter and longer poems. (With the word "beautiful" I don't mean to romanticize the heavy topics this book deals with, but that the authors way of expressing words are at times beautiful, especially towards the end in the part "closure".) It also contains some lovely illustrations and the book in general
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Andreea Daniela
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of “I Danced with Sorrow” from the author in exchange for an honest review. However this will not influence my opinion on the book in any way.

“I Danced with Sorrow” is a collection of strong and beautifully written poems with topics that vary around the themes of “love, life, death, hope, loss, and the rebuilding of self” as mentioned in the synopsis. The book is beautifully written, portraying strong stages of emotions that capture the reader’s attention as the author plays wi
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Angharad (Two Book Thieves)
*I was sent a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
It goes without saying that I'm not the BIGGEST fan of poetry, neither have I explored the world of it very much. My favourite poetry collection is Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur and Salt by Nayyirah Waheed and I Danced with Sorrow is very reminiscent of these two books. I Danced With Sorrow is a collection of short verse poetry split into five sections that explore heartbreak, abuse and finally, liberation. I have to say that
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Sarah Taphom
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all, the COVER is absolutely one of the best ones I've ever seen. It's not as minimalist as I'm used to with this style of book, but its gorgeous and I love it so much.

I remember going into this without any expectations and was blown away anyway. I posted a lot of my favorite pages on Snapchat (which was so much that I stopped because I didn't want to spam), so you get the idea. The poems are raw, hard hitting, eloquent, and portray things I can't even put into words nearly as well as s
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Melissa Jennings
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My previous review was redacted as I'm transferring my reviews onto my personal GR account - Melissa (thebookishpoet).
Andrea
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
I really enjoyed reading this anthology of poetry - I love poetry and used to write poetry often, but I found that I struggled with it a little too much. Due to this, I live vicariously through those who publish these books.

That being said, I came across a few mistakes grammar-wise and spelling mistakes, but when you self-publish, this is bound to happen. I don’t believe it really took away from the purpose of the anthology, but it was obvious enough for me to notice and stumble when I came to p
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Georgi_Lvs_Books
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Some beautiful poems.
Samthefangirl
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“I danced with sorrows.
Then, when it was time,
I grabbed sorrows by the hand
And lured it into the ink of my pen.”

I danced with Sorrow is the most breathtaking poetry collection I have ever read. Although this collection is so personal to the author, still I found ways to relate and connect to each poem. I found the messages behind the collection as a whole was utterly inspiring to me as a young aspiring author and as a young woman going through life and all the insecurities that come with it.
I
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Pumpkinreader
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"If I close my eyes, I can see it now:
hazel beams encased our fortress of solitude
as we sat, backs pressed against magnolia walls.
Rays of sunlight filtered in above our heads,
and leap on dust.
This was where we came to bask
in the presence of the other."

I like this one 😍
Lovisa
Oct 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely poetry collection
Ioana Maria
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy from the author for an honest review but this does not influence my opinion.
„I Danced with Sorrow” is a beautiful collection of poetry that I recommend with all my heart. The poems are flowy and diverse enough that everyone can relate to. The themes vary, from love to heart-break and loneliness, to everyday life. I love the way the author portrays the emotions so strongly and beautiful that you can’t help but be caught in them like in a river. Her play with words is amazing, ha
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Chloe
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Actual rating: 4.5 stars. Full review: http://chloemuses.wordpress.com/2017...
Fariha Khayyam
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

I Danced with Sorrow handles topic that are barely whispered in today's societies and kept behind closed doors. Alicia portrays it beautifully in this collection of her poems.

The collection completes a journey of girl who was suffering and then finds retribution through writing.

While I flew through the book, the feeling still lingers.

My Rating: 4/5

**I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review**
Lucie
I was kindly sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

It's always hard to review poetry. It's not like a novel in which you have a plot, characters or even world-building. Here you have to judge poems, which makes it difficult because they all talk about life experience.
To me, reading poetry means connecting to what the author says. To what the author has experienced. Because modern poetry is mostly about that: an author explaining something that happened to them.

“Youth is a c
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Phoebe
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully well written, unique, and different. Authentic and raw, and truly inspiring. In love!
Saga
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got sent a PDF copy by the author for a review. Content warning: abuse, death, low self-esteem, body negativity, sexual imagery & poor mental health

I'm not going to lie, I've never been a huge fan of poetry. Well, to be fair, I never really gave it a chance. But when I saw that Alicia was looking for people to read her book I thought "I might as well give it a chance, the worst that can happen is that I don't finish the book."

What happened was that I was completely blown away. I found that
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Amanda C.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
There are some beautiful lines in this poetry collection. The book certainly depicts a personal journey and therefore at times I got a bit lost when reading but there are still poems that are relatable. I love that the poetry collection was so narrative, and the collection almost followed a plot in a manner of speaking. It is as if the parts could be shortened into the bending, the breaking, and the freeing/healing! I also adored the little illustrations along the way during the book! As for tri ...more
Natalie  Johnson
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very lovely! I was so surprised when I found out the author was 20. She is super talented and I imagine she will have a bright future in writing.
Dawn
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
A very deep and emotional book. It was very thought provoking. I'm not sure it is the sort of book I would regularly go back to but it definitely interesting.
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Alicia Wright is an author and poet originally from the West Midlands. She published her debut collection of poetry, 'I Danced with Sorrow' at the age of twenty, and is currently working on her next poetry collection.

Alicia resides in the South of England
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