Title: We Were Young
Author: Fortesa Latifi
Genre: Poetry, Nonfiction
Date Published: September of 2015
Publisher: Where Are You Press
Synopsis (through Goodreads):
This is the second book by Fortesa Latifi.
In her sophomore collection of poetry, Fortesa revisits themes from past writings with a new maturity. We Were Young explores the heartbreaks, hangovers, and hang ups associated with growing up.
Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2 of 5)
I enjoy poetry books in most cases. I love the rawness, the simplicity of how a writer can just pour out his/her heart out on it. It seems like a simple channel of creativity but at the same time a complex one, as well. I feel like poems is such a very close thing to the heart. That’s why I felt a little down upon reading We Were Young. I wanted to like it but half the time I was just reading it–not feeling the words. I couldn’t find any connection with what is in the written word…and I felt like I was doing something wrong or perhaps I might have been distracted? I don’t understand how half the time I was just there, not really understanding what’s happening. I’m not sure if this was a fault of mine upon reading, I mean, I might not have been the general demographic that this work has been going for?
As I have said, I think poems are incredibly personal. And I think I understand that it may be possible that I didn’t really identify myself into the poems in the book simply because they were too personal, or that I lack the chance to have been in the shoes of the author in a certain point of time. It’s not bad poetry per se, I’ll tell you that, I can see the talent on Latifi’s writing; the sheer reason why I gave it a 2-star rating was because I couldn’t find it in me to have an attachment to the message of the poems. Because, to be honest with you, THAT’S what I look for when I pick up a poetry book–the sense where I feel the words are moving me emotionally.
*Cover image and Synopsis via Goodreads