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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Review: I Wrote This For You and Only You by pleasefindthis

I first discovered Iain Thomas (pleasefindthis) from a friend of mine who loves poems, and I was surprised and happy that there was more to look forward to with this book. Now that I've read this, the words just reminded me of why I'm starting to love poetry. I am equally delighted and stunned with the myriad of emotions this book held and presented to the readers.

Title: I Wrote This For You and Only You by pleasefindthis (Author), Jon Ellis (Photographer)
Release Date: March 1st 2015
Published by: Central Avenue Publishing
Source: Publisher (Thanks Michelle!)
Buy: Amazon | Book Depository


"I need you to understand something. I wrote this for you. I wrote this for you and only you. Everyone else who reads it, doesn't get it."

Replete with the most recent and original entries, this third book based on the I Wrote This For You project continues the exploration of hauntingly beautiful words, photography and emotion that’s unique to each person that reads it.

Poetry is powerful. How a few, carefully chosen words form beautiful, complete thoughts attempting to convey a thousand and one feelings to the reader. Various interpretations can be drawn from it, but the feeling stays. That's what makes this book so fascinating. Where I Wrote This For You hooks your heart and wraps it around a complicated series of emotions, I Wrote This For You and Only You felt more thoughtful, more mature, and more encompassing, with the familiar hard hitting feelings coursing through each poem. There is at least one poem that is bound to speak to you a lot deeper than the rest, where you will feel like that particular poem, that particular group of words were strung together for you, and only you.

The combination of words and photos is a one of a kind experience where you will think "why this particular photo?" "how does this fit the words the author has written?" and you do not just interpret the words, you also look at the photographs and think just what kind of message it might also convey, given the words that follow after it. Does the photo capture the essence of the words or does the words describe what message the photo aims to get across?

It's like a journey through life, through heartaches, falling in love, being let down by that love, moving on, learning through living, of people you meet, friendships, the ghosts of the past and what haunts us, of moving on, dreaming and hoping. Wise words. Advices. A little bit of everything. It's a book filled of poetry and yet there's so much to read. It's just a beautiful thing to read.

It's not so much as what words were used, it's the tone, like it's just speaking to you and telling you something, and you, as a reader, cannot help but respond. Not many big words were needed nor used and yet the impact was there, sustained, embedded in each poem. Kudos for another wonderful compilation of words and emotions, Iain Thomas.

My rating:

Content (plot, story flow, character):
This. Is. Amazing.

The most memorable (part of a) poem of all, for me is this:

You're wrong. The question is not "How many times can your heart be broken?" The question is, "How many times can it heal?" #feels

A few favorites of mine, which might say a lot about what type of poems I like: The Nature of Science, The Soft Crackle, The Pictures from the Camera we Threw Away, The Heart Outgrows the Chest, The Image Repeated Over and Over, The Removal of Me, The Language Breaks, The Nerve Endings Shatter Like Glass, The Efficiency and Perfection of the Lost, The Dark Words You Walk Down at Night, The Heart Cannot be Discounted, The Train Hit Me and I Didn't Feel It, The Missing Bread Crumbs, The Correct and Proper Way To Feel, The Breaking of People and The Light That Shines When Things End.

Stunning: Worthy of a Goddess' Praise!

Book Cover:
Very simple, I like it!


  1. I've been looking for poetry books since last year. They are so hard to find. But it seems you have found one and I'm quite interested with this book. :) Thanks for the review!

    1. We don't have physical copies of his book here, so your best bet is to order online if you really want a copy. That's what I'm gonna do! :)

  2. This sounds like a beautiful book. I haven't read much poetry, even though I like it. The combination with photos also seems to be a great addition.


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