I followed Madisen Kuhn, the author of this great book of poetry, because I thought her life was beautiful. She herself was beautiful, but moreso than that her life was beautiful. It seemed to be full of beautiful scenery, beautiful nights, well-planned outfits, and an idyllic little apartment in California. Instagram, of course, is a carefully curated universe, and as time went on Madisen was more and more open about how her life was not as beautiful, peaceful and lovely as I believed it was, and that it was in fact full of hardships, struggles with mental illness, and less than perfect moments. But knowing that only made her life more beautiful to me because it was authentic, and she always sought to cultivate a message of hope and positivity, not only in her own life, but in the lives of her followers. So when she released her second book of poetry, Please Don't Go Before I Get Better, I snatched it up the second I saw it on the shelves of target, and I was not disappointed.
Poetry always seeks to unite people through shared feelings or experiences. It seeks to convey emotions to connect readers from all over under the idea that they have all at one point felt the same way. Madisen's latest poetry book does exactly that. She is able to pen the perfect image of what life is like for young people who are standing on the verge of something great, of something more, and are freaking out just a little bit. She writes about living in the present, remembering the past, feeling everything and nothing. She chronicles the ever changing concept of love, and how you can write poetry about how someone has hurt you, destroyed you, and then go on and write about how much you love them. Following her on instagram for as long as I have added to the experience, because I began to see the photographs line up. I saw the house in California and the boy she writes so much about and the lavender soap and the dogs. She captures existence in its entirety, from the big moments, like feeling broken and unloved, to the small moments, like doing madlibs in the backseat of your parents car.
This is the perfect poetry book for those who feel alone in their struggles with mental health and understanding themselves and their lives in general. Its not full of life changing advice, but it is important in that it will make you feel less alone, and will greatly aide you on the path to unearthing and working through your more difficult feelings.
Madisen has lived a very interesting life. Its evident in her poems and the stories they tell. The poems themselves are very reminiscent of Milk and Honey but the works where she simply writes, in big paragraphs not stanzas, is where her unique voice as a poet really shines through. While the whole work was enjoyable, I enjoyed those pieces the best. I felt they conveyed the most authentic feelings and offered the most straightforward and insightful perspective on life.
Her book can be found on Amazon and at Target, as well as other random places around the united states. Get your hands on it as soon as possible.
In partnership with the book, Madisen also started an instagram movement, called #ahandmovement, where readers would share a picture similar to the one on the cover of her book and share their story, whatever that means for them. I took part in this on our instagram account, and I encourage you to check the post out and get involved with the movement as well. Its important that we end the stigma around mental illness and work together to support and love one another so that nobody will have to feel alone.
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