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In short, powerful verses, Alexandra Elle shares a hard-won message of hope. Alexandra Elle writes frankly about her experience as a young, single mother while she celebrates her triumph over adversity and promotes resilience and self-care in her readers. This book of all-new poems from the beloved author of Words From A Wanderer and Love In My Language is a quotable compan In short, powerful verses, Alexandra Elle shares a hard-won message of hope. Alexandra Elle writes frankly about her experience as a young, single mother while she celebrates her triumph over adversity and promotes resilience and self-care in her readers. This book of all-new poems from the beloved author of Words From A Wanderer and Love In My Language is a quotable companion on the road to healing.  


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In short, powerful verses, Alexandra Elle shares a hard-won message of hope. Alexandra Elle writes frankly about her experience as a young, single mother while she celebrates her triumph over adversity and promotes resilience and self-care in her readers. This book of all-new poems from the beloved author of Words From A Wanderer and Love In My Language is a quotable compan In short, powerful verses, Alexandra Elle shares a hard-won message of hope. Alexandra Elle writes frankly about her experience as a young, single mother while she celebrates her triumph over adversity and promotes resilience and self-care in her readers. This book of all-new poems from the beloved author of Words From A Wanderer and Love In My Language is a quotable companion on the road to healing.  

30 review for Neon Soul: A Collection of Poetry and Prose

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Truly a celebration of wholeness and the good health that is gained by wisdom, knowledge and contentment. “Neon Soul: A Collection of Poetry and Prose” is the third book written by Alexandra Elle. Elle’s books: “Love In My Language” (2014) and “Words From A Wanderer” (2013) were well received, she lives in Washington D.C. with her husband and daughter. Although Elle’s husband and daughter are mentioned slightly in passing, she fondly recalls her Nana in “hands”. Nana, who combed her “thick cotton Truly a celebration of wholeness and the good health that is gained by wisdom, knowledge and contentment. “Neon Soul: A Collection of Poetry and Prose” is the third book written by Alexandra Elle. Elle’s books: “Love In My Language” (2014) and “Words From A Wanderer” (2013) were well received, she lives in Washington D.C. with her husband and daughter. Although Elle’s husband and daughter are mentioned slightly in passing, she fondly recalls her Nana in “hands”. Nana, who combed her “thick cottony hair”with gentle loving kindness, framing a “mountain of hair”—part. grease. brush. braid. Otherwise, a dark incident that likely occurred in her childhood is only hinted, and not detailed. Elle writes in her introduction, that the dark windows and doors related to pain and suffering, and traumatic experience, weren't allowed to find a “resting place” within her spirit. It is true that excessively thinking about negative life experiences may be linked to depression. Elle certainly rise’s with strength and firm resolve above all negativity. The focus of this magnificent volume is about enrichment and nourishment of the female spirit. With titled poems: “boundaries” is the voice of wisdom and self-acceptance. - “self-forgiveness” asks if “you” can forgive yourself for what you didn’t do? -“all” some will love your art, others will not. Both dynamics represent the balance of light and dark. So many of the poems express the importance of keeping an open mind and heart, the value of self-love, self-discovery and the necessity of self-care. None of these works are about the selfishness that magnifies self-absorption and the lack of compassion for others. These poems are often like receiving soothing support and encouraging advice from a dear friend. Most of the poems are shorter free verse, a few lines of observation. - “linger” is simply about the impossibility of unloving someone. - “past life” is of the creation of future poetry, “they give hope to the hopeless/and warmth to frigid hearts/too scared to love again/past lives remind us that what/we don’t want is behind us/and what we do is within reach.” – “roar” is another poem of strength: “unhappiness is loud/and it can shatter every/bit of silence that gets/in the way/if you let it.” – “mosaic” very short, but equally powerful: “make art with/the mess from your heart/on the floor.” Elle has included several writing prompts to inspire creativity; the line drawings and illustrations are also an added bonus of this wonderful book! ~ With appreciation and a huge thank you to Andrews McMeel Publishing via NetGalley for the DRC for the purpose of review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I am SO GLAD I bought this on a whim. Definitely one of my new favorites

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Forsyth

    Incredibly affirming. This book found me at a very specific time where I was not feeling so great about myself, and it really got me to shunt a lot of my anger and frustration to the side and focus on how to improve things, to find value in my opinions and love myself. The poetry is occasionally a little repetitive, but it always made me feel better.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Empress X

    This was a easy read very short book that mainly consists of poetry and some prose but all Alexandra Elle’s poems were very calming and beautiful. Re-read: 4.5 (Y did I give it only four last time??) I REALLY liked it! Inspiring and amazing! Who could give this 1-3 stars! So sad. Short & easy read! Loved it!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    The best poetry book I’ve read so far, I liked the messages in this one so much better than the last two I’ve read. This was still written in a way that I have trouble considering “poetry” but I did really like the messages inside.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lör K.

    Free copy provided by Netgalley in return for an honest review Rating I am giving Neon Soul a solid five out of five stars. Genre Neon Soul is a poetry book written about hope, recovery, self love and self worth. About the Book Description from GoodReads “Alexandra Elle writes frankly about her experience as a young, single mother while she celebrates her triumph over adversity and promotes resilience and self-care in her readers. This book of all-new poems from the beloved author of Words From A W Free copy provided by Netgalley in return for an honest review Rating I am giving Neon Soul a solid five out of five stars. Genre Neon Soul is a poetry book written about hope, recovery, self love and self worth. About the Book Description from GoodReads “Alexandra Elle writes frankly about her experience as a young, single mother while she celebrates her triumph over adversity and promotes resilience and self-care in her readers. This book of all-new poems from the beloved author of Words From A Wanderer and Love In My Language is a quotable companion on the road to healing.” Publication Neon Souls hits the shelves on the 21st of March, 2017. Reviewed on the 20th of March, 2017. Why did I choose this book to read? I chose this book to read as I found it in the ‘read now’ poetry section on Netgalley. I have been told to read this poet a few times before and I thought this would be the perfect time to settle down and read one of her books, whilst trying to help make their newest publication succeed. Pricing This book is price at $16.99 on Netgalley What did I think of it? Whilst I was reading this, at only 30 pages into the beautiful expanse of Elle’s poems, I could feel a part of myself healing. Recently, I went through a bad break up, and this has really helped me put things into perspective with my own life. I’ve managed to clear up parts of my own life, and fix what I needed to fix. It warms my heart to have been able to do this through this book, and I owe Elle a massive thank you. This was a stunning piece of poetry; I read it all cover to cover in one sitting, and I have fallen in love with this. I love the little illustrations on some pages in the book. I love Elle’s control over the English language. As a poet myself, finding the little poem prompts at the end of the book was a wonderful little surprise as well, and I will definitely be using these prompts within my own writing. This was an absolutely stunning read and I’ve already recommended it to my partners and my best friend. Everyone needs to read this book. Did I have any qualms with it? I had no qualms whatsoever with this book, it amazed me. Would I recommend it and who to? I would definitely recommend this everyone that sees my review. I would recommend this book to lovers and haters of poetry alike. I’d recommend this to anyone going through a break up, a bout of self doubt, depression, bouts of self hatred. This book has taught me so much in just the hour it took me to read, and I recommend this to everyone and anyone. Overall opinion I have no words to explain how much I love this book. It’s taken a hold of my heart and it made my feel so much better about myself. I’ve learned so much about myself and discovered so much about myself and this is just stunning. I am definitely reading this a bunch more times over the 55 days I have it on my Adobe reader. Thank you, Netgalley, for allowing me to read this stunning book. I can’t promote this book enough.

  7. 5 out of 5

    C.P. Patrick

    I fell in love with Elle's writing after reading, Words from a Wanderer. Neon Soul is equally as beautiful. Her poetry is deepening as she grows as a writer, wife, and mother. One of my favorite poems from Neon Soul is 'enjoy': don't forget to stop and see and listen and love. because one day this will all be gone and so will we.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kristy K

    I loved the overall message presented in this collection of poetry; however, I'm not sure if I'm a huge fan of this style. Enjoyable and emotive, but not something that I think will stay with me long after reading.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gaby

    New favorite poetry collection. I wanted to tab every single page.

  10. 5 out of 5

    bookaholic_kim

    I am very happy to come across this book while browsing the internet. I read this knowing nothing at all. And I was actually surprised and amazed by this book because the poems that i usually read are about pain and suffering. Neon Soul however is the opposite. It is full of poems that gives you hope and reminds you that it is not the end. I love how the poems were written. The words used were simple and easy to understand and I appreciate it because English is not my native language. here are I am very happy to come across this book while browsing the internet. I read this knowing nothing at all. And I was actually surprised and amazed by this book because the poems that i usually read are about pain and suffering. Neon Soul however is the opposite. It is full of poems that gives you hope and reminds you that it is not the end. I love how the poems were written. The words used were simple and easy to understand and I appreciate it because English is not my native language. here are some of the poems from the book Fine the worst lie i have ever told myself― and there have been many―is i am fine, as if it were a sin to admit that i wasn’t. as if the sea would rise above me and absorb into the clouds to replace the tears that i wasn’t honest enough to shed. i’m fine left gaping holes in my neon soul and enabled men to come and go freely as they wished. i’m fine left me lonely and unwell― until one day i decided to tell the truth. Through the Pain be brave enough to love yourself even when it hurts. Reading this is such a healing experience. I hope everyone will read this.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kawther

    Honestly, i have to say that this book found me in the perfect time. It’s a book of prose and poetry that holds and delivers the perfect healing message, it was like getting advise from a friend- just embracing self care, being whole within yourself and healthy love. There might have been a few poems that felt kind of repetitive but overall a very good book. 3.5/ 5 stars!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Katrien Van Wambeke

    Eentje om te koesteren! Prachtige, helende woorden. There are bits of you that you’ll never get back, and that is what will make you whole.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Darkowaa

    !!! https://africanbookaddict.com/2017/09... It's inspiring to see Alex Elle's growth in 'Neon Soul.' From this collection, it's clear she's content and comfortable in her skin. These poems center around the joys of being whole and comfortable with oneself. The poems are laden with gentle, uplifting affirmations and tools for living intentionally and forgiving oneself, as well as understanding and nurturing all aspects of yourself. There are a few glimpses of her immense love for her daughter and !!! https://africanbookaddict.com/2017/09... It's inspiring to see Alex Elle's growth in 'Neon Soul.' From this collection, it's clear she's content and comfortable in her skin. These poems center around the joys of being whole and comfortable with oneself. The poems are laden with gentle, uplifting affirmations and tools for living intentionally and forgiving oneself, as well as understanding and nurturing all aspects of yourself. There are a few glimpses of her immense love for her daughter and husband in the collection, which was very cute! One of the poems speaks on the unfortunate miscarriage she had a while back - and the simplicity of that poem speaks volumes on the polarizing feelings we women of color sometimes have about our bodies. Overall, I love this collection because Alex Elle seems to be writing from a place of fulfillment, which is refreshing from the myriad of poetry collections out there that are from a place of hurt and healing. Deun Ivory's illustrations were icing on the cake! Fave poems - it feels good to feel whole. to not live in pieces or in fear. it feels nice to belong to myself. to be enthralled with the endless possibilities to find who i am. we are often too confused about what parts of us deserve to stay in our loud and vibrant lives, but why is that? when all of the mess can make a magnificent masterpiece. (pg. 114) ________________ will you ever forgive yourself for what you didn't do? who you didn't love or let love you? will you ever be soft enough on yourself to be free? (pg. 29)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    This book is full of inspiring and healing small poems and quotes. If you want to read a book that is uplifting and help heal your soul this is a quick read and full of hope. Alexandra Elle, focuses more on how to better your soul, your self and the people around you; her advice is built on strong wisdom and a strong character. She seems all-encompassing and full of energy that can shine bright to a tired, weary soul. I would recommend reading this book and having it as part of your collection. This book is full of inspiring and healing small poems and quotes. If you want to read a book that is uplifting and help heal your soul this is a quick read and full of hope. Alexandra Elle, focuses more on how to better your soul, your self and the people around you; her advice is built on strong wisdom and a strong character. She seems all-encompassing and full of energy that can shine bright to a tired, weary soul. I would recommend reading this book and having it as part of your collection. I especially loved the poem "fill" which I can connect to. She tells you to never forget yourself along the process of giving. Filled with adorable illustrations and great lines, this poetry book will keep you turning the page.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ryann Crofoot

    ** I obtained a copy of this book via NetGalley for an honest review In her forward for this collection, Alexandra Elle explains, "Truthfully, sometimes I worry that I can't grab onto my colors because I'm not broken anymore. There's a lingering fear that being whole threatens my creative voice." This collection is an exploration of whether being whole, in fact, improves her life and voice, rather than diminishes it. In my view, poetry should deal with abstract topics through concrete means. There ** I obtained a copy of this book via NetGalley for an honest review In her forward for this collection, Alexandra Elle explains, "Truthfully, sometimes I worry that I can't grab onto my colors because I'm not broken anymore. There's a lingering fear that being whole threatens my creative voice." This collection is an exploration of whether being whole, in fact, improves her life and voice, rather than diminishes it. In my view, poetry should deal with abstract topics through concrete means. There were a few great poems with a few great lines that actually did this. One of my favorites was in "sixteen-year-old self," where, when talking about love, the speaker says, "love does not require/you to misplace your map or directions/or identity--/it is not permission to lose your way home." I loved lines and poems like this because, while I am not a huge fan of any sort of love poetry, it presented love in a unique way and let us view love through the very real and relatable sensory feelings of maps and being lost. If all of her poems had been like this, Neon Soul would have easily been at least four stars. Unfortunately, they were not. Out of 143 pages of poetry, I liked about 30, and was okay with a few more. At the risk of seeming insensitive, the rest seemed like angsty-teenage Facebook posts. To me, a poet's job is to take a feeling we've experienced, and put it into words we never had to describe that feeling, so that when you read it, you kind of go, "YES! That is what I was feeling, but I never knew how to describe it until now." That doesn't happen often in this collection. At one point, a page is dedicated to a poem where the entire poem is just, "there will be many--/or maybe a few.../who won't ever love you./ and then there will be one/who will." That was the entire poem. And I just wanted to shout "I KNOW THAT!! Explain it to me with words and images I wouldn't see or use myself!" The only way I know how to describe it is to say that I can't start asking questions about the stars until I have seen the night. You can't expect me to go along on an emotional exploration of love until you give me a sensory explanation of it. Because most of the poems were like this, I couldn't really get into it, and couldn't bring myself to give this book higher than 2 stars. The end of this book had several poetry prompts, so if you are looking for your very first book to get you into reading or writing poetry, I could understand choosing this one. But if you're someone who is already acquainted with the poetry genre, I would probably give this one a pass.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elena ( The Queen Reads )

    I may not always be the easiest woman to love. but I love hard enough to collapse the sky.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    This has become one of my absolute favourite poetry collections! It made me both teary, happy and whole. I feel so encouraged! Very happy I picked this up and I highly recommend it to everyone!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sydnëy Maë

    3.5/5 stars. I just finished the ebook of this in two sittings and it was beautiful. I’d love to rate it 4 or 5 stars I just didn’t enjoy the longer poems. I’m a sucker for short ones. Anyways. If you love deep heartbreakingly truthful poetry, then this book is for you.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I feel almost guilty for my rating... I wanted so badly to at least give Neon Soul a 4-star rating as I have become extremely fascinated and inspired by Ms. Elle this past year, but I could not connect with most of the content at all (and it's pretty relatable content in my opinion). 90% of the poems were incredibly short and didn't really offer any refreshing thoughts nor did they excite me poetically. There were only a few eye-widening "Ahhhh" moments which belonged solely to the longer poems; I feel almost guilty for my rating... I wanted so badly to at least give Neon Soul a 4-star rating as I have become extremely fascinated and inspired by Ms. Elle this past year, but I could not connect with most of the content at all (and it's pretty relatable content in my opinion). 90% of the poems were incredibly short and didn't really offer any refreshing thoughts nor did they excite me poetically. There were only a few eye-widening "Ahhhh" moments which belonged solely to the longer poems; those poems, like "hands," "love lines," and "autumn" actually felt like they had some time and thought put into their connections, message, and metaphors, and they truthfully felt more poetic than most of the seemingly short after-thoughts scattered throughout this book. I did end up reading this all in one day, and I wonder now if I should have read it in random pieces, and in chunks, instead. I think that the short messages that add up to most of Neon Soul's poems would be much more appreciated in spontaneous moments when you truly do need a self-love pickmeup. Two things I must commend are both the foreword (which I felt was probably the best-written piece of Neon Soul) and the creative interactive ending, which I won't spoil. I felt that those two parts really made the book precious. I plan on giving this book another go down the road; I hope others are able to enjoy this book a little more than I did!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    I'm so confused. Everyone who's read this book loved it and yet I really can't find anything in there for me. It's like I read it and forgot about it that same minute. It was also very repetitive and almost too straightforward. Just did nothing to me, personally.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bree

    The first thing that pulled me towards this book was the author. Alexandra Elle is an author I just so happen to be familiar with. The book Words from a Wanderer was a small collection of poetry and notes I found very therapeutic to read. That was all the way back in 2016. Now jumping forward to a few days ago when I found this book in the bookstore, I didn't really know what Alexandra Elle was going to have in store for me this time. Right off the bat I found the cover of this book very beautif The first thing that pulled me towards this book was the author. Alexandra Elle is an author I just so happen to be familiar with. The book Words from a Wanderer was a small collection of poetry and notes I found very therapeutic to read. That was all the way back in 2016. Now jumping forward to a few days ago when I found this book in the bookstore, I didn't really know what Alexandra Elle was going to have in store for me this time. Right off the bat I found the cover of this book very beautiful. It was simple but soft and easily my eyes were drawn to it. Once diving into the pages I was pulled into a world of healing. It was as if walking outside right after a storm. The skies start clearing and you start to pick up what the disaster left behind. The best way I can describe it is like relearning how to be happy again after a lot of pain. The book was motivational and moving. It reminded me to keep positive and be thankful for what I have had all along. Poetry like this collection is constantly reminding me that the best work is the kind that has you looking at your own life in a new light. Plus the best work doesn't have to be birthed from pain. It can just as easily be birthed from love and growth. I hope this book brings a beautiful neon light in many lives just as it did mine.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    ** 4.5 ‘neon light’ stars ** passage “there’s no need to circumnavigate the journey at hand or ahead. the growth, the change, the path. the wings, the twists, the turns. you will always find a way home.” daring “to write means to be honest, to expose your deepest truth and passion and fear. you don’t have to make sense. spill your soul anyway.” grip “trust yourself enough to let go when you feel your hands unfold.” victim “be honest, they say. tell us what happened that day. tell us who took your soul and cut ** 4.5 ‘neon light’ stars ** passage “there’s no need to circumnavigate the journey at hand or ahead. the growth, the change, the path. the wings, the twists, the turns. you will always find a way home.” daring “to write means to be honest, to expose your deepest truth and passion and fear. you don’t have to make sense. spill your soul anyway.” grip “trust yourself enough to let go when you feel your hands unfold.” victim “be honest, they say. tell us what happened that day. tell us who took your soul and cut out your tongue. did you look while they snatch the best parts of you? did you like it? you must’ve. please, tell us why you let them.” “Write out your soul.” - I love that Alexandra Elle includes poem prompts at the end of Neon Soul!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    will you ever forgive yourself for what you didn't do? who you didn't love or let love you? will you ever be soft enough on yourself to be free? This was a half hour read the other night listening to the rain on the roof and cuddling into flannelette sheets. The perfect way to read poetry unless you have a fire and a view of the weather through a rain drenched window. Let me just romanticise my reading a little. The themes of this collection are self love and forgiveness. Settling with the past and emb will you ever forgive yourself for what you didn't do? who you didn't love or let love you? will you ever be soft enough on yourself to be free? This was a half hour read the other night listening to the rain on the roof and cuddling into flannelette sheets. The perfect way to read poetry unless you have a fire and a view of the weather through a rain drenched window. Let me just romanticise my reading a little. The themes of this collection are self love and forgiveness. Settling with the past and embracing the present. There's a repetitive motive of God that was slightly off-putting for me but also an image of a grandmother doing a grandchild hair that was very emotive. The poetry prompts at the end are an interesting and welcome touch.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ebony Rose

    I’ve owned this collection for a while now, and for some reason every time I thought about reading it, I didn’t. I’m not sure why. I picked it up today, and again, I’m not sure why. My only guess is that I was drawn to it exactly at the time that I needed it most. This collection is beautiful and sad and hopeful all at once, and has given me a lot to think about over the next little while. Alexandra Elle is a light.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cherrelle Shelton

    My first book of poems by Alexandra Elle and I absolutely loved it. I will be purchasing her other books as well. Neon Soul was full of gentle reminders to be kind to yourself and to care for yourself. The illustrations were beautiful and fitting. The poem written to her daughter was so sweet and special...made me smile and think of my kids. My favorite poem was fill: "when you're a giver it's hard to remember that you must contribute and pour into your well-being, too." Highly recommended.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Zoë Grace

    I needed such a light read and modern poetry seems to be that for me. I never thought I would get into poetry but I did. I seriously need some recommendations for other modern poetry books but I loved this so much. I’m so glad this was recommended to me when I have previously asked for modern poetry recommendations. JUST READ THIS BOOK ALREADY. DAYUMMM.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Buchanan

    This book has been so helpful in my journey of healing and recovering from the the everyday stress of life, heartbreak and just simply getting older and falling into the mundane. I think the words of Alexandra Elle have been very insightful and continue to enlighten thousands of people. I can't wait to see what she writes next! You HAVE to read her words of wisdom and live by them. xoxo

  28. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Ivy (SundressSecrets)

    “lava hisses from my soul like ash and neon” — alexandra elle 💜💛💜💛💜💛 this poetry and prose book was like honey melting from alex’s lips and it sewed my wounds together for a bit to teach me the healing and process works. at the end of this book, she offers poetry prompts to help you express your inner writer. i will post mine maybe tonight or this week. i recommend this. five stars.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Talisha Lowe

    Healing & Unlearning I reread every poem a few times. They all touched me in a special way. Still working on healing and unlearning. I should’ve bought the paperback version of this book so I could do the writing part at the end. Healing & Unlearning I reread every poem a few times. They all touched me in a special way. Still working on healing and unlearning. I should’ve bought the paperback version of this book so I could do the writing part at the end.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alison Sea

    4.5 stars. I enjoyed this a lot. It was a lot happier and more affirming than a lot of poetry collections that I've read, and I appreciate the sentiment behind that. Art does not have to only come from pain.

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