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SMITTEN This Is What Love Looks Like is an anthology of love poetry by 120 lesbian and bisexual women ranging in age from 15 to 87 from around the globe.This is a book that should be gifted. In spite of its implied audience, Smitten is not just for women who adore women. It is for those whose hearts twist and skin prickles at romance, who know the flight of butterflies in SMITTEN This Is What Love Looks Like is an anthology of love poetry by 120 lesbian and bisexual women ranging in age from 15 to 87 from around the globe.This is a book that should be gifted. In spite of its implied audience, Smitten is not just for women who adore women. It is for those whose hearts twist and skin prickles at romance, who know the flight of butterflies in their stomachs, who long for the feeling of home in another’s heart.


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SMITTEN This Is What Love Looks Like is an anthology of love poetry by 120 lesbian and bisexual women ranging in age from 15 to 87 from around the globe.This is a book that should be gifted. In spite of its implied audience, Smitten is not just for women who adore women. It is for those whose hearts twist and skin prickles at romance, who know the flight of butterflies in SMITTEN This Is What Love Looks Like is an anthology of love poetry by 120 lesbian and bisexual women ranging in age from 15 to 87 from around the globe.This is a book that should be gifted. In spite of its implied audience, Smitten is not just for women who adore women. It is for those whose hearts twist and skin prickles at romance, who know the flight of butterflies in their stomachs, who long for the feeling of home in another’s heart.

50 review for SMITTEN This Is What Love Looks Like: Poetry by Women for Women an Anthology

  1. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    I was gifted an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. SMITTEN is a celebration of love between women, in poetic form. It is open and raw in the poems from female contributors that span ages 14 through 87. This book comes at a time when, sadly, lesbian and bisexual relationships are not always met with the same "approval" of onlookers as heterosexual. It's reads like this one that explore love unnapologetically - and without being erotica - that can help more people to underst I was gifted an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. SMITTEN is a celebration of love between women, in poetic form. It is open and raw in the poems from female contributors that span ages 14 through 87. This book comes at a time when, sadly, lesbian and bisexual relationships are not always met with the same "approval" of onlookers as heterosexual. It's reads like this one that explore love unnapologetically - and without being erotica - that can help more people to understand that love transcends gender. Love is about the heart at its core. Many great poems here, with a range of writing styles, and even a few pieces of artwork in the pages. I recommend the read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    i felt very seen while reading this book which i'm so incredibly grateful for - being a lesbian can feel very lonely sometimes, but this collection really showed that there are others out there sharing my experiences, everything from joy to sorrow to triumph to shame. i felt very seen while reading this book which i'm so incredibly grateful for - being a lesbian can feel very lonely sometimes, but this collection really showed that there are others out there sharing my experiences, everything from joy to sorrow to triumph to shame.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Lyons

    I fucking love poetry. I love good poetry, exceptional poetry, poetry that sits heavy on my chest and reaches down my throat to pull my own words out of my belly, and thank the goddess, in the era of the Instapoet and art without soul, Indie Blu(e) publishing and Candice Daquin have given us all a reason to fall in love with poetry again. To say that SMITTEN This Is What Love Looks Like; Poetry by Women for Women touched me on a level that very few books have been able to reach, would not only be I fucking love poetry. I love good poetry, exceptional poetry, poetry that sits heavy on my chest and reaches down my throat to pull my own words out of my belly, and thank the goddess, in the era of the Instapoet and art without soul, Indie Blu(e) publishing and Candice Daquin have given us all a reason to fall in love with poetry again. To say that SMITTEN This Is What Love Looks Like; Poetry by Women for Women touched me on a level that very few books have been able to reach, would not only be an understatement, but a massive disservice to the writers, editors, and publishers of this book. From the cover design and the foreword, and my god, the opening poem ‘Lesbian’ by Avital Abraham, I was enraptured. How could one not be with words penned as exquisitely as this: Lesbian is a monster. Am I the monster? Because oh, oh god, do I want that word to feel delicious. And delicious is exactly what this book is. It’s delicious in its pain, delicious in its suffering, delicious in its acceptance and unapologetic love. The writers in this book have no doubt all faced their share, and then some, of feeling less than, being told they are less than, living as less than, all because of who they love. For far too long any expression of love by women for women has been chalked up to either lukewarm hypocritical acceptance (it’s okay to be gay, but I hope you aren’t) or nothing more than erotic urges to be played out in most men’s fantasies, but SMITTEN smashes the hell out of those twisted views, and it does so with absolute stunning precision. Like that bell That got Pavlov’s dog to salivate I rise to an intensity of longing in the presence of a tall, sexual Butch pristinely starched pledged to sisterly friendship she says, not the sort of wild sunrise I ardently desire, still. Henri Bensussen – from This Splendid Sunrise SMITTEN is the book I will give to my daughters, not only to appreciate and cultivate their ever-growing love of literature, but to take a walk inside the mind of many someones who loves just as fiercely as they do, even if on the outside, that love looks different, or remarkably the same, as theirs. SMITTEN is something to behold. The lines, the breaks, the breaths a reader takes between are both sharp and soothing. This book is bursting with the kind of breathtaking poetry and prose that knows no gender, no sexual orientation, no colour or country, only the collective sighs of literature lovers from all walks of life. Whether you identify as a proud member of the LGBTQ2 community, an ally within, or someone not entirely certain where you stand on love, SMITTEN is a book you simply must read. Whether you’re looking for acceptance, understanding, something to change your mind, SMITTEN is by far the book to do al of it. But of course, if you’re just looking for good fucking poetry, well then I have high hopes for SMITTEN and every writer cradled within its pages.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kristiana

    Candice Daquin and the editors at Indie Blu(e) Publishing have worked their magic once more in raising a powerful chorus of voices. Daquin is a woman who has always sought to empower others from the first moment I became acquainted with her work and her nature. I also cannot think of a better person and writer to spearhead a body of work which celebrates love between two women. The writers and styles within this collection, which Daquin has woven seamlessly together, are varied - eclectic and pow Candice Daquin and the editors at Indie Blu(e) Publishing have worked their magic once more in raising a powerful chorus of voices. Daquin is a woman who has always sought to empower others from the first moment I became acquainted with her work and her nature. I also cannot think of a better person and writer to spearhead a body of work which celebrates love between two women. The writers and styles within this collection, which Daquin has woven seamlessly together, are varied - eclectic and powerful yet with the same, strong undercurrent coursing through every piece that this is what love looks like. It is possible people will read the sub-heading of SMITTEN and assume this is an exclusive collection; only accessible if you are woman who loves or has loved a woman. But, what is truly wonderful is this isn’t true at all. Instead, SMITTEN holds and nurtures love poems to be read and enjoyed by anyone. After all, for centuries, we have consumed and enjoyed love poems written about women, by men. Why should the fact that the poet is a woman cause the response to be any different? ‘Testimony’ by Carolyn Martin is one of the best examples of this. The nature of love and relationships does not suddenly change if it is not heterosexual; the essence of loving someone beyond belief even on the days they annoy you to distraction, remains. However, even though SMITTEN is not exclusive, it must be recognised as an anthology paving a new way for literature. All of the writers are female and all of the subject matter is female, lesbian, bisexual and more. Pieces such as ‘Lesbian’ by Avital Abraham and ‘Pulse’ by Melissa Fadul drive home why Daquin’s decision to create a collection like this is needed and welcomed. Too often we sideline LGBTQ+ work as a genre of its own, when it should be mainstream; literary works which are written by people to be enjoyed by people, no matter what their race, sexuality, gender and/or religion. Yet, until this happens, I applaud Daquin and Indie Blu(e) Publishing for brazenly making a stand. Until labels are but words and not identifiers, it is important that writers like those in this collection share their voices and stories, ever-lasting love and heartbreak, and their hopes and fears, to remind the literary world they will be heard, no matter what the response may be.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Smitten is what the poetry world didn’t know they needed. It’s raw and visceral, moving and motivating. It is filled with so many beautiful voices that desperately need to be heard. And read. And shared a million times. The poetry and art within these pages scream love, and not just the sappy cheesy run-of-the-mill love. It is mountain moving, phenomenal verses that reach into the heart and rearrange it in a way that makes the reader gasp. This book digs below the surface and shows us that live Smitten is what the poetry world didn’t know they needed. It’s raw and visceral, moving and motivating. It is filled with so many beautiful voices that desperately need to be heard. And read. And shared a million times. The poetry and art within these pages scream love, and not just the sappy cheesy run-of-the-mill love. It is mountain moving, phenomenal verses that reach into the heart and rearrange it in a way that makes the reader gasp. This book digs below the surface and shows us that live is love is love a thousand times over. You cannot help but be moved.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    SMITTEN: This Is What Love Looks Like is not just another book of love poems. The book is a bold and hopeful road sign on a revolutionary cultural journey. It is nothing short of a miracle that these brave poets dare to express their long-confined feelings in black and white. Not that long ago work of this scope would have incited violence against the authors, censorship, and book burnings. (I pray none of those things happens to a single contributor to this anthology of love.) As the Dedication SMITTEN: This Is What Love Looks Like is not just another book of love poems. The book is a bold and hopeful road sign on a revolutionary cultural journey. It is nothing short of a miracle that these brave poets dare to express their long-confined feelings in black and white. Not that long ago work of this scope would have incited violence against the authors, censorship, and book burnings. (I pray none of those things happens to a single contributor to this anthology of love.) As the Dedication so eloquently points out, previous generations of women suffered for their love without recourse. SMITTEN is the voice of those silenced women. But don't let that LGBT keyword deceive you. To read these brilliant poems is to learn that love looks and feels the same no matter what the lovers look like. Any human being who has experienced any form of romantic love will see and feel themselves on the pages of SMITTEN. What does love look like? Look around you and you will see it. Open your heart and you will feel it. Open your mouth and you will taste it. Take, for example, Alexandra Short's True Love You still love her, because Love doesn't dissolve like a soft candy Meeting the warmth of your tongue. Love doesn't just disappear like a magic trick. Love transforms like ice turns to water. True love is linear and infinite. Never silence your heart.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Gagnier

    A fantastic collection from an impassioned editor and impressive range of feminine writers, Smitten shows love knows no bounds. And although the subtitle may suggest this little book benefits a niche demographic, or takes an exclusionary stance- though that would not be unwarranted in itself, but such is our whataboutist culture- we all win for its existence. From its outset, Smitten never seeks to exclude, but inform and celebrate one sect of the LGBTQ+ community often overshadowed by its male A fantastic collection from an impassioned editor and impressive range of feminine writers, Smitten shows love knows no bounds. And although the subtitle may suggest this little book benefits a niche demographic, or takes an exclusionary stance- though that would not be unwarranted in itself, but such is our whataboutist culture- we all win for its existence. From its outset, Smitten never seeks to exclude, but inform and celebrate one sect of the LGBTQ+ community often overshadowed by its male counterpart, while also challenging popular culture’s depiction of lesbianism as a whole. It is my honour to call its core editor Candice my good friend, and to be familiar with a good number of the poets in this book. It is a monumental achievement.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Deirdre Fagan

    Smitten is "poetry by women for women" and its poems are as various as that description implies. The collection is also not only for women. It's about love, inclusively, in all its various forms. As its subtitle describes: This is what love looks like. Poems by Rachel Ikens, Christine E. Ray, Candice Louisa Daquin (also one of the editors), among many others. Daquin and Hallelujah R. Huston have curated a fine collection. Daquin, along with Ray, were also behind the illuminating, necessary, and Smitten is "poetry by women for women" and its poems are as various as that description implies. The collection is also not only for women. It's about love, inclusively, in all its various forms. As its subtitle describes: This is what love looks like. Poems by Rachel Ikens, Christine E. Ray, Candice Louisa Daquin (also one of the editors), among many others. Daquin and Hallelujah R. Huston have curated a fine collection. Daquin, along with Ray, were also behind the illuminating, necessary, and timely We Will Not Be Silenced: The Lived Experience of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Told Powerfully Through Poetry, Prose, Essay, and Art. Smitten is a gorgeous collection that educates and reflects light. You will find favorites here.

  9. 4 out of 5

    gabrielle griffin

    This is an important compilation of poems and short prose about women loving women- we need to honour and also utterly normalize same sex attraction and action. This is a rich anthology to dip in and out of as you feel, with the full range of loving emotions on display, from ecstasy to grief. A labor of love for its editor, this book deserves much praise for its variety and humanity. I wish I'd contributed from my blog "bone&silver"! Buy your copy now, and support independent press This is an important compilation of poems and short prose about women loving women- we need to honour and also utterly normalize same sex attraction and action. This is a rich anthology to dip in and out of as you feel, with the full range of loving emotions on display, from ecstasy to grief. A labor of love for its editor, this book deserves much praise for its variety and humanity. I wish I'd contributed from my blog "bone&silver"! Buy your copy now, and support independent press

  10. 5 out of 5

    Susan Conway

    Gorgeous collection of brilliant minds! This is a book you will read over and over again sure to find different nuances and beauty with each read. ❤

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tan

    -/5 I will make this quick and painless. I skipped through SMITTEN This Is What Love Looks Like: Poetry by Women for Women an Anthology a lot and I didn’t really like it. Not because of the writing or the poems themselves. But I learned something: I’m either too stupid for poetry or just simply don’t like reading it. Either way, I applaud the topic and the stories, but yeah… not for me. That’s also why I’m not giving it a rating, wouldn’t be fair. Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk. ------- I read this -/5 I will make this quick and painless. I skipped through SMITTEN This Is What Love Looks Like: Poetry by Women for Women an Anthology a lot and I didn’t really like it. Not because of the writing or the poems themselves. But I learned something: I’m either too stupid for poetry or just simply don’t like reading it. Either way, I applaud the topic and the stories, but yeah… not for me. That’s also why I’m not giving it a rating, wouldn’t be fair. Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk. ------- I read this book as part of the Popsugar 2020 Reading Challenge. Why I chose this book: I wanted to try a poetry book for a long time, this seemed like a good place to start.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amelia Zeve

    2.5 stars, a truly mixed bag of poetry, I would say that although some were very strong it didn’t feel like the book was that intentionally curated and there were more poems that felt cheesy and contrived than poems that felt actually meaningful. the stars are for the poems that were actually strong

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tara Caribou

    A nice collection of poetry and prose all about women loving women. Some of the pieces (and there are a LOT included, are phenomenal, while some are just okay. But what is really special is the overall message of true love. The book is hefty which I love, as an avid reader. So often poetry books are these little tiny “chap books” which I despise but this one is marvelous. Something you can pick up again and again. Gorgeous cover art!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Aurelius

    SMITTEN is a masterpiece, crafted by women for women. Many writers also means many different, beautiful styles. More importantly, it is the raw love between women, which has been sexualized through history, that makes this book even more unique. It shows the reader that love is love. A must read! 🖤

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Bowley

    Wonderful and inspiring.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Christine Ray

  17. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Irvin

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rhona

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nitya Swaruba

  22. 5 out of 5

    Thao

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nayana

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Johnson

  25. 4 out of 5

    CE Wing

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

  27. 4 out of 5

    paige andrews

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lynn McNabb (Devora)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Leigh

  30. 4 out of 5

    Angela Shelton

  31. 5 out of 5

    John W. Leys

  32. 5 out of 5

    Caro

  33. 5 out of 5

    Cathryn McKinnon

  34. 5 out of 5

    Erin

  35. 4 out of 5

    Steph Courtney

  36. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

  37. 4 out of 5

    Kim Harvey

  38. 4 out of 5

    rrolland

  39. 5 out of 5

    Alysa Fenner

  40. 5 out of 5

    Tali

  41. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Finch

  42. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Beyer

  43. 4 out of 5

    Summer Mosher

  44. 4 out of 5

    Francesca Jones

  45. 5 out of 5

    Miryam Strautkalns

  46. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

  47. 5 out of 5

    Joan

  48. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Locke

  49. 5 out of 5

    Becca

  50. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

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