Set to a musical theme, love’s poetic journey in this new, original collection begins with a Duet and travels through Interlude and Finale with an Encore popular piece from the best-selling Love & Misadventure. Lang Leav’s evocative poetry speaks to the soul of anyone who is on this journey.
I have no doubt that the feelings and fleeting moments that Lang Leav write about may be authentic. I’m a believer in the authenticity of feelings – including unwanted feelings, conflicting thoughts, and injurious wishes. The issue is that in the hands of an incompetent poet, the poems reduce these feelings to something puerile and deplorable. So instead of something complex, we have these poems that appear to dignify reckless, harmful ‘love’.
A part of me empathizes with what Leav is trying to convey, because I too have experienced heartbreak. But such feelings were what I felt when I was fourteen, and as an adult I can say, with a hint of self-depreciation, that the feelings I felt, especially those of the injudicious abnegation kind, may have been valid but they were also stupid. Rather than remind me of my stupidity and shame, I wish Lullabies reminded me of my innocence. Perhaps in the hands of a better writer, the essence of Leav’s poems might have been better conveyed. But, alas.
Similar to my qualms of Love and Misadventures, the poems are shallow and contrived. They are a slight improvement from its prequel – I’ll give Leav that – and some of her written verses were digestible. I still believe that Leav has the potential to be a good writer. She just has to believe that her audience is capable of detecting subtlety.
I am not sure what compelled me to read this despite my dislike for Love and Misadventures but I guess worse decisions could have been made on a Sunday night.
Book Name: Lullabies
Author: Lang Leav
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Note: I opted to not draw Lullabies‘s book’s cover. Lang Leav illustrates her covers (which I think are actually pretty nice), and with one of her illustrations featured in the cover, I felt weird redrawing her drawing.