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Light Filters in: Poems
Contributor(s): Kaufman, Caroline, Bryksenkova, Yelena (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0062844687     ISBN-13: 9780062844682
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
    OUR PRICE: $13.49  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: May 2018

In the vein of poetry collections like Milk and Honey and Adultolescence, this compilation of short, powerful poems from teen Instagram sensation @poeticpoison perfectly captures the human experience. 

In Light Filters In, Caroline Kaufman—known as @poeticpoison—does what she does best: reflects our own experiences back at us and makes us feel less alone, one exquisite and insightful piece at a time. She writes about giving up too much of yourself to someone else, not fitting in, endlessly Googling “how to be happy,” and ultimately figuring out who you are.

This hardcover collection features completely new material plus some fan favorites from Caroline's account. Filled with haunting, spare pieces of original art, Light Filters In will thrill existing fans and newcomers alike.

it’s okay if some things

are always out of reach.

if you could carry all the stars

in the palm of your hand,

they wouldn’t be

half as breathtaking
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Mental health; Poetry.
Self-realization; Poetry.
Depression, Mental; Poetry.
Dewey: 811/.6
LCCN: 2018938080
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.00" W x 0.75" (0.68 lbs) 211 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2019 Spring)
A collection of short, emotionally honest poems divided into four sections chronicle Instagram-famous teenage poet Kaufman's journey from the darkness of depression, self-harm, and abusive relationships to recovery and empowerment. Specific traumas are left fairly vague, allowing teen readers to imagine their own hurts along with the author's and feel less alone. Occasional spot drawings punctuate the text. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 October)

Gr 7 Up—Kaufman initially shared her poetry on Instagram as a means of catharsis. The poems here are raw and, as the poet acknowledges, sometimes repetitive as she seeks again and again to make sense of where her sunny childhood cut off and the cloud of mental illness descended. Yet the repetition by no means defines the verse, nor makes it less powerful, but rather underlines the resiliency required for her journey. The poems, paired with spare, yet evocative drawings by Bryksenkova, address self-harm, scarring early sexual encounters, internal conflict over the need to medicate, and many other realities of mental illness for teens. Kaufman's willingness to share and artfully articulate her vulnerability has already proved vitally important for the legions of followers she's garnered as an "Instapoet," and will now prove similarly validating and empowering for those teens who discover her work through print. This collection is an auspicious debut and while the verse will speak truth to stressed teens, even a short dip into Kaufman's online presence shows evidence of an important voice well beyond the realm of this collection. VERDICT Undoubtedly, Kaufman's readers—new and old—will be clamoring for more. A top addition to YA poetry collections.—Jill Heritage Maza, Montclair Kimberley Academy, NJ

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.