Title: Shades of Lovers
Author: Catarine Hancock
Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing
Release Date: 18 August 2020
Shades of Lovers is a collection of poems. These poems portray loss, hope, light and self-discovery. The author has beautifully described the arrival and departures of her five lovers. Her words convey how she has changed and grown over a period of time.
We often refuse to see what a person does to our life. Through this poem, the author has put it all together and shown the different parts that get affected. Sometimes we ignore to see what mental or physical abuse can do to a person, but when you will read this book you will learn the difference between right and wrong.
Often, there are poems that portray the days of blooming, but rarely there are poems that describe the days of fallings. The extent to which the author has described these days, in particular, is something that makes it intense for the end part and boring for the beginning.
The poem starts with the author telling about her first love, which will quite grab your attention. But after a few pages, you might not be able to absorb the pain she talks about. I really liked how she talked about her fourth lover. She said that it’s an angry poem. And when you will read it, you will realise what a poem can do to you and especially the one that you don’t want to write.
The last thirty per cent of the book is gloriously intense. To feel the intensity of this part, one will have to taste the beginning i.e. the shades of the first five lovers. The writing style is quite engaging.
Some of my favourite lines from the Shades Of Lovers are –
my problems are small in the face of theirs. and i am thankful for that. but that does not mean my pain and my struggles aren’t valid. that does not mean they don’t deserve a place on the shelf.
keep it you said you need some of this love for yourself
it’s incredible, the amount of growing you can do when you’re with somebody who isn’t afraid of what you’ll become once you bloom.
people can change the way they dress and the way they smile, i told myself, but at their core, nobody can change. some people will be doomed to give too much love to those who do not deserve it.
this is acceptance. this is growth. this is the final stitch in a wound that has been open for far too long
people always say: you can’t love somebody until you love yourself and this is wrong. i’ve loved many when i could hardly look at myself in the mirror. but when you love yourself, loving another is easy, like getting new glasses.
This book is releasing on August 18.
About The Author
Catarine Hancock is a 20-year-old Kentucky native. She has garnered an audience of over 100,000 on social media in the six years she has been sharing her work online. Catarine writes predominantly about love and its many aspects, both the good and the bad, and political topics that are dear to her heart, such as feminism and gun control. She is an activist, college student, and opera singer as well as a writer, and attends the University of Kentucky as a Vocal Performance major. Her first two collections, the boys I’ve loved and the end of the world (2017) and how the words come (2018) are no longer in print but can be read for free on Wattpad.