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'Sad Birds Still Sing' is the highly anticipated debut book of poetry from the anonymous author known as 'Faraway'. With one of the quickest rises to social media stardom in author history, Faraway has become one of the most recognizable figures on the platform they write on - Instagram (@farawaypoetry). This anonymous author shares a similar writing style with names like 'Sad Birds Still Sing' is the highly anticipated debut book of poetry from the anonymous author known as 'Faraway'. With one of the quickest rises to social media stardom in author history, Faraway has become one of the most recognizable figures on the platform they write on - Instagram (@farawaypoetry). This anonymous author shares a similar writing style with names like 'Rupi Kaur, Lang Leav, and many more modern authors - focusing mostly on short from poetry. With a following of 200,000 and growing, Faraway has gained attention and shares from superstars like Jessie J, Brenna D'Amico, and many more. In this debut, Faraway takes the reader on a journey of discovery, with a message of hope as the main artery running through the pages. 'Sad Birds Still Sing' fearlessly dives into the depths of the human condition, tackling topics such as new and old love, loss, anxiety, self-harm/love/awareness, parenting, dreaming, and much, much more. This book was written to prove to the world that every emotion is valid and necessary, and that "it is still beautiful when sad birds sing."


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'Sad Birds Still Sing' is the highly anticipated debut book of poetry from the anonymous author known as 'Faraway'. With one of the quickest rises to social media stardom in author history, Faraway has become one of the most recognizable figures on the platform they write on - Instagram (@farawaypoetry). This anonymous author shares a similar writing style with names like 'Sad Birds Still Sing' is the highly anticipated debut book of poetry from the anonymous author known as 'Faraway'. With one of the quickest rises to social media stardom in author history, Faraway has become one of the most recognizable figures on the platform they write on - Instagram (@farawaypoetry). This anonymous author shares a similar writing style with names like 'Rupi Kaur, Lang Leav, and many more modern authors - focusing mostly on short from poetry. With a following of 200,000 and growing, Faraway has gained attention and shares from superstars like Jessie J, Brenna D'Amico, and many more. In this debut, Faraway takes the reader on a journey of discovery, with a message of hope as the main artery running through the pages. 'Sad Birds Still Sing' fearlessly dives into the depths of the human condition, tackling topics such as new and old love, loss, anxiety, self-harm/love/awareness, parenting, dreaming, and much, much more. This book was written to prove to the world that every emotion is valid and necessary, and that "it is still beautiful when sad birds sing."

30 review for Sad Birds Still Sing: A Poetry Collection

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Nicole Wagner

    Still Sing I needed this today. I’ve been feeling so incredibly down and alone. These words have touched my heart today in a ways I didn’t even know I needed it. Thank you for that. I will definitely be revisiting this collection of poetry and I totally recommend this to anyone who loves to read :) Xo, Rach

  2. 4 out of 5

    Naligasp

    Simply beautiful. Every poetry is simple yet powerful, this book speaks right to your heart and soul.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jamie (Books and Ladders)

    I absolutely loved this poetry collection. There were so many good thoughts and it felt like as I was reading, pieces of my soul were being healed. I like how raw and real these were without being overly specific or personal to experiences. Everyone could relate but you get something different out of it than the person next to you - or the person you’ll be in six months. This was the right poetry collection for me at the right time.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sraah

    This was powerful. It resonated with me after finally leaving a bad situation, not wallowing in the hurt, but becoming stronger in myself and finding something more than I ever expected that’s better suited for me. Sometimes what we think we want isn’t what we need and once we receive that we realize how lucky we are to have lost what it was only to find better. Thankful for this life and the chance to move forward with the knowledge I’ve gained from loss.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shakun Grover

    Came across the work of faraway via the writer’s Instagram profile which I enjoyed pretty much. Since the book wasn’t released in India, I got it delivered here last year through a friend who was travelling from Seattle. After all this effort, the book has been largely disappointing for me. The good parts come along only once in a while. Don’t want to leave a discouraging feedback but may be farwaway’s poetry didn’t click just with me and I am struggling to read it till the end. Nevertheless, wi Came across the work of faraway via the writer’s Instagram profile which I enjoyed pretty much. Since the book wasn’t released in India, I got it delivered here last year through a friend who was travelling from Seattle. After all this effort, the book has been largely disappointing for me. The good parts come along only once in a while. Don’t want to leave a discouraging feedback but may be farwaway’s poetry didn’t click just with me and I am struggling to read it till the end. Nevertheless, wish you the best for your works to come.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    This poetry collection is really moving. It made me tear up, which doesn't happen with me and poetry. The emotions are just so sincere in it. They come through clearly on the page without being saccharine or cheesy. This has the appeal of Amanda Lovelace but is a bit more introspective and thoughtful (and I love Lovelace). It talks about love and how even if things don't work out with a certain person, you can still treasure those memories while looking forward to when you DO meet the person who This poetry collection is really moving. It made me tear up, which doesn't happen with me and poetry. The emotions are just so sincere in it. They come through clearly on the page without being saccharine or cheesy. This has the appeal of Amanda Lovelace but is a bit more introspective and thoughtful (and I love Lovelace). It talks about love and how even if things don't work out with a certain person, you can still treasure those memories while looking forward to when you DO meet the person who's right for you. Geez, it made me emotional, and I'm grateful I had the chance to read it. If you read one poetry book this year, make it this one. *Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lorin Dickson

    The Sad Bird Still Sings is a lovely poetry collection. As someone who also has lived with mental illness I found myself represented in many poems. The writing is sincere and doesn’t pull any punches. I was emotional reading it and it’s a collection I know I’ll read it for years to come. If you have the time to read this one I highly recommend giving it a chance. Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  8. 4 out of 5

    irene

    3.7/5 Beautiful title, beautiful poems. I cried. Favs: If only we had met later in life. Maybe then, now, we would have been mature enough for feelings as deep and real as ours were. I don’t regret a single moment spent believing you were right for me. There are worlds inside of me that I have yet to discover. Every morning, I wake up next to the fact that you fell asleep with someone else last night. When you look back on us, I hope you don’t only see the parts that hurt. Do you still fall apart 3.7/5 Beautiful title, beautiful poems. I cried. Favs: If only we had met later in life. Maybe then, now, we would have been mature enough for feelings as deep and real as ours were. I don’t regret a single moment spent believing you were right for me. There are worlds inside of me that I have yet to discover. Every morning, I wake up next to the fact that you fell asleep with someone else last night. When you look back on us, I hope you don’t only see the parts that hurt. Do you still fall apart when you think of me, too? - tell me you do “I hope you find someone you deserve.” How painful kind words can be, when spoken from the wrong person. - you used to be that someone. You somehow always had a way of making me feel okay with myself. I’m learning now how to do that on my own. Be cautious with your company: live with demons long enough, and you start to become one. This story is getting old; I want to skip a few chapters, to a page on which I am happy again. I'll smile when I want to; I'll break when I need to.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Krissy

    This poetry collection was just kind of "okay' to me. Some pieces were great and others not as much. My main problem is that it mostly seems like more of the same, just worded a little different. I guess I've read too much poetry. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  10. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Thank you to NetGalley and Central Avenue Publishing for the digital advanced readers copy of this book! All my opinions are my own. "Sad Birds Still Sing" is a poetry collection written by an anonymous poet using the pen name "Faraway." This poet has gathered a big following on Instagram over the past year or so specifically on their Instagram: @/farawaypoetry. This collection touches on several topics, from mental health, to greiving a relationship, to parent issues and more. This collection Thank you to NetGalley and Central Avenue Publishing for the digital advanced readers copy of this book! All my opinions are my own. "Sad Birds Still Sing" is a poetry collection written by an anonymous poet using the pen name "Faraway." This poet has gathered a big following on Instagram over the past year or so specifically on their Instagram: @/farawaypoetry. This collection touches on several topics, from mental health, to greiving a relationship, to parent issues and more. This collection is divided into four sections: "sad bird sings," "the bad days," "autumn evenings," and "unfinished business." I read this book in a few hours, and for me, this collection was okay. Deep feelings of sadness and longing, hurt and exhaustion can be felt throughout the poems consistently in this collection, and although dozens of poems, at least a good amount of the book, is likely about a couple of relationships. The heavy and gloomy feelings that come along with topics such as depression, trying to let go of somebody you love, and attempting to find strength within yourself are depicted easily through the poems, while still managing to give off a bit of hope that there is an end to suffering, that there are better days to come as the reader goes through the book. The atmosphere the author brings to their work is in my opinion, the highlight of the collection. The thing that I was missing from these poems was that there weren't really any specific details about the person or people the author writes about, making the poems come off as vague, and not quite sticking out from each other. The poems in each section did have a bit of distinction from poems in other sections, but not much, and I wondered as I was reading if the sections made in this collection were more for the author personally than for the reader. The topics of the poems themselves jumped back and forth within the sections, going from one or two poems being about mental illness to a few speaking of letting go of a past love, then a poem about a relationship with a parent, then back to talking about their past relationship, and it felt a little disorganized to me. As I said before, the atmosphere the author creates within their poems is strong, but these poems are about several different topics, and they all felt like they generally had the same about of sadness or heaviness or the same amount of lightness within the dark to them, making poems a little hard to stick out form one another. The few bits of artwork that also divided up the contents of this collection were sketch-like and simple, pretty and imperfect, sticking with the overall bird theme the book has rather than customizing them to specific poems. Usually I personally like it when illustrations are specific to certain poems, but I felt that the few and simple illustrations worked well, tying in the bird theme throughout the book, since birds are only really mentioned in the written work at the beginning and the end of the collection. Overall, the atmospheric tones brought to the writing of this book were the highlight of "Sad Birds Still Sing," but the poems themselves were a little too vague, and a little too similar to each other. They were entertaining and relatable, but could have had some personal details within the poems to add a little more to the work. This collection is out on October 15, 2019. You can also read this review on my book blog: https://emmasbooksreviews.blogspot.co...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Monica Moreira

    Sad Birds Still Sing’ is the highly anticipated debut book of poetry from the anonymous author known as ‘Faraway’. With one of the quickest rises to social media stardom in author history, in six short months, Faraway has become one of the most recognizable figures on the platform they write on – Instagram (@farawaypoetry). With a following of 200,000 and growing, Faraway has gained attention and shares from superstars like Jessie J, Brenna D’Amico, and many more. Their writing style is minimali Sad Birds Still Sing’ is the highly anticipated debut book of poetry from the anonymous author known as ‘Faraway’. With one of the quickest rises to social media stardom in author history, in six short months, Faraway has become one of the most recognizable figures on the platform they write on – Instagram (@farawaypoetry). With a following of 200,000 and growing, Faraway has gained attention and shares from superstars like Jessie J, Brenna D’Amico, and many more. Their writing style is minimalistic, hopeful, and full of life and character. In this debut, Faraway takes the reader on a journey of discovery, with a message of hope as the main artery running through the pages. ‘Sad Birds Still Sing’ fearlessly dives into the depths of the human condition, tackling topics such as new and old love, loss, depression, self-harm/love/awareness, parenting, dreaming, and much, much more. They are here to prove to the world that every emotion is valid and necessary, and that “it is still beautiful when sad birds sing.” I can’t say in words how much i love this book so so good, highly recommend to everyone. Following is some of my preferred poems from this book: ‘You are a human, not a rest stop; do not let them come back when they are in need.’ ‘ I hope you realize this someday soon: true happiness isn’t sexually transmitted.’ ‘ If I die alone, build my tomb for two, just in case my soul mate is born in a different time than I.—separated by centuries’

  12. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Stargazing

    I wanted to like this, I really did. But maybe, this book, these poems aren't for me. I thought this book would be about depression and hope, but it's about love. Romantic love, love your parents gave you, relationships all past, present, and future. And it's not something I can relate to. Maybe it was the book's theme. Maybe it was that my brain was getting distracted all the time while reading it, music was playing somewhere in the background and couldn't be turned off. Part of it was also cau I wanted to like this, I really did. But maybe, this book, these poems aren't for me. I thought this book would be about depression and hope, but it's about love. Romantic love, love your parents gave you, relationships all past, present, and future. And it's not something I can relate to. Maybe it was the book's theme. Maybe it was that my brain was getting distracted all the time while reading it, music was playing somewhere in the background and couldn't be turned off. Part of it was also caused by the fact that I read it on my Kindle that joined separate poems and therefore made it confusing to read. So that's probably the only thing I have to say about this book - don't read it on your Kindle Thank you to NetGalley and CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform for providing me e-copy for this book in exchange for an honest review. I solemnly swear that all opinions are my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    3

    When something echoes within your soul directly and fulfills your heart completely, you know it's a 5-star read (and an all-time favourite). I must say, it's a clear and real struggle to review something that has influenced you deeply. All I want to say for now and probably for ever is that the perfect timing for you to read this poetry book – regardless whether you've read other poetry books before or not – would be if your current or recent state of mind is or has been altered for several exter When something echoes within your soul directly and fulfills your heart completely, you know it's a 5-star read (and an all-time favourite). I must say, it's a clear and real struggle to review something that has influenced you deeply. All I want to say for now and probably for ever is that the perfect timing for you to read this poetry book – regardless whether you've read other poetry books before or not – would be if your current or recent state of mind is or has been altered for several external circumstances which have ended up causing you a silent and sudden mental breakdown. In any case, the title speaks for itself: sad birds still sing. They do, we do; you'll do.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Jorquera

    First, I would like to thank NetGalley and Central Avenue Publishing for providing me with an advanced copy. All opinions are my own. I thought this collection was a good collection, however it is not memorable to me. I appreciate the deep dive into human nature and emotions that lead and follow things, but for me it didn’t do much besides pretty words in a page. There is wonderful imagery at times, and magical wordplay, but it doesn’t do much for me after that. I get the trend of insta poets an First, I would like to thank NetGalley and Central Avenue Publishing for providing me with an advanced copy. All opinions are my own. I thought this collection was a good collection, however it is not memorable to me. I appreciate the deep dive into human nature and emotions that lead and follow things, but for me it didn’t do much besides pretty words in a page. There is wonderful imagery at times, and magical wordplay, but it doesn’t do much for me after that. I get the trend of insta poets and I know it’s a very controversial topic within the writing and poetry community. I’m not one to judge based off that though. I judge a collection by what sandwiches it together. And unfortunately, this one didn’t hit the mark for me.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carly Pearl

    3.25 Stars (I received an e-arc from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review) TW: Mentions of self-harm I read this collection a couple of days ago and while I did enjoy it, the content didn't really stick in my mind. The format of poetry e-books can be tricky as depending on the device you read on, it may not appear the same as the author intended. I read this on my i-phone and I could tell the formatting was supposed to be another way. I did like how each section had simple illustrations on 3.25 Stars (I received an e-arc from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review) TW: Mentions of self-harm I read this collection a couple of days ago and while I did enjoy it, the content didn't really stick in my mind. The format of poetry e-books can be tricky as depending on the device you read on, it may not appear the same as the author intended. I read this on my i-phone and I could tell the formatting was supposed to be another way. I did like how each section had simple illustrations on birds in flight to indicate the a change. One line that sticks out to me is "self love v.s self harm".

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    Words are worthless until you experience the need to string together thoughts and your emotions. Faraway did this in simple fashion. Not very poetic and literary, but rare and to the point. I liked how I was able to discern lover, mother, and self in her poems. It was a Library book that someone had checked out for the entire year. I didn't feel cheated when I got it. Another good poetry brood read. The title was the best part of all. It rolled me in golden slumbers setting my self to self relat Words are worthless until you experience the need to string together thoughts and your emotions. Faraway did this in simple fashion. Not very poetic and literary, but rare and to the point. I liked how I was able to discern lover, mother, and self in her poems. It was a Library book that someone had checked out for the entire year. I didn't feel cheated when I got it. Another good poetry brood read. The title was the best part of all. It rolled me in golden slumbers setting my self to self relate to sadness I've felt over too many heartbreaks in my life.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    This is a wonderful book of poetry! Some are a couple of lines, some are a couple of pages, but all made me feel something. As soon as I finished the book, I found myself back at the beginning reading many of them over again. I must have this book in my hands to treasure, and what a wonderful gift to people you care about! It would make a lovely, Christmas, or Birthday gift. Thank you so much, NetGalley, Faraway Poetry. and the Publisher for giving me the chance to read and review this great book of P This is a wonderful book of poetry! Some are a couple of lines, some are a couple of pages, but all made me feel something. As soon as I finished the book, I found myself back at the beginning reading many of them over again. I must have this book in my hands to treasure, and what a wonderful gift to people you care about! It would make a lovely, Christmas, or Birthday gift. Thank you so much, NetGalley, Faraway Poetry. and the Publisher for giving me the chance to read and review this great book of Poetry.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lecy Beth

    I always see Faraway's work on Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest and have even saved or liked several pieces that I related to. The beauty of Faraway's writing on those platforms is that individually, there is something that feels real to all of us - love, heartache, grief, desire, pain. Although there was a common thread that ran through the book and told a story, collectively, the whole of it isn't as relatable as it is when it's pieced out. *Advance copy provided by the publisher in exchange f I always see Faraway's work on Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest and have even saved or liked several pieces that I related to. The beauty of Faraway's writing on those platforms is that individually, there is something that feels real to all of us - love, heartache, grief, desire, pain. Although there was a common thread that ran through the book and told a story, collectively, the whole of it isn't as relatable as it is when it's pieced out. *Advance copy provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    (4.5/5) This was my first collection of poetry that I read by Faraway, and it won’t be my last. Faraway does a wonderful job in writing his poetry, and I especially liked the variety of topics that he covered. It’s rare to find a book of poetry that has poems in it that resonate with me, and this book had several. I plan on reading its sequel and will reread this collection in the near future.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elmas

    „I hope you read this: It wasn’t a fault of your own.“ Faraway has the talent to put so many feelings in just two lines. It’s like she’s talking directly to my heart and my feelings and I’ve learned that sad birds still sing. If you haven’t read it yet , you have to read this. It’ll open your eyes toward some topics of life. Enjoy reading this ! ❤️

  21. 5 out of 5

    Elin

    3.5 stars. It is beautiful and tender. But slightly messy. As in, the collection is made up of four parts with four different headlines/themes. I didn’t, however, feel much distinction between the parts. They all just flowed into each other in a rather unorganised way. It messed up the reading journey a little, I think. But there are some rather lovely poems in this collection.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Emmie Rose

    Thank you to NetGalley and Central Avenue Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I had never come across any of Faraway's poetry but I know I will definitely be on the lookout for more after reading this book. This collection of poetry is beautiful and Faraway has a magical way with words. Definitely worth a read!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Aperitif

    This author was new to me, but this book was amazing to read. With every page and every poem I feel the emotions behind. Fascinating, how less words can leave such a deep impact. It has something bitter sweet beautifully.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shana Rivera

    Beautfiul words. Honest and heartfelt. Amazing talent. Can't wait to read more by him!!!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mihaela

    No words can describe the beauty of this book, every page opens up a new story, message, feeling. After you start reading you won't be able to stop. I highly recommend it!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bridie

    So beautiful. But it was hard to connect with sad poems when you are happy, i tell you.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    1.5 stars Didn't connect with these poems at all. I don't know why but I wasn't feeling anything while reading. Unfortunately that was nothing for me..

  28. 5 out of 5

    Warde Boudaher

    Some passages in this book are amazing! I could really relate to some but my only comment is that it could be organized a bit more. I felt texts were just pit randomly.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nicolle

    3.5 stars... Sad collection of poems, have to be in a certain state of mind to connect with them, which may result in a few tears.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Problem?

    Easy to read, deep and simple.

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