5 Books Of Poems That Will Change Your Outlook On Love, Life, And Everything In Between

5 Books Of Poems That Will Change Your Outlook On Love, Life, And Everything In Between

Poetry helps people to find themselves and to make sense of the chaos that is life.
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Since graduating from college, I have had so much more time to devote to reading things that I genuinely enjoy. I have always loved poetry, as it is an art form that is expressive of the self and the soul. Poets, no matter what their life story might be, always seem to have some aspect of their writing that is relatable to the reader. Why is that? Is it because they are real people with real problems and real experiences? Can we, as regular people, relate to their struggle and see the beauty in their truth? Maybe. I have read a vast amount of poetry books, but if I had to pick 5 to read for the rest of my life, here's what I could choose.


1. I Love My Love (Reyna Biddy)

A book about love - self-love, romantic love, family love, friendship love, and all the other forms of love in between. The way she writes about love makes you think about how to love yourself and others to the best of your ability. Biddy makes the reader crave all of the emotions that love invokes, both the good and the bad.

2. HER. (Pierre Alex Jeanty)

A book of appreciation... An appreciation of another's internal and external beauty, flaws and all. Jeanty makes the reader desire someone who will appreciate, love, and fight for them. HER. is a book of observations that became a tremendous form of art.

3. Born to Love, Cursed to Feel (Samantha King)

A book about the self. Internal and external struggles. Relationships. Life. Love. Depression. Anxiety. Things that so many people experience but never get to put into words. King eloquently and gracefully writes about who she's been and who she is now, and that sort of personal narrative is relatable and enables the reader to delve deeper into themselves.

4. Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately (Alicia Cook)

A creative book of feelings and how multifaceted they can be. The first half of the book is filled with full-length poems, along with the song that was playing when the poem was written. Then, halfway through the book, you reach the remixes, which utilize the same poems with some edits. Cook's book is a true masterpiece that is relatable to anyone who has ever been in love, who has ever lost someone special, or experienced any sort of trial or tribulation.

5. beautiful CHAOS (Robert M. Drake)

A book of love and loss. The poems by Drake are often short and sweet, yet they still manage to elicit an array of feelings and thoughts. His poems are relatable, but still ring so true and personal to his specific story.



"Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words." - Edgar Allan Poe

Cover Image Credit: Rachel Sarah Mount

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The 10 Stages Of A 2:30 P.M. Kickoff, As Told By Alabama Students

But we still say Roll MF Tide!

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We all have a love-hate relationship with a 2:30 p.m. kickoff at Bryant Denny Stadium, especially when it's 94 degrees.

1. Immediate sadness

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What do you mean I have to wake up at 9 a.m. to get ready?

2. Bracing yourself for the worst

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It's a marathon not a sprint ladies and gentleman.

3. Accepting the game is going to happen

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Rain or shine we are all in that student section screaming our heads off.

4. Trying to wear the least amount clothes possible without being naked on the Quad

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Is it me or does it get 10 times more hot the minute you walk on to the quad?

5. Shedding a tear when you walk out your front door once you feel the heat and humidity on your skin

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Is it fall yet?

6. Drowning your sorrows inside a Red Solo cup at 11:30 a.m. at a fraternity tailgate

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Maybe I'll forget about the humidity if I start frat hopping now.

7. Getting in line to go through security realizing it'll take an hour to actually get inside Bryant Denny

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More security is great and all but remember the heat index in Alabama? Yeah, it's not easy being smushed like sardines before even getting into Bryant Denny.

8. Feeling the sweat roll down every part of your body

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Oh yeah I am working on my tan and all but what is the point of showering before kick off?

9. Attempting to cheer on the Tide, but being whacked in the head with a shaker by the girl behind you. 

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Shakers are tradition, but do we have to spin it around in a full 360 every two seconds? I have a migraine from just thinking about it.

10. Leaving a quarter into the game because Alabama is kicking ass and you're about to have a heat stroke.

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I'll watch the rest in air conditioning thank you very much!

We may not love the 2:30 kickoffs but Roll Tide!

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I Made Emma Chamberlain's Mediocre Vegan Cookies, And They're Pretty Incredible

Emma and her vegan cookies have made their way into my heart, and are here to stay.

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One day, I went down the black hole that is 'YouTube at 3 am' and discovered my favorite social media influencer of all time: Emma Chamberlain. I started binge watching her videos every night for about a week, where I came across her "Cooking With Emma" series. I decided that I wanted to give her vegan antics a go for myself.

I've never cooked or baked anything with the intention of it being vegan, so not only is that new territory for me, but I've never even eaten a vegan cookie. The only reason I'm doing this is because Emma did, and she is aesthetic goals.

To start the journey of vegan baking, I took to Pinterest, just like Emma, and found this recipe to use. Although the video that inspired all of this used a gluten free recipe, I opted for only vegan, because I'm allergic to most of the ingredients that make things gluten-free.


In true Emma style, I used a whisk to combine the wet ingredients together, making sure to use her special technique.


Then, I did the same thing with the dry ingredients.


After that, I dumped everything together and combined all of the ingredients.


Once they were combined, I chopped up a vegan chocolate bar, because Emma and I like chocolate chunk cookies, not chocolate chip, there's a difference.


Now that everything is combined, I made balls of dough and stuck it on a pan, and baked them while I binged more Emma, because what else would I be doing in my spare time?



The recipe said to make the balls a lot smaller, but we aren't perfect, so I made them gigantic. In my head, I thought the worst thing that could happen was it turn into one big cookie, but that's a whole other video you need to watch.

I took them out of the oven, and they were brown on the top, but still a little doughy. At this point I was tired of waiting and eager to eat them, so I disappointingly set them aside to cool, which only lasted a minute or so before I snagged one up to try.



The taste was definitely one I've never associated with cookies, and came to the conclusion that if I decided to go vegan, it would be doable with these cookies and Emma Chamberlain by my side.



Emma inspired me to get out of my comfort zone, which is a reoccurring theme throughout her channel, and I'm happy to be apart of it. She taught me that even if mediocre cookies is all you have, eat them with pride because you made them yourself.

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