Independent Poetry Collections You Should Be Reading

Independent Poetry Collections You Should Be Reading

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With the success of Rupi Kaur's book Milk and Honey, poetry has recently seen an influx of published collections - and poets are taking the same route as Kaur. Amazon's company CreateSpace allows writers to self-publish their work and sell it through Amazon. Kaur published Milk and Honey independently in 2014, but her collection was so successful that it was picked up by Andrew McMeel Publishing for a reprint in 2014.

Many of these authors are also hoping for similar success as Kaur, so please consider purchasing their collections and leaving reviews on Amazon!


1). we carry the sky by Mckayla Robbin


2). The Chaos of Longing by K.Y. Robinson


3). salt. & nejma by Nayyirah Waheed


4). bone by Yrsa Daley Ward


5). Bright Minds Empty Souls by Jennae Cecelia


6). It Starts Like This: a collection of poetry by Shelby Leigh


7). soft maic. by Upile Chisala


8). Honeybee: a collection of poems about letting go by Trista Mateer


9). The Last Time I'll Write About You by Dawn Lanuza


10). Kaleidoscopic Skies by Ekta Daryani





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37 Drake Lyrics From 'Scorpion' That Will Make Your Next Instagram Caption Go Double Platinum

Side A makes you want to be single, Side B make you want to be boo'd up.

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We all knew "Scorpion" was going to be the summer banger we wanted. However, Drake surprised us with two sides of an album and two sides of himself. Mixing rap and R&B; was genius on his part, so why not dedicate 37 of his lyrics to our Instagram captions?

1. "Don't tell me how knew it would be like this all along" — Emotionless

Definitely a "I'm too good" for you vibe.

2. "My mentions are jokes, but they never give me the facts" — Talk Up

This one's for my haters.

3. "I wanna thank God for workin' way harder than Satan" — Elevate

For when you're feeling blessed.

4. "I promise if I'm not dead then I'm dedicated" — March 14

In Drake's story about his son the world knows about now, we get a lyric of true love and dedication

5. "My Mount Rushmore is me with four different expressions" — Survival

6. "Pinky ring 'til I get a wedding ring" — Nonstop

7. "I gotta breathe in real deep when I catch an attitude" — 8 Out of 10

This first line of the song is about to be spread on the gram like a wildfire

8. "Heard all of the talkin', now it's quiet, now it's shush" — Mob Ties

9. "California girls sweeter than pieces of candy" — Sandra's Rose

This is gonna have every girl who has ever stayed in Cali all hot and heavy, watch it.

10. "I think you're changing your mind, starting to see it in your eyes" — Summer Games

Y'all know how these summer games go

11. "Look the new me is really still the real me" — In My Feelings

When you've got to profess that you've changed 200%

12. "Only beggin' that I do is me beggin' your pardon" — Is There More

13. "Shifted your focus, lens lookin' jaded" — Jaded

14. "Back and forth to Italy, my comment section killin' me" — Can't Take a Joke

Necessary for when you've got people hyping you up already

15. "People are only as tough as they phone allows them to be" — Peak

Y'all can't have this one, I'm stealing it

16. "Work all winter, shine all summer" — That's How You Feel

Put in the work so you can flex on 'em, summer 18

17. "Blue faces, I got blue diamonds, blue tint, yeah" — Blue Tint


18. "I stay busy workin' on me" — Elevate

19. "Ten of us, we movin' as one" — Talk Up

The perfect reason to get the largest group picture you've had on your gram

20. "October baby for irony sake, of course" — March 14

This statistically applies to 1/12 of y'all reading this, so take that as you will (we October babies are the best)

21. "She had an attitude in the summer but now she nice again" — Blue Tint

22. "I know you special girl 'cause I know too many" — In My Feelings


23. "Gotta hit the club like you hit them, hit them, hit them angles" — Nice for What

24. "She said 'Do you love me?' I tell her, 'Only partly,' I only love my ____ and my ____ I'm sorry" — God's Plan

If you haven't used this one yet, get to it

25. "But I'm blessed I just checked, hate me never met me in the flesh" — I'm Upset

26. "It's only good in my city because I said so" — 8 Out of 10

Follow this up with a location and shoutout your hometown

27. "My haters either on they way to work or they arrived" — Can't Take a Joke

28. "I always need a glass of wine by sundown" — Final Fantasy

Has Drake ever been more relatable?

29. "It's your f***in' birthday. Happy birthday" — Ratchet Happy Birthday

Let's go get kicked out of an Applebee's

30. "I move through London with the Eurostep" — Nonstop


31. "I stopped askin' myself and I started feelin' myself" — Survival

Mood all summer 18

32. "They keep tryna' get me for my soul" — I'm Upset

33. "I'm tryna see who's there on the other end of the shade" — Emotionless

34. "Only obligation is to tell it straight" — Elevate

35. "It don't matter to me what you say" — Don't Matter to Me


This line from the King of Pop (MJ) will give you chills. R.I.P.

36. "I'm the chosen one, flowers never pick themselves" — Sandra's Rose

37. "Say you'll never ever leave from beside me" — In My Feelings

Couple goals, amirite?

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13 Reasons The Self-Confident Man Isn't Afraid To Dance

You'll thank me later, I promise.

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When you were a younger boy, you probably heard the idea that you either weren't put into dance classes or you never thought about taking dance classes because dance was largely a female thing.

I don't blame you for it.

But it doesn't mean you shouldn't try. Dance has its rewards. You'll thank me later, I promise.

1. You learn to express yourself

Dance is a language of expression via body movement.

2. Dance trains your body in a different way

Like myself, most men are accustomed to training with big dumbbells or free weights. That's OK, because it helps you build strength and resistance. Dance adds a different strength to your body. You build the ability to leap, kick, and reach higher. You also develop body control and your feet become stronger. You improve the ability to land softly on the ground after a leap in the air.

3. You'll need to have a dance ready for your wedding

Assuming that you want to get married, you'll have a dance with your newlywed, and likely also a dance with your mother.

4. You can learn it quickly

Obviously, perfecting the craft of dance will take a long time, but when you watch a routine take place, it's easier to pick up sooner.

5. Nobody is there to intimidate you

They're doing their thing; feel free to join them!

6. You're not the only guy

Plenty of guys have tried and done dance, and actually enjoyed it. You can be the next one.

7. You make plenty of friends and have fun

I've made some awesome friends just from auditioning for a dance showcase and going to dance classes with them. It's a blast every time.

8. You learn how to be precise

Getting the technique down is part of the growth that's more challenging once you learn the moves of a routine, since precision will make it appear better, especially in the context of ballet or contemporary dance.

9. You learn to focus

When you're trying to learn dance, you're inclined to watch the instructor as he/she leads each step. As a result, you're not focused on the other dancers and you can also pick-up verbal cues in practice to remember the next step, even though it's not going to be perfect initially. You're going to learn not to care what others are thinking when you are in the class setting.

10. You always have something to do

Since dance is broad and diverse, you can make different combinations of routines, and you'll also learn about multiple styles.

11. You can incorporate it into your exercise

There's exercise programs that are strictly dance-focused, such as "Jazzercise," which really helps push your limits.

12. You can put your own spin on it

In some cases, you can implement some improvisation into your dance, especially if the choreography calls for it. If you're the choreographer yourself, you basically are putting your own spin on it already.

13. Dance knows no boundaries

Whether you're tall or short, guy or girl, young or old, healthy or oft-injured, experienced or inexperienced, dance will never exclude you unless you choose to exclude yourself from it. Just like love, when you give up on it, you choose to exclude yourself from finding it. I've had nearly double-digit ankle sprains since I was in high school, but it didn't turn me away from since I wanted to learn it.

The above 13 reasons are enough to show you that as a man, you have nothing to lose by trying dance. It builds skills and abilities that you otherwise wouldn't develop. Whenever it comes the time in your future, if you have a son or daughter who wants to learn, or if you want to get married, learning dance will be so pivotal for you. You'll make some new friends as you dance with them. Nobody is there to make you feel inferior, as you are there to learn dance and also have some fun. So have that fun and make the most of it.

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