'Ice Cream And Suicide' Is A Poetical Calamity

'Ice Cream And Suicide' Is A Poetical Calamity

No, I am not planning on getting ice cream and then killing myself.

Imma be clear, this is not a suicidal letter.

Ice Cream And Suicide is the name of a poetry book that I got for my birthday from one of my closest friends. (She was also the one who gave me the coloring book.)

The day she asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I casually said a poetry book. Thus her search for a good poetry book began. We spent a good thirty minutes going through Amazon looking at options. In the end, Ice Cream and Suicide was chosen.

While reading the book, I was transported into the mind and soul of the author. In his book, Jack Ray pours melancholy, bitterness, and sadness in a golden goblet encrusted with precious stones and crystals.

Throughout this emotional journey, I not only learned about the heartbreaking adventure the author went through before writing this book, I, somehow, became aware that there were still demons I hadn't let go of. Through some of these empowering poems, I was able to find a release I didn't know I needed.

I think it would be selfish if I didn't share some of the amazing pieces found in this book, so I decided to share them with you today.

"Stay Determined"

Keep pushing forward,
So one day you can take
A look behind you
See all the ones
Who've ever wronged you
And scream
"Fuck you too"

"Don't Forget To Leave a Tip"

There's not much difference
Between fire and ice.
Both share the same hue of yellow with gold.
Both lean and selfish to the user.
They each deliver death through burns,
And the lucky survivors might even
scar for a lifetime.
I could only imagine the agony of it all.

Yet both are essential to our life.
And of course by that I mean
They give us a choice of
How we want our coffee to be served
Hot or iced, yet still one and the same.
You're gonna get your coffee either way
And Lord knows
That coffee's gonna kill you.

"Plan B"

Say it with me...
I am strong.
I am good enough.
I will never be
Someone's backup plan.

To be fairly honest, these were some of the empowering ones. Most of the poems in this book are really depressing, and I didn't want to show them because I didn't want you to think that I am a suicidal shit... Which I definitely ain't.

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1. "You're braver than you believe and stronger and smarter than you think." 

2. "Think it over, think it under." 

3. "Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day." 

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5. "It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?"

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8. "Could be worse. Not sure how, but it could be." 

9. "To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks." 

10. "Home is the comfiest place to be." 

11. "So perhaps the best thing to do is to stop writing introductions, and get on with the book." 

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13. "One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries." 

14. "Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved." 

15. "It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine." 

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5 Songs to Add to Your Playlist This Month

Spring into finals week (and the summer) by "cleaning up" your playlist


Here are some fun, fresh new tracks to check out as you finish out the rest of the school year and help you get out of your "music comfort zone!"

“Patience” by Tame Impala 

Genre: Electronic/Alternative

Tame Impala FINALLY released new music (!!), and this track is absolutely stunning. With frontrunner Kevin Parker staying on brand with the band's psychedelic, seemingly ethereal style, it sounds like a combination of 70s soft rock and waves of modern-day electronica, with Parker's voice drifting in and out in a kind of otherworldly, mellowed-out manner.

“Harmony Hall” by Vampire Weekend 

Genre: Alternative/Indie Pop

Vampire Weekend is also releasing an album, entitled "Father of the Bride", on May 3rd. From the looks of it, this track relates to the theme of marriage/weddings present in the album's title, and it is a fun, upbeat song that I have been listening to a lot in the morning as I'm getting ready for class! Ezra Koenig's voice is so unique and can cover a broad range, and I highly recommend listening to some of the band's other work as well ("Step" from their 2013 release "Modern Vampires of the City" is one of my all-time favorite songs!).

“Ready to Let Go” by Cage the Elephant 

Genre: Alternative/Alternative Rock

So many great artists are (finally) releasing new albums this year, and Cage the Elephant falls into this category. This track is an absolute banger and doesn't stray much from the band's style in that it includes a lot of loud guitar and dynamic vocals. Like Vampire Weekend, Cage the Elephant has been around since the early 2000s, and I highly recommend checking out some of their earlier work as well (big fan of their most recent album, actually!)

“Apple Orchard” by Beach House 

Genre: Indie/Electronic

Beach House is one of my favorite bands of all time, as I find a kind of an ethereal, beautiful sadness in the dreamy style of instrumentalist Alex Scally and lucid vocals of singer Victoria Legrand. This track is from their 2006 self-titled debut and is probably one of my favorite songs they've ever released. The lyrics are poetic and perfect for the post-finals enjoyment of spring weather, in that they preach relaxation and restfulness, and the song's electronic rhythms echo the essence of spring as well. If you like this song, then I highly recommend checking out the band's other albums as well (Depression Cherry is one of my favorite albums of all time).

“April Come She Will” by Simon & Garfunkel 

Genre: 60s Pop

No spring playlist is complete without a little Simon & Garfunkel! This song is a classic, its timeless, poetic lyrics capturing the epitome of the coming of spring and all its glory. In fact, I consider the entire album (entitled Sound of Silence) to be perfect for the pleasantness and feelings of renewal/natural revitalization associated with the coming months, so be sure to give it a listen if you haven't heard it before!

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