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Maybe all the answers to all your questions are living within you, waiting to be discovered after finding more of yourself. Don’t Tell Me Not to Ask Why, Samantha King Holmes’s second solo poetry collection following her bestselling Born to Love, Cursed to Feel, is a mirror that reflects our honest truths. Holmes’s poems are like little stories, hooking readers while naviga Maybe all the answers to all your questions are living within you, waiting to be discovered after finding more of yourself. Don’t Tell Me Not to Ask Why, Samantha King Holmes’s second solo poetry collection following her bestselling Born to Love, Cursed to Feel, is a mirror that reflects our honest truths. Holmes’s poems are like little stories, hooking readers while navigating issues like body image, family relationships, loneliness, failed relationships, and finding belonging. Don’t Tell Me Not to Ask Why is a call to introspection, a demand for honesty, and an affirmation of second chances.


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Maybe all the answers to all your questions are living within you, waiting to be discovered after finding more of yourself. Don’t Tell Me Not to Ask Why, Samantha King Holmes’s second solo poetry collection following her bestselling Born to Love, Cursed to Feel, is a mirror that reflects our honest truths. Holmes’s poems are like little stories, hooking readers while naviga Maybe all the answers to all your questions are living within you, waiting to be discovered after finding more of yourself. Don’t Tell Me Not to Ask Why, Samantha King Holmes’s second solo poetry collection following her bestselling Born to Love, Cursed to Feel, is a mirror that reflects our honest truths. Holmes’s poems are like little stories, hooking readers while navigating issues like body image, family relationships, loneliness, failed relationships, and finding belonging. Don’t Tell Me Not to Ask Why is a call to introspection, a demand for honesty, and an affirmation of second chances.

30 review for Don't Tell Me Not to Ask Why: Poetry Prose

  1. 5 out of 5

    Renee Kiser

    4 1/2 stars. This book is wonderful. I recommend this collection if you want to read some youthful poems that are not wrapped up in bullshit but just simple, focused and connected. Here are some lines from a love poem I found so relatable and lovely: Bound to You 'They didn't teach me what love is There wasn't a good example set Romance gets focused on so much, but people forget to mention the substance Here I am concerning myself with your health and focusing on the minute details of your life 'cause I 4 1/2 stars. This book is wonderful. I recommend this collection if you want to read some youthful poems that are not wrapped up in bullshit but just simple, focused and connected. Here are some lines from a love poem I found so relatable and lovely: Bound to You 'They didn't teach me what love is There wasn't a good example set Romance gets focused on so much, but people forget to mention the substance Here I am concerning myself with your health and focusing on the minute details of your life 'cause I want you in mine' 'I've learned all the things it wasn't and so many of the ways it shouldn't feel They didn't tell me it could heal They didn't tell me what love is You're the one that showed me'

  2. 4 out of 5

    Linsey Stevens

    In February, I committed to reading and reviewing poetry and was really excited about this title. Unfortunately, I struggled to connect with or finish Don't Tell Me Not to Ask Why. It didn't engage my senses in a way that moved or inspired me. Instead, it struck me as a very raw grievance. This work is definitely reflective of incredible vulnerability, but as a reader I felt weighed down by it. Don't Tell Me Not to Ask Why elicited a lot of sympathy, but the self-awareness and "bigger picture" v In February, I committed to reading and reviewing poetry and was really excited about this title. Unfortunately, I struggled to connect with or finish Don't Tell Me Not to Ask Why. It didn't engage my senses in a way that moved or inspired me. Instead, it struck me as a very raw grievance. This work is definitely reflective of incredible vulnerability, but as a reader I felt weighed down by it. Don't Tell Me Not to Ask Why elicited a lot of sympathy, but the self-awareness and "bigger picture" vision that I long for in poetry seemed tangled up with a great deal of pain and anger that's yet to be sorted through. I appreciate Samatha King Homes' courage and think some readers will find solace in knowing they're not alone in the intensity of emotions and experiences she shares in Don't Tell Me Not to Ask Why's pages.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    My thoughts on this book are actually summarised well from the author themselves: "I'm going to be great, extraordinary / You just wait and see / Once I figure out who I'm supposed to be". I think this is probably quite true for their writing more than anything. I hate when I don't like a book of poetry, especially one as honest as this. Unfortunately, so much of this book came across as self-indulgent diary entries organised into lines. I wish so badly that this would have been put in front of My thoughts on this book are actually summarised well from the author themselves: "I'm going to be great, extraordinary / You just wait and see / Once I figure out who I'm supposed to be". I think this is probably quite true for their writing more than anything. I hate when I don't like a book of poetry, especially one as honest as this. Unfortunately, so much of this book came across as self-indulgent diary entries organised into lines. I wish so badly that this would have been put in front of beta readers and editors that would have critiqued it better, because there are some nuggets of real potential in here. However, they seem to be overwhelmed by a lot of pieces that don't hit the mark or have the impact that they're meant to. Maybe the shock factor affects some readers deeply, but as a victim of abuse myself, I found myself wishing the author had put more artistic care into her choices instead of going for vague emotionality. Her feelings are valid. Of course they are. But where is the growth, the self improvement, the truth under the raw spatterings of words on a page? That's what makes poetry. Unfortunately this just didn't work for me, but I have a feeling that maybe future books will be a lot better from this author.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Angelica

    This was a really nice book of original poetry. Often it felt as if I was reading someone’s private diary, as if I was eavesdropping into their mind at different stages of their life or reflections of a time that had profound impact on them. It was touching and raw. I’m positive that in her writings, she was able to release a great deal of emotions. Many of the poems are quite relatable, but the poem that struck a huge cord with me was titled, To My Vessel. That poem sucker punched me, as I real This was a really nice book of original poetry. Often it felt as if I was reading someone’s private diary, as if I was eavesdropping into their mind at different stages of their life or reflections of a time that had profound impact on them. It was touching and raw. I’m positive that in her writings, she was able to release a great deal of emotions. Many of the poems are quite relatable, but the poem that struck a huge cord with me was titled, To My Vessel. That poem sucker punched me, as I realize how I don’t offer enough self-love to my own vessel and what it’s gotten me through. I recommend this book to anyone who loves poetry and prose or for those who might need to be inspired to write their own healing prose. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the ability to read and review this work.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amy Layton

    Holmes' collection of poetry and prose is filled with beautiful longing, incredible vocabulary, and amazing topics.  She discusses family, childhood, love, bodies, travel, and more.  Her writing is aesthetically pleasing both in design and in word, and each poem asks for something different in response.  This is best read, in my opinion, with a cup of tea and near a window to gaze out of.  If you're a fan of poetry, don't miss out on this collection!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ajay Sawant

    I love this author but unfortunately, I was not impressed with this book. After reading the first 3 pages, I decided to return. It's very short and cliché. The name of the book was really catchy so it definitely made me read through half of it. Her previous book is wonderful

  7. 5 out of 5

    Miriam Rose

    I love this women's writing style and I felt every word on every of this collection. One of my new favorites. Totally top shelf-worthy.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ev

    some real highlights in here for me, a few page corners turned over to go back to, but a general modern poetry book about being broken ‘and making something really great out of that’.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    3.5

  10. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Kaufman

    remarkably visual prose, her writing invokes powerful emotions.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Books & Me

    𝐈 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐦𝐲 𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐬𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐉𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐂𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐌𝐞 𝐀𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐈 𝐚𝐥𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐚𝐩𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐬, 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐨𝐰𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐲 𝐝𝐚𝐲𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐦𝐬 𝐈 𝐥𝐞𝐟𝐭 𝐛𝐞𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐚 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐈 𝐟𝐞𝐥𝐭 𝐈 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐨𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Glaser

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    Andra Dom

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ksenia Saushkina

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