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Tell me, Atlas. What is heavier: the world or its people’s hearts? In her debut poetry collection, Darshana Suresh explores what it means to be alive, and how hurting and healing can often be overwhelmingly intertwined. She does not write about recovery. Instead, she writes about carrying on until you are ready to recover.


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Tell me, Atlas. What is heavier: the world or its people’s hearts? In her debut poetry collection, Darshana Suresh explores what it means to be alive, and how hurting and healing can often be overwhelmingly intertwined. She does not write about recovery. Instead, she writes about carrying on until you are ready to recover.

30 review for Howling at the Moon (Celestial Bodies Poetry)

  1. 4 out of 5

    eleni

    Here's another secret: some days I am falling in love and other days I am just falling. Here's a bigger secret: I cannot tell those days apart. Here's the biggest secret: I don't want to fall anymore. I don't want to die. Here's another secret: some days I am falling in love and other days I am just falling. Here's a bigger secret: I cannot tell those days apart. Here's the biggest secret: I don't want to fall anymore. I don't want to die.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I received a free review copy of this book from the publisher. This is a poetry collection about not being okay, and about dealing with that until you can recover. It’s about being human and loving others and loving yourself. It’s about sadness and hope. I don’t tend to read poetry quickly. It’s something I’m unused to, compared to novels, and I like to give it time to sit with me. I like to make sure I’m understanding and taking it all in, and it’s common for me to read only a few pages at a time I received a free review copy of this book from the publisher. This is a poetry collection about not being okay, and about dealing with that until you can recover. It’s about being human and loving others and loving yourself. It’s about sadness and hope. I don’t tend to read poetry quickly. It’s something I’m unused to, compared to novels, and I like to give it time to sit with me. I like to make sure I’m understanding and taking it all in, and it’s common for me to read only a few pages at a time. But there was something about this collection that I couldn’t let go of. It was captivating and hard to put down and I read it in two sittings. That’s not to say that I didn’t absorb this the way I usually like to, because I read the majority of these poems three times over before continuing to the next. I got lost in them, I wanted to remember them, they all felt so touching and true. I sometimes had a hard time flipping the page, moving onto the next set of words, because I wanted to live in this one poem forever. And then I was amazed when it happened again on the next page, and a few pages after that, and the next after that. This has become a new favorite of mine, and I know for a fact I’ll be rereading it, probably multiple times. Whereas I usually highlight a few lines while reading poetry, I’m kind of glad that this ebook format didn’t allow for it, because I found entire poems that I would have highlighted-my highlights probably would have covered most of the book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mia Ivy

    I read the entire thing within a few hours because I felt physically incapable of putting it down and leaving it for more than five minutes. Suresh's work isn't preoccupied with hiding the true meaning of the words or drawn-out metaphors, making it wonderfully accessibly and a lovely, lovely read. Not that poetry like that is bad, or someone Howling at the Moon is "lesser" - it isn't, it is on par with many great collections out there, however unlike a lot of prestigious collections, I devoured I read the entire thing within a few hours because I felt physically incapable of putting it down and leaving it for more than five minutes. Suresh's work isn't preoccupied with hiding the true meaning of the words or drawn-out metaphors, making it wonderfully accessibly and a lovely, lovely read. Not that poetry like that is bad, or someone Howling at the Moon is "lesser" - it isn't, it is on par with many great collections out there, however unlike a lot of prestigious collections, I devoured this and can remember so much of it and her words will stick with me, I'm certain. Another thing I enjoyed was the openness about how Suresh is talking about girls. As a bisexual girl, I liked how relatable it was to read poetry from another woman who likes women. I would read parts of it and think "yes, that is me, I've felt like that about a girl once" without seeing it through the lens of heterosexuality. Maybe this isn't an important facet to poetry like it is to me, that's fair enough, and if it isn't maybe the frankness about depression and anxiety that someone remains poetic and un-triggering will appeal to you as it did to me. I'm very bad at writing reviews but I recommend looking into reading this.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shainna

    This book ripped my heart out, tore it to pieces, then fixed it up and put it back in.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lexi Vranick

    This is an exquisite collection of poetry. It's so thoughtful and heartfelt, and is truly written from the soul. It's a book that grabs onto your heart and doesn't let go. Suresh is such a wonderful talent and I'm so grateful to have found her words. She has an incredible of writing about hard topics, about things that a lot of people would consider ugly or would want to hide, with a gentle but honest hand. Though the content of the book can oftentimes be heavy, Suresh's spirit remains light and This is an exquisite collection of poetry. It's so thoughtful and heartfelt, and is truly written from the soul. It's a book that grabs onto your heart and doesn't let go. Suresh is such a wonderful talent and I'm so grateful to have found her words. She has an incredible of writing about hard topics, about things that a lot of people would consider ugly or would want to hide, with a gentle but honest hand. Though the content of the book can oftentimes be heavy, Suresh's spirit remains light and hopeful even in its darkest moments. I truly cannot wait to read more from this incredible poet.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    What a wonderful collection of poems! I was very lucky to get a copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for a review. I had seen the the collection going around twitter and was hoping to get a copy eventually. Then this opportunity came along and after being able to read it I want to buy a copy more than ever. Howling at the Moon is not a long collection, just over a 100 pages. It's filled with lines like "Love is the way your body fights to keep you alive / Day after day." or like thi What a wonderful collection of poems! I was very lucky to get a copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for a review. I had seen the the collection going around twitter and was hoping to get a copy eventually. Then this opportunity came along and after being able to read it I want to buy a copy more than ever. Howling at the Moon is not a long collection, just over a 100 pages. It's filled with lines like "Love is the way your body fights to keep you alive / Day after day." or like this: "There’s this ache in my chest that I keep trying to write, but there are some things that just cannot be put into words. The moonlight, for example. Or the way the birds sound when you wake up in the morning despite thinking the past night would be your last." Darshana's poetry is achingly beautiful, full of every emotion imaginable. It's sometimes soft, and sometimes hard. It's everything you could want in a poetry book. It's inspiring. I read the entire collection in one day, but I've been going back to it every day since to read snippets here and there. I'm in love with it and I think you will be too. Go buy it, read it and consider reviewing it. I gave Howling at the Moon 4 stars on Goodreads.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Eve

    After following a lot of Darshana Suresh's poetry on tumblr, I was ecstatic to read 'Howling at the Moon'. This poetry collection is beautiful, melancholy, soft, and powerful. I'm so grateful I got a chance to read this collection, and will treasure the experience I had reading it for a long time. After following a lot of Darshana Suresh's poetry on tumblr, I was ecstatic to read 'Howling at the Moon'. This poetry collection is beautiful, melancholy, soft, and powerful. I'm so grateful I got a chance to read this collection, and will treasure the experience I had reading it for a long time.

  8. 5 out of 5

    sasha angélique

    that was a bit more intense than i remember. good intense. poetry and prose written with passion is always the best writing. this book was full of passion. i reread this. it's 5/10/2020 and this really is way better and way more intense than i remember. you know i was looking for a quote and realized it was from the description and not the book but i'm glad i was lead to the book. that was a bit more intense than i remember. good intense. poetry and prose written with passion is always the best writing. this book was full of passion. i reread this. it's 5/10/2020 and this really is way better and way more intense than i remember. you know i was looking for a quote and realized it was from the description and not the book but i'm glad i was lead to the book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    This was...good god, where do I start? The world is in this book. Your world. Your body. It's a mirror you didn't realize you were longing for. Please read it. This was...good god, where do I start? The world is in this book. Your world. Your body. It's a mirror you didn't realize you were longing for. Please read it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Laleska Alves

    i just don't feel like me anymore, & it's not fair to answer the phone when the person they're looking for is no longer in this body. when the girl they all used to love now looks looks more wolf than girl now. i want to say that i'm sorry, but she's eaten even the ache. I don't know what to say. I'm just so glad I read this book. Mental illness and heartbreak aren't beautiful at all, but her writing sure as hell is. i just don't feel like me anymore, & it's not fair to answer the phone when the person they're looking for is no longer in this body. when the girl they all used to love now looks looks more wolf than girl now. i want to say that i'm sorry, but she's eaten even the ache. I don't know what to say. I'm just so glad I read this book. Mental illness and heartbreak aren't beautiful at all, but her writing sure as hell is.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cheyenne Raine

    submerged in moon phases here’s what i thought: a lunar cycle of healing, of hurt, of emotions. i don’t know how else to describe this piece. the poetry was well- crafted and the word choice was beautiful. but, it was the topics and the expressions that truly draw you in and ask you to heal. ask you to hurt. to give in to the moon.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Meryana

    this anthology is as magical, as kind, as honest and as deserving of admiration and unconditional love as its author. more beautiful than moonlight.

  13. 5 out of 5

    connie

    5/5 stars This was so good, I'm not sure I even have the words. I read this using Kindle Unlimited but I honestly regret not just buying a physical copy through the publisher's website straight away. It's a phenomenal collection, and Darshana Suresh writes poetry so beautifully it left me with chills at points. I read a lot of this on one bus ride, and I teared up quite a lot on that journey. Definitely, 100 percent my new favourite poetry collection, and one I'll be recommending to my friends. 5/5 stars This was so good, I'm not sure I even have the words. I read this using Kindle Unlimited but I honestly regret not just buying a physical copy through the publisher's website straight away. It's a phenomenal collection, and Darshana Suresh writes poetry so beautifully it left me with chills at points. I read a lot of this on one bus ride, and I teared up quite a lot on that journey. Definitely, 100 percent my new favourite poetry collection, and one I'll be recommending to my friends.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rishika Aggarwal

    I've been following Darshana on Tumblr for a while now, and I've been waiting to read Howling at the Moon since it first published, and I have to say it did not disappoint in the least. Darshana Suresh's poetry is collection is exquisitely painful - but it's the beautiful kind of painful, the kind that tears at the places that need to be torn. The kind that is necessary and gorgeous, and keeps you going back for more. This collection is an intensely private collection, filled with stories of love I've been following Darshana on Tumblr for a while now, and I've been waiting to read Howling at the Moon since it first published, and I have to say it did not disappoint in the least. Darshana Suresh's poetry is collection is exquisitely painful - but it's the beautiful kind of painful, the kind that tears at the places that need to be torn. The kind that is necessary and gorgeous, and keeps you going back for more. This collection is an intensely private collection, filled with stories of love and loss. But despite the intimacy of it, it's still a viscerally relatable collection as well. Her poetry is heavy, the kind that sinks into your stomach and doesn't let go. I'm the kind of person that reads poetry quickly, in a sitting or two, but this took time - which, in this case, is a good thing. This is the kind of poetry that needs to be digested, the kind where each poem burrows into your skin and you need to let it sink away before you can continue. And for all that this collection is private and intimate, it's still relevant. It's still the kind of poetry that speaks volumes and resounds, especially in the environment that is unfolding around the world right now. 'That was the year we all something,' she says in her poem Chestful of Ache, and this collection is full of loss. It's so full of loss, but it's the necessary loss that needs to be felt. That needs to be talked about, and needs to be read. This has quickly become one of my new favourite collections of poetry - I don't plan on putting this on my bookshelves anytime soon. I know I'll be going back to reread it so often that the trips to and fro my shelves won't be worth it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cami

    Aaaaah, this made my heart hurt, these poems stung like the alcohol used to clean wounds does. They made me wanna cry, felt like a loving hug and someone saying "I hear you, I feel you." It felt like validation. @Maddie I wouldn't have found this if you hadn't reviewed it and i'd like to thank you for that <3 Aaaaah, this made my heart hurt, these poems stung like the alcohol used to clean wounds does. They made me wanna cry, felt like a loving hug and someone saying "I hear you, I feel you." It felt like validation. @Maddie I wouldn't have found this if you hadn't reviewed it and i'd like to thank you for that <3

  16. 4 out of 5

    Daneil Newcomb

    This collection swallows me whole. I see my depression in these pages, and it's a little terrifying and a little astonishing. This collection swallows me whole. I see my depression in these pages, and it's a little terrifying and a little astonishing.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Z. N.

    Lovely debut collection by a gifted young poet.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    I didn't know anything about the author before reading this, but it makes absolute sense to me that she is 19 -- a lot of these poems read like early experiments. There are some great, surprising lines -- "Paper decorations, punch glitter-smudged cheeks; the whole set. Silver dress, gold hair piled up into a crown" -- but too often they are undercut by "tell"-y, conventional language, like this toward the middle of "She Told Me She Wanted to Mean Something": "You're gonna turn arrow, turn sword, turn I didn't know anything about the author before reading this, but it makes absolute sense to me that she is 19 -- a lot of these poems read like early experiments. There are some great, surprising lines -- "Paper decorations, punch glitter-smudged cheeks; the whole set. Silver dress, gold hair piled up into a crown" -- but too often they are undercut by "tell"-y, conventional language, like this toward the middle of "She Told Me She Wanted to Mean Something": "You're gonna turn arrow, turn sword, turn bloody battleground." Those lines are SO GOOD. But then comes this: "What a beautiful mess you are." And the poem absolutely loses me. I am pretty tied to brevity & the economy of line in poetry that I love, and in longer poems, I expect all the words to be working hard. My problem here was just too many lazy words. If Suresh puts out another book in the future, I'd probably take a look at it because I see so many interesting things *starting* to happen here -- they're just not quite at the level I want my poetry to be. [See [book:Our Andromeda|13592222] for what I look for in poetry.]

  19. 5 out of 5

    Laurel

    I’m not biased here but Darshana is one of the best contemporary poets I’ve read and I’m so happy I finally got to read this collection. It was heartbreaking and beautiful and full of so much soul. I’m inspired and awed. “The world is so heavy, but somehow, sometime along the way, we got used to the weight” I love.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kyra

    4.5 stars. You know how, eventually, there is one past lover whom you compare every other potential partner? They weren't perfect. They made you cry, but they also made you feel deserving of a bright and happy future. This is the poetry book I shall compare most others to. Imagine being 19 and writing so beautifully you make grown ass adults cry like babies. 4.5 stars. You know how, eventually, there is one past lover whom you compare every other potential partner? They weren't perfect. They made you cry, but they also made you feel deserving of a bright and happy future. This is the poetry book I shall compare most others to. Imagine being 19 and writing so beautifully you make grown ass adults cry like babies.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Zhang

    Reading this collection, all I could really think the whole time was, this just feels like Siken. There are some really gorgeous quotes but the feel of it, the themes, the voice, felt eerily familiar in a way that actually detracted away from the collection, for me. Somehow, it didn't feel as matured; there was a blunted aspect to everything, not as raw or emotionally sharp; I enjoyed it, Suresh has a gorgeous turn of phrase at times, but there was nothing new or earth-shattering on offer and (i Reading this collection, all I could really think the whole time was, this just feels like Siken. There are some really gorgeous quotes but the feel of it, the themes, the voice, felt eerily familiar in a way that actually detracted away from the collection, for me. Somehow, it didn't feel as matured; there was a blunted aspect to everything, not as raw or emotionally sharp; I enjoyed it, Suresh has a gorgeous turn of phrase at times, but there was nothing new or earth-shattering on offer and (in my personal opinion) Crush just did it better.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin Conlon

    I've been following Darshana on tumblr for quite some time now. I've been meaning to read her book for ages, as I've always adored what I've read of hers. Even with all of that expectation, I was blown away. As a first collection this is one of the most poignant ones I've ever read. Hell, not even just first collections. This is the book I have been trying to write ever since I began my love affair with poetry. This is the mantra I needed to chant. My only regret is that I didn't purchase this b I've been following Darshana on tumblr for quite some time now. I've been meaning to read her book for ages, as I've always adored what I've read of hers. Even with all of that expectation, I was blown away. As a first collection this is one of the most poignant ones I've ever read. Hell, not even just first collections. This is the book I have been trying to write ever since I began my love affair with poetry. This is the mantra I needed to chant. My only regret is that I didn't purchase this book as soon as I was able to. That being said, I need a hard copy immediately. This kindle version is NOT going to cut it for me. I need to highlight and dog-ear and note-take & just, make a home in these pages. God.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Content warning: suicidal thoughts, injury detail, self-harm, blood, death of a loved one I read this collection in one sitting. Suresh is the best poet of our generation. Her words wound and heal you. She is literally poetry itself. Howling at the Moon is transcendent. It takes you to all the places you don’t want to return to, the hurt in your past, the grief, the loss, the pain of existence. She exposes all of this and says: you’re still here, you’ve survived. Hurting and healing is not that d Content warning: suicidal thoughts, injury detail, self-harm, blood, death of a loved one I read this collection in one sitting. Suresh is the best poet of our generation. Her words wound and heal you. She is literally poetry itself. Howling at the Moon is transcendent. It takes you to all the places you don’t want to return to, the hurt in your past, the grief, the loss, the pain of existence. She exposes all of this and says: you’re still here, you’ve survived. Hurting and healing is not that different from each other. Truly.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lameeya

    How lovely is this book! I am in love. This is quite possibly my favourite book of poetry. The words live in me now, I've read this so many times. I've smiled with it, cried with it and sighed with it. I absolutely fucking love this gorgeous book. How lovely is this book! I am in love. This is quite possibly my favourite book of poetry. The words live in me now, I've read this so many times. I've smiled with it, cried with it and sighed with it. I absolutely fucking love this gorgeous book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jacky

    Each piece of this book is a blessing. Each piece if this book either broke my heart and made me cry or made me feel happy and confident.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Prado

    the first half was better than the second, but overall a really solid collection.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Vehka Kurjenmiekka

    Some gems, but mostly average I always feel bad when writing reviews like this, but I have to say that this collection felt a bit rushed. There were a few really good poems, but also some ramblings and fill-the-gaps ones, and I think this collection could have been a lot better with some patience and more proofreading. I'm waiting eagerly for the next one. Some gems, but mostly average I always feel bad when writing reviews like this, but I have to say that this collection felt a bit rushed. There were a few really good poems, but also some ramblings and fill-the-gaps ones, and I think this collection could have been a lot better with some patience and more proofreading. I'm waiting eagerly for the next one.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Moon

    4/5 stars I found myself having the opposite issue of the one I normally do with poetry. This collection is so beautifully written, but I didn't fully connect with it. There were lines that hit me hard, but overall, I didn't feel as many emotions as I normally do. It is really beautiful though so I'd still recommend you check it out! It just wasn't fully for me. 4/5 stars I found myself having the opposite issue of the one I normally do with poetry. This collection is so beautifully written, but I didn't fully connect with it. There were lines that hit me hard, but overall, I didn't feel as many emotions as I normally do. It is really beautiful though so I'd still recommend you check it out! It just wasn't fully for me.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    favorite poems: pliant, wishes & fruit stains, when survival does not suffice

  30. 5 out of 5

    Elise Harwell

    “There are so many good things / in this world, / and every one starts and / ends in your eyes.”

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