Dirty Pretty Things by Michael Faudet was definitely an interesting read. I discovered the book through an Orion Carloto’s youtube video and the style seemed quite similar to Orion’s own book ‘Flux’ and Rupi Kaur’s books as well. Since I’ve recently became obsessed with that style of poetry, it was only fitting that I moved on to Faudet’s book.
The author has a couple more books I want to read – Bitter Sweet Love and Smoke & Mirrors are next on my wishlist – but I started with the loved Dirty Pretty Things.
After my previous reads of the same style of books I wasn’t quite expecting the book to be so… graphic. I adored it still, but Michael makes Rupi’s honest harsh writing seem delicate and pure. If you’ve read the book, I guess you can gather what I’m trying to explain here. If you don’t know his work then I must warn you that you ought to be fairly comfortable with some raunchy readings, to put it nicely. I wouldn’t say that it’s cheap, but it’s definitely vivid. Michael is not
always here for your thoughtful metaphors, he often tells it like it is. With that being said, I do have to painfully admit that Faudet’s often falls into some expected cliches that don’t always work with me. But I’m still interested enough to order a few more books from him. Is was an easy, uncomplicated read, after all.
The book also got me interested in Lang Leav, Michael’s partner and fellow writer, who wrote a sweet note at the beginning of the book, so my next order will be something from her.
I read Flux by Orion Carloto in a glimpse and it left me craving more. I was upset when it ended, I related too much with Orion’s heartbreak.
I first stumble upon Orion through Youtube, one of her online platforms, and I remember that I adored the complex simplicity of her videos. One of the first I watched was called ‘Dirty Pretty Things‘, a video inspired by a book of the same name written by Michael Faudet – the book remains in my wishlist and the video remains one of my favourites. I was excited that she was coming out with a book, and I had to buy as soon as I found out.
I first grabbed the book on a sunday morning, after having woken up in a good mood before the alarm clock rang, and while I took a sip of my morning coffee I read the first pages (as it is advised by the author).
The book is an easy read, although Orion’s vocabulary is quite different from Rupi’s, the poems are still endearing and they grab your attention easily. Simple words with strong meanings.
‘Your unsuitable lover‘ was the one of my absolute favourites along with many others.
I took it to work with me that day, finished it that morning and in ended up lending it to a college who scrolled through the pages and fell in love with it.
I kinda miss it though, I wish I could revisit the words while I’m still hangover from them. But, sharing good books should never be a regret, and I am glad that someone else can enjoy Orion’s words as much as I can.
Rupi Kaur was the first instapoet I found out about, and still remains one of my favourites. There’s something so mesmerizing about how she spits her heart out in a raw yet sweet manner. Her words are simple, yet felt, she is not trying to wow the reader, there are no flowers in her words, yet delicacy and emotion bleed through her work. Rupi Kaur’s poems are silk without the softness and I couldn’t be more honored to read them.
I first read milk and honey slightly over a year ago and I remember liking it from the first page, it was the first book I finished in a glimpse in a while. I took it with me to work, read it on the train, on the bus, during the lunch break and it ended to soon. It is important to mention that it ended on a good note. Although some pages feel like a punch, the book was kind enough to leave me without any hard feelings.
I had found out about the author through instagram, and it was instagram that let me know that a second book was coming. It was an obvious purchase, I had to buy it, for my sake. And here we are again, on the verge of finishing a book that went by too quickly.
Since I’m already missing it, I though I’d share a few pictures of my favourite pages.