“you and i, we are linked in love and the energy that steadily courses through the universe. we are trying.”
I’ve always adored Madisen’s writing and I’m so glad her latest book didn’t disappoint! Please Don’t Go Before I Get Better focuses on the transition from being nineteen to twenty and all of the obstacles in between. As I read the book, I felt like I was her best friend, hearing her thoughts and feelings as she falls in and out of love with others and even with herself. Paired with relatable illustrations, “Please Don’t Let Me Go Before I Get Better” follows her as she meets new people, as she moves through different parts of the country, and as she searches for a place that feels like home. Having this book felt like having a delicate, fragile journal in my hands and I’m so grateful Madisen chose to share her heart-wrenching and personal style of writing in this second book.
“i crave a city where i can be no one, where i can blend into the humming repetition of sidewalks and polluted air” – sufficiency
For the heartbroken, her vulnerable words are like a warm, reassuring hug that with time, healing is possible. For those in love, this book will feel like absolute magic. And for those neither in love or out of it, but instead just going through the stages of adulthood, this book is also for you.
I gave the book four stars instead of five, because I found some of the poems to feel like “fluff” or fillers, rather than thought-provoking or emotional verses, which is inevitable in majority of poetry books. The synopsis also compared Madisen to Rupi Kaur, which I did not entirely agree with. Madisen’s style is definitely more complex and descriptive, and much of the prose was written in journal-style form versus Rupi’s simple “instagram caption” poetry.
Madisen Kuhn’s second poetry book, “Please Don’t Go Before I Get Better” is out now and I highly recommend you grab yourself a copy.