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The Anatomy of Being
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I think every writer's goal is to make their reader stop and think: 'I've been searching for these words my whole life'.

I read this poetry collection and I had to stop multiple times.

Being in your early 20s is a hard, confusing time for a woman. You feel that you're too old to be carefree and adventurous and too young to enter the realms of real adulthood. We start thinking about our relationships not for the first time, but perhaps with more intensity than before. You'll be stupid, you'll question yourself, you'll worry your family, you'll fall in love with the wrong people and you'll discover little pieces of yourself without realising.

You may even feel that these words know you better than you do.

Shinji Moon's verse is as beautiful as it is haunting, and is centred around themes of love, heartbreak and yearning. It's a struggle between independence of the self and the need to be cherished and accepted by others.

I finished this collection and I was aching. I think it's a must-read not only for women my age, but for anyone who's ever loved intensely or longed to, for people who idealise the future and for those who look back on their younger, more broken selves with a sense of nostalgia.

I've read this book three times now and it still makes me stop. Every time is now stronger than the last.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2013
This is astonishingly beautiful writing, especially given that Shinji is not yet twenty. I'll admit, the collection is not perfect, but it really did take my breath away. I read the whole thing in one go and was underlining parts as I went. Beautiful, simply beautiful. I've never read love poetry this good.
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on 6 April 2014
I bought this out of the blue - saw it rated well on various poetry collection websites and thought I'd try it. I am not disappointed.

She has such a talent, and her words envelope the reader, I find it incredibly powerful and comforting to read such powerful work on raw emotions, desperation, loss, love etc.

Unfortunately, as another reviewer has mentioned, Amazon uk print this themselves and the pages smell disgusting. It does affect my reading experience, so I hold the book as far from my nose as possible, whilst still being able to read it. A real shame, but the collection of poems themselves are too good to miss. If you can find an original edition (not freshly printed) then do as additionally to the vile smell several poems also run onto multiple pages in a disruptive way - not as I imagine the writer intended. For example just the few last words of one poem might run onto a new page and this does interrupt the rhythm and flow of the works.

Regardless of these cons, this is an absolute diamond in the rough. Take a chance and I hope it profoundly affects you as much as it has me.
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on 24 January 2015
Absolutely outstanding work for someone so young. New favourite poet by far.
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on 17 July 2014
Incredibly beautiful and moving
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on 6 January 2015
i absolutely love this book
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on 16 April 2015
So beautiful and haunting
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 August 2013
Her writing is simply refreshing and what can be found on her blog but more.
I recommend but the amazon prints the book for you maybe I'm a bit sensitive the smell was a bit weird.
Great way to spend the summer
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