I Wrote This For You: 2007-2017 by Iain S. Thomas

I Wrote This For You: 2007-2017

I need you to understand something. Ten years ago, I started writing this for you. I wrote it for you and only you. Since then, millions of other people have read it, but none have understood it the way you understand it. I set out to find you a long time ago and today, I'm so glad I finally have. Thank you for reading these words.***I Wrote This For You is a collaborative...

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  • Nicole

    I Wrote This For You: 2007 - 2017 !!! First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

     

    Sitting here for the last few minutes, trying to figure out how to best put into words how much I loved this book.

     

    Summary: I need you to understand something. Ten years ago, I started writing this for you. I wrote it for you and only you. Since then, millions of other people have read it, but none have understood it the way you understand it. I set out to find you a long time ago and today, I'm so

    I Wrote This For You: 2007 - 2017 !!! First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

     

    Sitting here for the last few minutes, trying to figure out how to best put into words how much I loved this book.

     

    Summary: I need you to understand something. Ten years ago, I started writing this for you. I wrote it for you and only you. Since then, millions of other people have read it, but none have understood it the way you understand it. I set out to find you a long time ago and today, I'm so glad I finally have. Thank you for reading these words.I Wrote This For You is a collaborative photography and prose project. (Almost) every day, the photographer sends the writer a new photograph from wherever he is in the world. The writer creates a poem or short piece of prose inspired by the photograph and focused on whoever might be reading the work, or "you." The writer and the photographer have never met.

     

    This book, the collection of photographs and poems, is just too beautiful for words. So many of these poems tugged on every one of my heartstrings, made me feel all the things and made me really think. I love this. I seriously don't know how people can do that, make you feel all the things with just a few lines.

     

    I highlightes so many of these poems that I wanna re-read whenever I need them. But also, overall, this is one of those books, that I wanna re-read a few times as a whole, cause it's so beautiful.

  • Amanda Lovelace

    official blurb: "thomas's poetry knows your every passing thought & worry & somehow knows just what medicine you need to treat your wounds. the reading experience is something akin to having a late-night coffee date with yourself: intimate but at times unnerving. by the end of your adventure, you will believe the

    series was written for you. for you and only you. and maybe it was."

  • Hamsa

    I want to give this more than five stars. This book holds everything I need at this point in my life, I will forever love Iain and he’ll always be my favorite.

  • Erica

    I will read this over and over. There are words for every life experience. The poetry in this book is some of the most poignant and beautiful I have ever read and the photography is magnificent. I am so glad I purchased this one instead of just getting it at the library.

  • Kei • lovelypagesreviews •

    My love for

    is endless. This is a collection of poetry and photography with new work, and old stuff. If you loved the previous one, you'll love this too.

  • Kathy

    "I Wrote This For You: 2007 - 2017" is a wonderful collections of photographs from all over the world coupled with prose. Iain S. Thomas starts off the book saying "I wrote this for you... I wrote this for you and only you...You were meant to read these words. Thank you for finding this."

    I found his prose to be beautiful, honest, and he often seems so on the mark with my own thoughts and feelings that it does seem as if this book were written for/to me. I don't know how he does it, but he speak

    "I Wrote This For You: 2007 - 2017" is a wonderful collections of photographs from all over the world coupled with prose. Iain S. Thomas starts off the book saying "I wrote this for you... I wrote this for you and only you...You were meant to read these words. Thank you for finding this."

    I found his prose to be beautiful, honest, and he often seems so on the mark with my own thoughts and feelings that it does seem as if this book were written for/to me. I don't know how he does it, but he speaks in few words for himself, for me, for all of humanity.

    I LOVE THIS BOOK and will keep it and read it again and again and again. I hope you find it and read it too.

    Many thanks to NetGalley and Central Avenue Publishing.

  • Charlie

    Stunning and heartbreakingly beautiful. These poems hit me hard. This collection had photographs weaved within the poems and it was a nice touch to an already stellar bind-up. The poems within the collection ranged from short and poignant to a bit longer and powerful as well. I particularly liked the poem "The Children of Time." There is just something about this collection that hits you hard and makes you ache for more. Half of this book has been highlighted and bookmarked. I Wrote This For You

    Stunning and heartbreakingly beautiful. These poems hit me hard. This collection had photographs weaved within the poems and it was a nice touch to an already stellar bind-up. The poems within the collection ranged from short and poignant to a bit longer and powerful as well. I particularly liked the poem "The Children of Time." There is just something about this collection that hits you hard and makes you ache for more. Half of this book has been highlighted and bookmarked. I Wrote This For You:2007-2017, will forever hold a piece of me and its words will haunt and stay by me for years to come. Definitely pick this up, if you are a fan of poetry. This will not disappoint.

    Note: I was sent this as an e-book from NetGalley for an honest review.

  • Amanda

    Beautiful, there is a poem in here for everyone and I definitely related to many. Some I even reread before turning the page, but certain poems I liked more than others. The visualizations of the photography really brought the words to life. You can absolutely tell that this book was written for you. Recommended to all poetry fans!

    Thank you to the publisher & netgalley! Definitely enjoyed this book!

  • Judi

    My Disclaimer:

    I was provided a complimentary copy of this book. I am voluntarily providing an honest review in which all opinions are fully my own. I am not being compensated in any way.

    ~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review

    What it’s about…

    This is the collected poems by Iain S. Thomas over a decade. They deal with the sense of loneliness and the attempt to connect with another, to reach out and touch another soul, another being. To not be empty.

    There are approximately 400 poems in this collection.

    My Disclaimer:

    I was provided a complimentary copy of this book. I am voluntarily providing an honest review in which all opinions are fully my own. I am not being compensated in any way.

    ~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review

    What it’s about…

    This is the collected poems by Iain S. Thomas over a decade. They deal with the sense of loneliness and the attempt to connect with another, to reach out and touch another soul, another being. To not be empty.

    There are approximately 400 poems in this collection. Each has a date. Some go for several pages and some barely cover several lines. Only the ones written for you will speak to you.

    There are also images incorporated into the collection. Some of them relate directly to the poem they are with, others do not.

    Technical Tidbits…

    The cover of handwritten text on an abstract background is quite appropriate for this book. It’s not exactly eye-catching, but it is appropriate. Something bright and cheery or terribly formatted would have been very incongruent to the subject and presentation of the work within the book.

    Writing Quality of poetry is difficult to evaluate unless you are going to look at the technical aspect of it. Freeform does not lend itself to that approach. And this is certainly freeform.

    The good, the bad, and the ugly…and how much it lit up my life… ✰✰✰⭒

    I sat and read this whole book in one sitting, from the first page all the way to the last. I read every poem and looked at every photo. So poems I read more than once, and there are some I highlighted for future reference.

    There are about 400 poems in this collection. It’s hard to count them accurately with the way they are written in parts of the ARC I have. Less than 10%, about 1/12, actually only 36 of the poems had meaning for me out of those 400-ish poems. No, that’s not a majority, but it is a lot of poems. It’s a whole lot of words. And I found a lot of meaning in those words. Some of the poems sounded like what my friends and I used to write when we were younger and traded our journals to share our work. The angst of youth. The work seemed fairly youthful to me with a good flow of thought. There was good imagery in a lot of it. There was also a lot of insight into the human condition of pain at parting and the pain generally found in relationships. The pain of loneliness when alone is empty.

    I want to share a poem from this collection with you:

    The First Day On Earth

    Monday, July 30, 2012

    Firstly, you need to relax. I know it’s not as warm as it once was but you get used

    to the cold and warmth can be found in the people around you.

    Secondly, do not

    Get used to crying to get things. Some people never grow out of

    it. Avoid them.

    Spend time around people who smile in the face of despair.

    Learn from them all

    you can. Everyone is a lesson. A story. A unique and wondrous

    perspective on

    the chaos that is human existence. The more people you talk to,

    the more you

    understand it. But never speak if you have the opportunity to

    listen. Especially

    if you want someone to like you. There’s nothing you can say

    that’ll endear

    someone to you as much as really and truly listening to them.

    You are on day

    one of a sometimes remarkable, sometimes terrible, sometimes

    beautiful, strange

    and always completely unknown journey. Be ok with this.

    Worrying about what

    happens next will ruin the surprise. You will meet strange

    people along the way,

    some good, some bad. This is a pattern that will more than likely

    repeat constantly as you grow up. Some things will be good,

    some things will be bad. Neither

    will ever last forever. Nothing will stay the same. Appreciate

    every moment of

    happiness and remember it when you despair. Hold them close.

    And when you are happy, remember the moments of despair

    and think to yourself, “I told you so.”

    Never let someone else define you. You are your own creation

    and only you decide how you feel, who you are and what you

    want. This can be scary at first but it is

    liberating to truly and utterly embrace your own identity. People

    who hate you for

    not being like them are not worth hating back. Please, let go of

    hate whenever you can. Accept love whenever it is given and

    give it out freely. It is the most powerful

    force on Earth.

    Enjoy your stay.

  • Jessica | Booked J

    As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via NetGalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way. Review also posted

    .

    Sometimes, poetry is the only thing that speaks to certain parts of our souls or minds or hearts. It can scrape past the superficial lines of who we are and touch on something deeply.

    is one of those collections that touches on something so raw and vulnerable, you often squirm from the way i

    As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via NetGalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way. Review also posted

    .

    Sometimes, poetry is the only thing that speaks to certain parts of our souls or minds or hearts. It can scrape past the superficial lines of who we are and touch on something deeply.

    is one of those collections that touches on something so raw and vulnerable, you often squirm from the way it makes you feel. This is my first experience in Iain S. Thomas' work but I can see what compels his fans to reach out and hope to touch the words he pens.

    Life is full of so many complexities and like so many of his counterparts, he exposes parts of these traits in a way that makes readers feel attached to the very words he writes. It also lends a hand in exploring who we are as people--connecting our thoughts to his and then back again. When reading

    , you find yourself in the lines of a poem and suddenly, you're no longer completely alone. This is not something to be taken lightly; you will find yourself highlighting and tabbing many sections of the prose. It is the very type of collection you pick up and by the time you're finished, you are itching to submerge yourself in the pages once more.

    You may be wondering why I didn't give the collection five stars--there were many moments in it that felt... oh, let's say, less powerful than others. This isn't a bad thing. Or uncommon. I had a section of

    stuck on loop in my mind for days after reading it--but there were some parts that were tedious in tone, too familiar and weak in comparison to the rest, that made a few parts slower to me. At the end of the day, this means nothing. For the work speaks to me on different levels than it will to the author or readers. And that's perfect.

    I've said it before and I'll say it again--modern poetry has really taken a hit from the literary world in a way that makes me flinch in annoyance. They've forgotten what it means to be a poet. They've just decided what makes poetry appealing to them.

    is modern poetry at its rawest and there's nothing anyone can say that makes me feel differently about it. Something about it is so undeniably special and full of spark that you can't help but to be drawn by it. For writers, you pick it up and suddenly remember this is why you read and write to begin with. To feel something.

    does all of that and more. It reminds you to feel and to live all at once and that is the truest form of beauty.

    There are parts of me that feel tingly just from reading it. Like a buzz spreading from the tips of my fingers throughout the rest of my body. What I loved most about it was the intimate connection we receive from the words to us, the way photography plays a part in the way everything is expressed in such a small amount of pages and of course the lasting impression it leaves upon us.

    I also appreciated the timeline and dates included to every poem. Prose can be told in real time or no time at all, but the way that this is set up--told through the time of a decade--is just beautifully done. I adored it. I'm almost a little glad that I hadn't read any of this before because seeing it told in this manner, in one collection, feels right for me. It's the perfect collection to wrap up a stellar year of releases. I loved it!

    You know the words are good when you feel like they were, indeed, written for you.


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