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A young girl exploring her place in the world attempts to slip into the identity of a saint. A woman bruised by rape culture rewrites her identity. A devoted skeptic experiences genuine conviction. These scenarios and more are the focus of Sorting Myself: a testament to the human experience.


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A young girl exploring her place in the world attempts to slip into the identity of a saint. A woman bruised by rape culture rewrites her identity. A devoted skeptic experiences genuine conviction. These scenarios and more are the focus of Sorting Myself: a testament to the human experience.

43 review for Sorting Myself: a collection of poetry

  1. 5 out of 5

    Linda Jenkinson

    I am not acquainted with the author and downloaded her book from Amazon.com. Sorting Myself is an excellent book of short poems. Sarahbeth Caplin looks candidly at questions that all of us ask which are often timeless in their no answer. Her verse is mostly free form, but you glide along it effortlessly. You may not have walked in her many shoes, but you will be able to relate. Her poetry left me with a plethora of quotes for my larder. From Writer's Block: "An injection of ink might help me think I am not acquainted with the author and downloaded her book from Amazon.com. Sorting Myself is an excellent book of short poems. Sarahbeth Caplin looks candidly at questions that all of us ask which are often timeless in their no answer. Her verse is mostly free form, but you glide along it effortlessly. You may not have walked in her many shoes, but you will be able to relate. Her poetry left me with a plethora of quotes for my larder. From Writer's Block: "An injection of ink might help me think of some way to be heard." In Authenticity she comments, "The best words are served whole for wise words are not to be minced." And mincing words is something you won't see from Ms. Caplin. The color of shame is cherry-tree is an insightful look at the double-standard frustration of being a woman in the modern era. I admire her shrewd use of structure, italicized parentheses in several poems that momentarily took you out of the current but kept you in the stream. One instance occurs in the short titled JM, which ends with a blank page that SHOUTS volumes. I have several more favorites, too many to list. This is definitely a book that will stay on my Kindle for frequent inspiration. (My personal guide for ratings are as follows: 5 stars, equal to any book of its genre, better than most; 4 stars, content that easily moves past a few formatting errors that do little or nothing to impact it, still highly recommended; 3 stars, technical errors or format choices impaired the flow of the book although I did enjoy the content. 2 stars, I struggled with the book due to either technical errors and/or a concept that was trite or underwritten. 1 star signifies a book that I abandoned before finishing due to structural errors in either plot or mechanics.)

  2. 4 out of 5

    S

    i have no words for this at all except for I LOVE IT. 4.5 stars for this one. more people should read this.

  3. 5 out of 5

    David III

    I like poetry. Let me rephrase that. I really love certain types of poetry. You know, the kind you might not understand on first reading, but it slams you in the gut with feeling. Understandingly, this is the kind of poetry I write. This collection is NOT that kind, and at first I continued reading only out of obligation (I had agreed to give an honest review). That being said, these pieces have a certain additive property. As I turned the pages, a rumbling began inside me that grew with each p I like poetry. Let me rephrase that. I really love certain types of poetry. You know, the kind you might not understand on first reading, but it slams you in the gut with feeling. Understandingly, this is the kind of poetry I write. This collection is NOT that kind, and at first I continued reading only out of obligation (I had agreed to give an honest review). That being said, these pieces have a certain additive property. As I turned the pages, a rumbling began inside me that grew with each page. These are simple pieces, some only a handful of lines long, not the complex surreal writings I usually read, but they started a resonance inside me, a story of a girl trying to find her place in the world and ultimately succeeding in defining that space. It may or may not have been the place she was searching for, but there definitely was a subtle power there. Don't base you opinion on this collection on 1 or 2 pages. Read the whole book and let it percolate. I think you'll find that you enjoy the flavor.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kiana Donae

    This collection of poetry of roughly about 50 poems, most short enough to only be a handful of lines is a journey of self introspection. While this is not the poetry that I write as an author, I appreciate them nonetheless. If you're looking for rhyming poetry, this is not the collection for you. This is free verse poetry, with rare rhymes sprinkled here and there. Like in Warrior's Creed: "Glorious kings forfeiting crowns, glowing brides in tattered gowns" These poems are filled with thought, se This collection of poetry of roughly about 50 poems, most short enough to only be a handful of lines is a journey of self introspection. While this is not the poetry that I write as an author, I appreciate them nonetheless. If you're looking for rhyming poetry, this is not the collection for you. This is free verse poetry, with rare rhymes sprinkled here and there. Like in Warrior's Creed: "Glorious kings forfeiting crowns, glowing brides in tattered gowns" These poems are filled with thought, self-reflection, and even retrospect. I enjoyed the imagery. It wasn't the punch you in the face imagery, it was subtle and would linger after you've read the words. In the poem On Writer's Block we are allowed inside the author's mind and how she feels when she cannot write, summarized eloquently, "A hollow ache fills up my brain, when there are no words inside." To something I can personally relate to. I did find my favorites in the poems, Insatiable, and Hindsight.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shaila

    First of all I would like to start by saying that I am a fan of poetry my self, as I do write it aswell. I felt that this collection was very different to my own writing. However, from the first piece of poetry, to the last, I felt the imagery captivated me very well. The writer has shown dedication to poetry, by writing in a way that is perfect in many ways. Even though I do write my own poetry, I felt this is one of those pieces of works that can grasp anyone's attention. Caplin has intertwined First of all I would like to start by saying that I am a fan of poetry my self, as I do write it aswell. I felt that this collection was very different to my own writing. However, from the first piece of poetry, to the last, I felt the imagery captivated me very well. The writer has shown dedication to poetry, by writing in a way that is perfect in many ways. Even though I do write my own poetry, I felt this is one of those pieces of works that can grasp anyone's attention. Caplin has intertwined a range of emotions and themes, that relate very well to anyone who is treading the path of self discovery- which is basically everyone. A few of my favourites were, On Writer's Block, Sorting Myself, Army of One, and Hindsight. The descriptive imagery and flowing rhythm of Caplin's work is enough to reel you in and keep you begging for more. This is what real poetry is !

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amie Morgado- We Stole Your Book Boyfriend

    Poetry for review is very new for me , normally I read poetry in passing or with my kids. I know growing up before school poetry was always sing songy and rhymed. You go off to school and start to learn there are so many kinds of poetry to read and write. I quickly learned my favorites did not rhyme. I enjoyed exploring this book. I found myself questioning many things and looking for the inner meanings to the poems. As an adult I find poetry is a way to organize the different thoughts , views an Poetry for review is very new for me , normally I read poetry in passing or with my kids. I know growing up before school poetry was always sing songy and rhymed. You go off to school and start to learn there are so many kinds of poetry to read and write. I quickly learned my favorites did not rhyme. I enjoyed exploring this book. I found myself questioning many things and looking for the inner meanings to the poems. As an adult I find poetry is a way to organize the different thoughts , views and struggles going on in our heads. Some of these made sense to me , others left me wondering and some I just could not figure out. Having said that I found myself reading a few over and over again and thinking of others hours after I read them. It was great to be in the author's head and see another creative side to her. Thank you for sharing your work !

  7. 4 out of 5

    Katie Harder-schauer

    I need to read this collection of poetry again before I really provide a review. The poems are not light and fluffy, they require introspection that I can't really give them while my children are running around the house screaming like maniacs. There were a couple that did stand out, that I really enjoyed upon first reading, Pandoro and Flavor of the Month. I need to read this collection of poetry again before I really provide a review. The poems are not light and fluffy, they require introspection that I can't really give them while my children are running around the house screaming like maniacs. There were a couple that did stand out, that I really enjoyed upon first reading, Pandoro and Flavor of the Month.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mii

    This book is a great read!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lucianna Wolfstone

  10. 4 out of 5

    richard clark

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tami Nelson

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lydia Thomas

  13. 4 out of 5

    Emmy

  14. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Duffy

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anastasia Aisatsana

  16. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Zitsch

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alaina Maxam

  18. 4 out of 5

    Haven Gordon

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kim Coomey

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia Waterman

  21. 4 out of 5

    Frederick Rotzien

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine C

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chessie

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rosanna

  25. 4 out of 5

    Wen Budro

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

  27. 4 out of 5

    Charley

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nikko

  29. 4 out of 5

    Karen

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jasmyn

  31. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  32. 5 out of 5

    Mary

  33. 5 out of 5

    Lara Polk

  34. 5 out of 5

    Paula

  35. 5 out of 5

    Betty Peck-Myers

  36. 5 out of 5

    Ian

  37. 4 out of 5

    Pam

  38. 4 out of 5

    Iris

  39. 4 out of 5

    Zephie

  40. 5 out of 5

    Sarra

  41. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  42. 5 out of 5

    Florence

  43. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

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