Thursday, January 18, 2024

A Book of Poetry? Who Am I?


TITLE: Pretty Boys are Poisonous: Poems
AUTHOR: Megan Fox
PUBLISHER: Gallery Books
PUBLISHING DATE: November 7, 2023/span>
PAGES: 176   
SOURCE: Library

FROM GOODREADS: Megan Fox showcases her wicked humor throughout a heartbreaking and dark collection of poetry. Over the course of more than seventy poems Fox chronicles all the ways in which we fit ourselves into the shape of the ones we love, even if it means losing ourselves in the process. 
“These poems were written in an attempt to excise the illness that had taken root in me because of my silence. I’ve spent my entire life keeping the secrets of men, my body aches from carrying the weight of their sins. My freedom lives in these pages, and I hope that my words can inspire others to take back their happiness and their identity by using their voice to illuminate what’s been buried, but not forgotten, in the darkness,” says Fox. 
Pretty Boys Are Poisonous marks the powerful debut from one of the most well-known women of our time. Turn the page, bite the apple, and sink your teeth into the most deliciously compelling and addictive books you’ll read all year.

MY THOUGHTS: So, I'm about as big of fan of poetry as I am of Megan Fox.  That's not to say I actively dislike either one, I just do not go out of my way to seek either one out either.  However, one of my challenges features a prompt for poetry and I saw this at my library and figured why not.  And boy am I glad I grabbed it.

This book is a collection of poetry by Fox which covers topics of relationships, physical and emotional abuse, feminism and miscarriage to name a few.  There are 77 poems and while a few of them didn't exactly hit the mark with me, so many of them did.  Some of my faves include the indoctrination of a hopeless romantic, in which Fox says "I used to think love was a poem/now I know love is a killing spree" and fatality which compares a relationship to a game of Mortal Combat and includes a line I'll never forget - "I start daydreaming of the look on your face when I tell you his d--k was so much bigger than yours."

So honestly, this book won't be for everyone.  There's profanity and snarkiness galore.  But there is also some rather beautiful black and white artwork by Audrey Kawasaki, a Japanese American artist from LA.  Overall, I would recommend if you have even the slightest suspicion that you might like this, then I say pick it up.  Maybe you'll stumble on a few lines that will stick with you as well.



  1. I'm not a huge reader of poetry either, but I do like those lines you quoted from this book. I love when you check out a book on a whim and it turns out to be an awesome read. It's what I like to call library serendipity. :D

  2. I think this would be out of my comfort zone, but since you lived it so much, I would consider it!

  3. Oh wow, 5 stars! I saw this one around and was curious. I picked up a book with a lot of poetry last year and enjoyed it. I keep this one in mind if the mood strikes me again.