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Whiskey, Words, and a Shovel is author R.H. Sin's first book of poetry. Whiskey, Words, and a Shovel is author R.H. Sin's first book of poetry.


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Whiskey, Words, and a Shovel is author R.H. Sin's first book of poetry. Whiskey, Words, and a Shovel is author R.H. Sin's first book of poetry.

30 review for Whiskey, Words, and a Shovel I

  1. 5 out of 5

    Leona

    Let me preface this by saying I am so done with trash male poets who write solely to police female body politics, sexuality, and emotions under the guise of "teaching" or "empowering" them because frankly, who asked you. I won't invalidate the apparent therapeutic qualities of the book for others, because if it's accessible and helps you through a heartbreak, fine. If it speaks to you somehow and makes you feel wanted, cherished, understood, fine. Good, even. But my goodnessss, if this isn't the m Let me preface this by saying I am so done with trash male poets who write solely to police female body politics, sexuality, and emotions under the guise of "teaching" or "empowering" them because frankly, who asked you. I won't invalidate the apparent therapeutic qualities of the book for others, because if it's accessible and helps you through a heartbreak, fine. If it speaks to you somehow and makes you feel wanted, cherished, understood, fine. Good, even. But my goodnessss, if this isn't the most vapid, patronizing, hypermasculine garbage. Almost every poem spews the same regurgitated theme, its prose indistinguishable from cheesy souvenir mug cliches. Sin's relationship with and view of women is pathetic and manipulative at best, straight-up misogynistic at worst. This is a man who thinks he knows what's best for women, and I don't buy it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    shanghao

    This Is not Poetry. And at $56, it's a ripoff. This Is not Poetry. And at $56, it's a ripoff.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    I...liked a couple of the poems? But mostly, I felt like I was having the experience of womanhood mansplained to me for over 250 pages. By a "nice guy" who bemoans the women who go for the bad boy when he's just there ~waiting~ to be such a great guy for them. Of particular amusement was the poem that was about how shitty technology is--ironic given that Sin rose to fame as a poet on Instagram. I...liked a couple of the poems? But mostly, I felt like I was having the experience of womanhood mansplained to me for over 250 pages. By a "nice guy" who bemoans the women who go for the bad boy when he's just there ~waiting~ to be such a great guy for them. Of particular amusement was the poem that was about how shitty technology is--ironic given that Sin rose to fame as a poet on Instagram.

  4. 4 out of 5

    evelina

    disappointing read, was cringy and repetitive.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    I do like the style of what I call "blunt poetry" (not sure if that's already a thing or not), but I'm not sure I cared for the subject matter of Mr. Sin's collection, in fact I know I didn't care for it. It was basically one bad breakup song after another. Lets put it this way, an alternate title to this book could've been "An Emo's Guide to the Bad Breakup". The melodrama and imagery were way over the top and I know the world feels like it's going to end when you're going through a breakup, bu I do like the style of what I call "blunt poetry" (not sure if that's already a thing or not), but I'm not sure I cared for the subject matter of Mr. Sin's collection, in fact I know I didn't care for it. It was basically one bad breakup song after another. Lets put it this way, an alternate title to this book could've been "An Emo's Guide to the Bad Breakup". The melodrama and imagery were way over the top and I know the world feels like it's going to end when you're going through a breakup, but I don't need 100+ poems about it in the same collection...a little variety would've been nice, is all I'm sayin'. The words "broken" and "pieces", and talk of internal"scars" and "deserving" real love were, I swear to you, used in almost every other poem (this much repetition hasn't been seen since 50 Shades of Grey) and it left me feeling like I was reading just permutations of the same poem over and over again. See Exhibit A below for examples... I did like a few of the poems in here, I think I flagged about 5, but for the most part I think I'll just listen to some (insert your favorite Emo band here) next time. Exhibit A: "She was the most beautiful type of broken I'd ever seen in my entire life and even though her heart was in pieces, she deserved to be loved." "She was broken. Yes, but somehow she found peace in the pieces left behind. She's an artist in the way she pieces herself back together..." This one's titled (pieces of peace)...WE GET IT ALREADY!! "Amazing isn't it the way your broken pieces give me peace you've been broken and yet you're still able to make me feel whole."

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jodell

    After reading these truthful words, I thought yes............whisky..........words......a shovel........... The whisky would help The words would ease the pain The shovel was the answer to bury the past... Only thing is I don't drink I wallow in others pain and I couldn't find a shovel............ After reading these truthful words, I thought yes............whisky..........words......a shovel........... The whisky would help The words would ease the pain The shovel was the answer to bury the past... Only thing is I don't drink I wallow in others pain and I couldn't find a shovel............

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ryn Bartel

    So disappointing. The way this author writes about women it's not at all surprising that they have had a turbulent love life. I'm really sad that so many people loved this book and didn't even seem to notice the creepy "nice guy" overtones. So disappointing. The way this author writes about women it's not at all surprising that they have had a turbulent love life. I'm really sad that so many people loved this book and didn't even seem to notice the creepy "nice guy" overtones.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Katie Brenner

    I think this book of poetry can speak on some level to anyone who has been hurt by love. However, there is this overlying tone that the author fancies themselves some sort of lady whisperer that I found cringy and distracting. The poems try to speak to or of a certain kind of "broken" woman that the author seeks to understand, fix, and put on a pedestal. I did not enjoy the poems, but perhaps others will. I think this book of poetry can speak on some level to anyone who has been hurt by love. However, there is this overlying tone that the author fancies themselves some sort of lady whisperer that I found cringy and distracting. The poems try to speak to or of a certain kind of "broken" woman that the author seeks to understand, fix, and put on a pedestal. I did not enjoy the poems, but perhaps others will.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Hirdesh

    Review to come. Still feeling some great lines.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dannii Elle

    This collection is filled with an abundance of beautiful lines that I scribbled down to take away and ponder. However, a lot of the poetry was too repetitively stark and blunt for me to continue to differentiate between, as the anthology continued. I would have preferred a greater variation in style as few poems in this collection were above four lines in length.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Betts

    This has got to be one of the most pretentious pieces of literature that I've ever come across. Want some poetry? Read some Robert Frost. Want to feel like you're reading the tumblr of a 14 year old emo? Read R.H. Sin. This has got to be one of the most pretentious pieces of literature that I've ever come across. Want some poetry? Read some Robert Frost. Want to feel like you're reading the tumblr of a 14 year old emo? Read R.H. Sin.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Paige

    wasn't worth it. I liked one poem and that's it. It didn't seem like poetry to me anyway. wasn't worth it. I liked one poem and that's it. It didn't seem like poetry to me anyway.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Emerald Sue

    “nothing is louder than overthinking after midnight”

  14. 5 out of 5

    S.W. Stromberg

    If I could give this less than a single star, I would. This is not poetry. The fact that this was published, and went on to be given rave reviews by readers near and far, is awful. The fact that this is a publishing success makes the publishing world so much more inaccessible for women and not straight people who actually write anything that means something. This is just a man spouting off ~~~~~deep~~~~~ phrases. But there's little to no structure, wordplay, imagery, metaphor. How, then, is this If I could give this less than a single star, I would. This is not poetry. The fact that this was published, and went on to be given rave reviews by readers near and far, is awful. The fact that this is a publishing success makes the publishing world so much more inaccessible for women and not straight people who actually write anything that means something. This is just a man spouting off ~~~~~deep~~~~~ phrases. But there's little to no structure, wordplay, imagery, metaphor. How, then, is this poetry? If you liked it, okay. But it shouldn't have been marked or marketed as poetry. It's shallow food for thought at best, and made me, a writer of poetry, rage and scoff at worst. In short, I hated this.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jessie (Zombie_likes_cake)

    November does not shape up to be a good poetry month for me, two collections and two dislikes albeit for different reasons. The best thing and what made me pick it up was the title, I love the title and thought it would hold an interesting mix of poems on the inside. But what I found once opened were hardly poems, and I know that what people like in poems can differ a lot but these pieces are on the same level as cheesy little lines of wisdom you can find on calendars. They are for the most part November does not shape up to be a good poetry month for me, two collections and two dislikes albeit for different reasons. The best thing and what made me pick it up was the title, I love the title and thought it would hold an interesting mix of poems on the inside. But what I found once opened were hardly poems, and I know that what people like in poems can differ a lot but these pieces are on the same level as cheesy little lines of wisdom you can find on calendars. They are for the most part about relationships, love and heartbreak and those dull themes don't help to lift this collection out of its plainness. To be honest, I am quite puzzled this collection got published and that my library thinks it is worth carrying, that's how simple and underperforming I believe it to be. There is just nothing here: the language has no ring to it, the meanings are plain there and not very deep. Again, tastes differ, for someone else this might be just the right thing. For me, this is not what I want from poetry, it was not challenging or engrossing in the slightest, there is no creativity; they read as if written in a 5 minute break from watching 90's teen romance movies. Shovels and whiskey sound edgy but this is as far from edgy as you can get (unless you consider the occasional use of the word fuck as edgy...).

  16. 5 out of 5

    yt_rhi

    I deeply enjoy poetry and am quite new to reading poetry as well. I like the concept of writing all of your feelings on paper. Coping by turning an art out of words. This book graciously explains art in word form, and also is very touching. If you are going through tough times and want to cope by reading a book, I would recommend. to understand this book in a really connecting way I feel you have to have gone through some milestones in your life. I like it, r.h is one of the best poets out there I deeply enjoy poetry and am quite new to reading poetry as well. I like the concept of writing all of your feelings on paper. Coping by turning an art out of words. This book graciously explains art in word form, and also is very touching. If you are going through tough times and want to cope by reading a book, I would recommend. to understand this book in a really connecting way I feel you have to have gone through some milestones in your life. I like it, r.h is one of the best poets out there. And it broke and mended my heart reading this 🌙

  17. 5 out of 5

    Elvina Zafril

    I felt the pain. Some of the poems are relatable to me. Thanks for this.

  18. 5 out of 5

    The Bookish Life of Laura

    This book has activated Raging Feminist Mode I'M SO MAD ABOUT IT. I will say that some of the poems are really nice, those being the very few that aren't about women. And there are VERY few that aren't. But for the vast majority of poems in this book that are about women, it's painfully obvious that this was written by a 21st century man. Men who claim to respect women, who say they are so in touch with their feminine side, who really understand the struggles of women. Men who think they know ho This book has activated Raging Feminist Mode I'M SO MAD ABOUT IT. I will say that some of the poems are really nice, those being the very few that aren't about women. And there are VERY few that aren't. But for the vast majority of poems in this book that are about women, it's painfully obvious that this was written by a 21st century man. Men who claim to respect women, who say they are so in touch with their feminine side, who really understand the struggles of women. Men who think they know how women feel, how they want to feel, want to be treated, etc., and think that they have the authority to shed light on these things to others. To me, Whiskey, Words & a Shovel read like a Fedora Wearing Dudebro, Knight in Shining Armour type of guy (we all know the type) giving tips to other men on how to pick up women. Like it was a guideline that, if followed correctly, would surely get you laid. All this self-righteous bullshit about still loving a broken woman, as if doing so makes him a saint. Congratulations for being capable of loving someone who has been broken down by so many men in the past, I'm sure you're really proud of yourself. Would you like a fucking medal? A pat on the back for being a decent human being? Women do not need men to heal their wounds. Women do not need men to make them strong. Women do not need men to have a voice. Women do not need men to get back on their feet. WOMEN DO NOT NEED MEN PERIOD.

  19. 4 out of 5

    mina

    I looooved this! As we shared some experiences I could definitely feel the connection. I cried. I was hopeful. I was empowered. I have some liiittle critiques, but I’ll leave them for a video.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah

    "this is the part of the book where shit gets a bit weird you're reading this to yourself without the realization that I am now talking to you directly, until now repeat after me and this more than once if you need to I am grand I am powerful I am electric I am incredible I will survive this I will be fine" I have never been a lover of poetry. Call it being scarred in high school from too many Robert Frost analysis essays or Emily Dickens memorization quizzes, I just don't like it. Never have. But R "this is the part of the book where shit gets a bit weird you're reading this to yourself without the realization that I am now talking to you directly, until now repeat after me and this more than once if you need to I am grand I am powerful I am electric I am incredible I will survive this I will be fine" I have never been a lover of poetry. Call it being scarred in high school from too many Robert Frost analysis essays or Emily Dickens memorization quizzes, I just don't like it. Never have. But R.H. Sin began popping up all over my Pinterest feed a while ago, and I really loved his writing. It's almost entirely free verse, and it packs an emotional punch. I imagine that if I were going through a hard breakup or perhaps even a tragedy, his words would speak to me even more. As it is, his poems are short but full of life. It took me an hour and a half to get through the entire book. I've never had an author write to me before, and I really enjoyed it. This book was very empowering and inspiring. I recommend it if only for something to read on the bus. my past is yours, the present is ours, and the future awaits us all.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jovana Autumn

    I really like torturing myself. I can see how this is popular though.If you want to see a sneak peak just go to Noah Centineo's tweets and there you go. Literally the only thought I had reading this was the same one I had while watching a reaction video on Soft boy/Romantic boy/nice guy compilations on YouTube - Pure cringe. I mean here are just a few examples: Every night girls like you deserve a love that makes it easier to sleep during the coldness of night you are. I know you you’re the girl with the bro I really like torturing myself. I can see how this is popular though.If you want to see a sneak peak just go to Noah Centineo's tweets and there you go. Literally the only thought I had reading this was the same one I had while watching a reaction video on Soft boy/Romantic boy/nice guy compilations on YouTube - Pure cringe. I mean here are just a few examples: Every night girls like you deserve a love that makes it easier to sleep during the coldness of night you are. I know you you’re the girl with the broken smile you’re the woman who searches the night for peace you’re the woman most men don’t deserve you’re the woman someone needs I am not sure whether I am being a bitch or I just have a strong dislike for these kind of poems.But this is the last book of R.H.Sin that I will read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Haley Isabella BellaTheBibliophile

    Although many people dislike "tumblr quotes" I like them, I love finding random relatable quotes online so when I stumbled upon R.H Sin's Instagram I was happy to see he had published a few books. I gave this book 3 stars because although I liked it, a lot of things seemed repeated. I also only had a handful of poems that I really liked. I did like the book and I will be purchasing the second book but I feel like this book could have been longer or at least the poems could have been longer, bec Although many people dislike "tumblr quotes" I like them, I love finding random relatable quotes online so when I stumbled upon R.H Sin's Instagram I was happy to see he had published a few books. I gave this book 3 stars because although I liked it, a lot of things seemed repeated. I also only had a handful of poems that I really liked. I did like the book and I will be purchasing the second book but I feel like this book could have been longer or at least the poems could have been longer, because they are so short they feel more like quotes then actual poems.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Pouria Roshani

    Short, modern poems about relationships. The majority of them were superficial, repetitive, psychologically fallacious and stating the obvious. However, I gave it 3 out of 5 because some of its poems were helpful and relieving like the ones talking about loving ourselves first in order to find our true love and coping with our loneliness since the loneliness of being with the wrong person is worse than being alone. Also, some of them gave hope to the readers that they will find who they deserve Short, modern poems about relationships. The majority of them were superficial, repetitive, psychologically fallacious and stating the obvious. However, I gave it 3 out of 5 because some of its poems were helpful and relieving like the ones talking about loving ourselves first in order to find our true love and coping with our loneliness since the loneliness of being with the wrong person is worse than being alone. Also, some of them gave hope to the readers that they will find who they deserve to be and sometimes people really need to hear this kind of things.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Annelie

    Quick little poetry read, some of which I very much enjoyed, some of which were so-so.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ana and The Books

    {3.75}✨ I could relate to many of the poems since I've never even been in a relationship, therefore have never been truly heartbroken. However, there were some that just spoke so deeply to me💕 {3.75}✨ I could relate to many of the poems since I've never even been in a relationship, therefore have never been truly heartbroken. However, there were some that just spoke so deeply to me💕

  26. 5 out of 5

    Abbie | nerdyabbie

    A kind letter to the lovelorn & the lost. This was a very special read. I love it when poets take you on a journey, and Sin did that in this book. While it wasn't perfect, and I did find my attention lagging here and there, his view and respect for women was truly heart-warming. My Favorite Quotes: with lightning: she is a storm a magnificent force writing her life's story in lightning *** the experience: you're an experience more than a woman you are lightning striking earth your presence is A kind letter to the lovelorn & the lost. This was a very special read. I love it when poets take you on a journey, and Sin did that in this book. While it wasn't perfect, and I did find my attention lagging here and there, his view and respect for women was truly heart-warming. My Favorite Quotes: with lightning: she is a storm a magnificent force writing her life's story in lightning *** the experience: you're an experience more than a woman you are lightning striking earth your presence is electrifying *** (And perhaps my favorite quote of the entire book) hopeful romantic: I assure you that when this life ends and the dust settles I will find you in the next *promptly swoons* Overall: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ Writing Quality: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ Enjoyment Level: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

  27. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Whiskey, Words, & A Shovel I is 282 pages of tired, overused metaphors, clichéd ideas, and an entitled man’s appropriation of femininity and its struggles. The lines of Sin’s poetry rings hollow and empty. There’s just no mastery nor finesse in these poems. As a man, he, under no circumstances, will ever truly understand a woman’s struggle or pain enough to write about it. Much less create something as meaningful and raw as poetry. The same theme of the romanticised woman, of a beauty broken and Whiskey, Words, & A Shovel I is 282 pages of tired, overused metaphors, clichéd ideas, and an entitled man’s appropriation of femininity and its struggles. The lines of Sin’s poetry rings hollow and empty. There’s just no mastery nor finesse in these poems. As a man, he, under no circumstances, will ever truly understand a woman’s struggle or pain enough to write about it. Much less create something as meaningful and raw as poetry. The same theme of the romanticised woman, of a beauty broken and battered, of her cloying for recognition and validation and love, is repeated — and mansplained — over and over and over, wrung out and beaten and dried. I think with each poem I read, with every time I encountered the word “broken”, a piece of my sanity was chipped away. A hard, hard pass from me on this book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alanoud (Anna)

    This took me almost an hour maybe a little over an hour and I have to admit it was the best hour I've spent in a while. It was a very fast enjoyable read. At first I would stop and snapchat or take a picture of the ones I liked but then realized I'm probably going to take a picture of 3/4 of the book. If you're looking for something simple, light yet beautiful; THEN PICK UP THIS BOOK! You're not going to be disappointed. I'll be sure to check out other poetry collections by the same writer. This took me almost an hour maybe a little over an hour and I have to admit it was the best hour I've spent in a while. It was a very fast enjoyable read. At first I would stop and snapchat or take a picture of the ones I liked but then realized I'm probably going to take a picture of 3/4 of the book. If you're looking for something simple, light yet beautiful; THEN PICK UP THIS BOOK! You're not going to be disappointed. I'll be sure to check out other poetry collections by the same writer.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    i don't rate poetry usually, but im giving this one star because i want it to contribute to lowering the goodreads average. and i need the people who see this on twitter to know i didn't like it. we love misogyny disguised as the worship of women. when the reality is that pain is not romantic and women’s pain is not here for you to exploit and be your muse and women aren’t receptacles for what men have to offer them, good or bad. but you wouldn’t know that from reading this. i don't rate poetry usually, but im giving this one star because i want it to contribute to lowering the goodreads average. and i need the people who see this on twitter to know i didn't like it. we love misogyny disguised as the worship of women. when the reality is that pain is not romantic and women’s pain is not here for you to exploit and be your muse and women aren’t receptacles for what men have to offer them, good or bad. but you wouldn’t know that from reading this.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Maryam

    Literally EVERY page was relatable. A short light read but the impact was huge. if you love Lang Leav's work you'll love R.H Sin's. As well as if you've read Salt then you'll love this just as much! I wish it was longer. Literally EVERY page was relatable. A short light read but the impact was huge. if you love Lang Leav's work you'll love R.H Sin's. As well as if you've read Salt then you'll love this just as much! I wish it was longer.

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