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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 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.   I Wrote This For You: 2007-2017 is a collection of the best poetry and photography from the first 10 years of the best-selling project. It contains new work, old work, work that's never been seen before and a selection of fan-made work inspired by the project. With hundreds of thousands of copies sold, millions of interactions and spanning three existing books, I Wrote This For You has forged a remarkable relationship to its readers over the first 10 years. 


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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 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.   I Wrote This For You: 2007-2017 is a collection of the best poetry and photography from the first 10 years of the best-selling project. It contains new work, old work, work that's never been seen before and a selection of fan-made work inspired by the project. With hundreds of thousands of copies sold, millions of interactions and spanning three existing books, I Wrote This For You has forged a remarkable relationship to its readers over the first 10 years. 

30 review for I Wrote This For You: 2007-2017

  1. 5 out of 5

    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.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shreeya Kapil

    This one will forever be my favourite. The best thing about this book is that you can read it over and over again and it feels new each time! I, personally connect with this book way too much. Quoting a few lines: " To you it was just picking flowers. To them, it was a massacre. " "Things change the way you feel. And things change. " "The truth is ugly. In the movies, the person leaving you never has a blocked nose when they cry. And all their tears are pretty." "Of course it's complicated. If it w This one will forever be my favourite. The best thing about this book is that you can read it over and over again and it feels new each time! I, personally connect with this book way too much. Quoting a few lines: " To you it was just picking flowers. To them, it was a massacre. " "Things change the way you feel. And things change. " "The truth is ugly. In the movies, the person leaving you never has a blocked nose when they cry. And all their tears are pretty." "Of course it's complicated. If it wasn't, I probably wouldn't be interested in you." "You constantly look for a sign & when it's given to u & u don't like the answer,u call it a coincidence. There are no coincidences"

  3. 5 out of 5

    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!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    If anyone asks me what the most beautiful book I own is, it’s this. I don’t know about you but I like my poetry books pretty. And this book is exactly how I want them to be. I believe this edition can be considered as a coffee table book. It has the glossy paper, the beautiful pictures, and the excellent writing. I have a confession to make. When I can’t sleep at night, I read poetry. And more often than not, I go to this author’s blog. This book is a collection of the author’s works for over a dec If anyone asks me what the most beautiful book I own is, it’s this. I don’t know about you but I like my poetry books pretty. And this book is exactly how I want them to be. I believe this edition can be considered as a coffee table book. It has the glossy paper, the beautiful pictures, and the excellent writing. I have a confession to make. When I can’t sleep at night, I read poetry. And more often than not, I go to this author’s blog. This book is a collection of the author’s works for over a decade. Since I’m a frequent visitor of his website and I read his previous work, I Wrote This For You, I am familiar with some of the entries. But most of them were new to me. If you want to read this book, I have an advice for you: Do not read this in one sitting. Normally, I would finish a poetry or prose collection in a matter of hours. But this book is not meant for it. For one, it has soooo many entries and for another, it is meant to be devoured bit by bit. The entries have an overall feel and reading them in succession will feel like reading the same thing over and over again. I admit that this collection is not perfect. There were entries — especially the short ones — which I felt were nothing special. The Excuse for Your Company I was wondering if you had a second. To talk about anything at all. But there were also some that packed a punch in just a few lines. The Person You Are Is Better Than The Ghost You Were If the person you wished existed doesn’t, then that is who you must become. The Shop That Lets You Rent Happiness “This is the one,” the universe assures me from behind the counter. “But I thought you said the last one was the one,” I reply. “No,” says the universe. “I sold you that one so you would know that this, this is the one.” “Is there another one?” I ask the universe. “I can’t tell you,” they reply. “It’d ruin the surprise.” The Tour Of The Impenetrable Fortress “What type of building is this? Why would you hide all the beautiful things inside where no one can see them? From the outside, all I see is pipes and bricks, broken and rusted scaffolding, dirt and grime. No one would want to enter this place.” “Because I live inside. And other people, live outside.” Here are some of the other entries that I loved. The Gentlest Reminders Dropped From Passing Planes The Fearful Planet The Day You Read This The Life And Death Of Most Of Us I believe this book is not for everyone and will only appeal to those who can relate to this kind of writing. If you are wondering on whether you should buy this or not, I suggest that you read the author's blog first and decide on whether the "you" they were talking about is really you. Review can also be found on my blog.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Vassiliki

    3,5* I started reading Thomas's poems online, years ago, and made myself stop because I loved them so much I wanted to experience them in physical form. I searched for a physical book here in Greece, but I couldn't find one, and eventually I gave up. Then this came out, and I happily ordered it. I'd say half of it is filler or CaptainObviousPoetry (ie overused phrases that you roll your eyes at), but the other half. The other half is what makes it worth it - it's thought provoking and beautiful an 3,5* I started reading Thomas's poems online, years ago, and made myself stop because I loved them so much I wanted to experience them in physical form. I searched for a physical book here in Greece, but I couldn't find one, and eventually I gave up. Then this came out, and I happily ordered it. I'd say half of it is filler or CaptainObviousPoetry (ie overused phrases that you roll your eyes at), but the other half. The other half is what makes it worth it - it's thought provoking and beautiful and it does make you feel like you are not alone, like the author understands you, and understands humanity as a whole. I really enjoyed this read and all the photographs went perfectly with the text.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kei • fiction court •

    My love for I Wrote This For You 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. My love for I Wrote This For You 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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jessica | Booked J

    Blog | Twitter | Instagram 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 here. 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. I Wrote This For You is one of those collections that touches on something so raw and vulnerable, you o Blog | Twitter | Instagram 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 here. 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. I Wrote This For You 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 I Wrote This For You, 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 I Wrote This For You 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. I Wrote This For You 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. I Wrote This For You 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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    Never read the I Wrote This For You books? Don't know where to start? You can't go wrong picking up this one first. This breathtaking collection features 316 pages of Thomas' best work over the last 10 years. For those who have followed Thomas for years, the presentation of this collection is refreshing - somehow both classic and new. Although there is an overlap in some poetry from his previous publications, it is by no means a disappointment. Any fan will be thrilled to see his/her favorites am Never read the I Wrote This For You books? Don't know where to start? You can't go wrong picking up this one first. This breathtaking collection features 316 pages of Thomas' best work over the last 10 years. For those who have followed Thomas for years, the presentation of this collection is refreshing - somehow both classic and new. Although there is an overlap in some poetry from his previous publications, it is by no means a disappointment. Any fan will be thrilled to see his/her favorites among the new and unfamiliar. I nearly cried when I saw this on the shelf of my local Barnes & Noble, months too early, and I haven't put it down since. Stranger or old friend to Thomas and his work, this book is worth every single penny. You will not be disappointed. He wrote this for you. P.S. I am so happy Iain S. Thomas' name is published on the cover (along with "pleasefindthis"). He deserves all the credit and praise the world has to offer.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    Omg only like 10 of the poems were good

  10. 4 out of 5

    Judi Easley

    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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melody

    Incredible.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Camren Jones

    I have just finished I Wrote This For You by Iain S. Thomas whose pseudonym is pleasefindthis. It isn’t a traditional book with characters that experience a problem; it is a poem book that includes photos taken by Jon Ellis. Each poem has a photograph connected to it that demonstrates the changes you experience in life. The reason why I chose this book is that it’s very hard for me to find a chapter book that I find interesting, so I figured since I like poetry I would enjoy reading a book about I have just finished I Wrote This For You by Iain S. Thomas whose pseudonym is pleasefindthis. It isn’t a traditional book with characters that experience a problem; it is a poem book that includes photos taken by Jon Ellis. Each poem has a photograph connected to it that demonstrates the changes you experience in life. The reason why I chose this book is that it’s very hard for me to find a chapter book that I find interesting, so I figured since I like poetry I would enjoy reading a book about it, and I did. In the book, it is broken up in four parts. They are similar to chapters which are called Sun, Moon, Stars, and Rain. The poems represent mostly everything a person goes through in life. From gaining love to losing it, and beginnings and endings. I never truly understood the meanings of the chapters’ titles but I believe they are somehow connected to change that happens in people’s lives. The poem beautifully exposes how a person evolves in life by losing and gaining certain things like love. Throughout the book, you learn about how to grow as a person. As I was reading it, it taught me that I have to end certain relationships in order for me to have a new beginning. It teaches that sometimes you have to learn to go to actually live life. Even if you haven’t personally gone through a specific situation you can still empathize with the poem because it is so relatable. I haven’t experienced every single thing in this book but I can still relate with because of the fact that I understand where the poet is coming f During the time I was reading this book I was debating on whether or not I should let go of certain people and this book taught me that you have to let go of the of the negativity in order to have a fresh start. I am very glad I came across this book because it has helped me be okay with letting go. Each poem had it’s very own impactful meaning to me. Even if I didn’t understand the exact poem in that moment of reading it I eventually would and that’s one thing I love about it. The main reason why I love this book is that everyone can have a different interpretation of the same poem and still be right. I believe most chapter books are boring but with poetry it’s different. With poetry, you can be free with what you think the main idea is. In regular literature, everything is set in stone, but with a poem, there can be a million “main” ideas. The one thing is the book I would change is the number of pictures in the book. There is a picture for everything poem which I think isn’t really needed because some of the poems didn’t really relate to the pictures that much. I would recommend this book to anyone because of the fact that I feel as though everyone can relate to it, especially teenagers. Most teens are confused about a lot of things and most times they feel like their world is crashing down on them, and by reading these poems it will enlighten them that all bad things come to an end. I never read anything like this before and after reading this it made me more interested in reading poetry. After finishing this I want to begin reading Milk and Honey because of their similarities I’ve heard about.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Arianna

    The book " I Wrote This For You" is a very good love/hate poem book. This book shows a lot of tiny little poems with pictures to go along with it. One of the poems that stuck out to me is on page 182 titled The Shipwreck In My Head' "Everything you do, you pay for.So if you're going to kiss me you'd best be prepared to bleed." I'm thinking it means that is there going to be together there going to have to go through everything together and even though it may hurt you as well but, it's what we pa The book " I Wrote This For You" is a very good love/hate poem book. This book shows a lot of tiny little poems with pictures to go along with it. One of the poems that stuck out to me is on page 182 titled The Shipwreck In My Head' "Everything you do, you pay for.So if you're going to kiss me you'd best be prepared to bleed." I'm thinking it means that is there going to be together there going to have to go through everything together and even though it may hurt you as well but, it's what we pay'd for. Another poem that stuck out to me was on page 205 titled The Wet Hair And Eyes, "You are a drop in a imperfect world. And all I want is a taste." I'm pretty sure this means that This world is a horrible world and that you are perfect for me and that you're perfect and through this horrible world all I want to do is be with you. I sincerely recommend this book to 12&up because there are somethings that may sound weird to any age it's just i think the younger they are they won't understand what the poems mean.

  14. 5 out of 5

    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.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Noninuna

    3.8⭐️ for the poetry & 4 ⭐️ for the pictures. Honestly, most of it are quite average in my opinion which means they're random & redundant. However, some of the poetry are like arrows that shot straight to your heart or slaps to your face and that's why I really like it. The pictures accompanying the writing are quite vivid & expressive, although they look like random snaps. . . . I really need to read this again since I read this during my reading slump. In order to grab the meaning behind those wo 3.8⭐️ for the poetry & 4 ⭐️ for the pictures. Honestly, most of it are quite average in my opinion which means they're random & redundant. However, some of the poetry are like arrows that shot straight to your heart or slaps to your face and that's why I really like it. The pictures accompanying the writing are quite vivid & expressive, although they look like random snaps. . . . I really need to read this again since I read this during my reading slump. In order to grab the meaning behind those words, i actually need to read the same line a few times. I don't know what's wrong with me & that's not fair for this book. 😷

  16. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    I've wanted to read versions of this poetry for years. I'm not sure what held me back but reading this special edition was meant to be for me. I found this version in target last weekend and I've been picked up this book every second i had a few minutes to get lost in the authors words. I've always been a poetry loved as I have a love for words myself but the feels this book gave me were unreal. I am so in love with it. I can't wait for more. I've wanted to read versions of this poetry for years. I'm not sure what held me back but reading this special edition was meant to be for me. I found this version in target last weekend and I've been picked up this book every second i had a few minutes to get lost in the authors words. I've always been a poetry loved as I have a love for words myself but the feels this book gave me were unreal. I am so in love with it. I can't wait for more.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This is a collection of poetry with new work and also a bit of previously published poems. There is also some beautiful photography. If you loved his past work I think you will enjoy this as well. I adored it. I had to pace myself so that it wasn't over too quickly! *Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a digital copy in exchange for an honest review.* This is a collection of poetry with new work and also a bit of previously published poems. There is also some beautiful photography. If you loved his past work I think you will enjoy this as well. I adored it. I had to pace myself so that it wasn't over too quickly! *Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a digital copy in exchange for an honest review.*

  18. 4 out of 5

    Azla

    The writings becomes better as you progress. Need to own just so i can flip it open on a random page and read, reread,. Want to gift this to someone someday. Not a 5 because some (a few) were just okay. Overall, beauuuutiful! So many highlighted favourites!

  19. 5 out of 5

    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.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Leah Vaughn

    Always beautiful, this compendium of dated posts of lovely prose was perfect.

  21. 4 out of 5

    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.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Zina

    “Be soft , do not let the world make you hard.”

  23. 5 out of 5

    Aarontheweirdreader

    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, million 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 Thanks you for reading these words ~IAIN S. THOMAS~ There is excellent work written inside this exquisite book I wish i could mentioned all of them but I chose a few quotes that REALLY spoke to me the most w 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, million 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 Thanks you for reading these words ~IAIN S. THOMAS~ There is excellent work written inside this exquisite book I wish i could mentioned all of them but I chose a few quotes that REALLY spoke to me the most which also describes different moments of my life Either it was something was I dealing with or thinking about or felt The Dark Words You Walk Down At Night Tuesday September 25, 2012 This is why hurts the way it hurts. You have too many words in your head. There are too many ways to describe the way you feel. You will never have the luxury of a dull ache. You must suffer through the intricacy of feeling too much The Heart Outgrows The Chest Wednesday February 12, 2014 The further inside you hide the hurt. The more it hurts inside all wounds need air to heal I Wrote This For You 2007-2017 is so wonderful and one of the most (honest) books I ever read this will forever be a personal favorite and holds a special piece of me this captivated me the moment I seen it But it was when I actually read those mesmerizing first words on the back which is shown above at the beginning of this review that I KNEW I WOULD LOVE IT and that it needed a home with my collection of books how wonderful it was for me to find this which was accidental but i'm kinda glad I haven't read his previous Poetry cause having a little of them all inside this special edition a decade of poems inside one perfect collection I truly enjoyed every bit of this book not just as a every day reader but always being a real lover of POETRY even as a kid there is guaranteed to be something in here for everyone This book is just that fascinating I also really like that there was dates & timelines like a one of a kind words with photographs thinking does the photo describe what the words are saying or vice versa not alot words were use all the time or needed for the message to leave a lasting impression you still feel such a impact within these pages It's like the author was saying Feel what i'm feeling and where i'm going and what i'm doing which I personally related to too many in this compilation The best way I can explain the amazingness in this collection of modern poems or at least how it made me feel . . . Being in Love with life then being let down by that love with heartache then learning and dealing with the wrong people moving on living with the pain starting new friendships then our past coming back to haunt us losing hope while still dreaming and falling in love all over again I think this book is a little bit of everything wrap up brought to visual LIFE The Parts We Keep Wednesday January 11, 2017 Don't let them kill the parts of you that they don't like. Keep all of you and never be afraid to be everything you are The Ground Will Give Way Monday November 16, 2009 The bad news is your choices and intentions some people and places those nights spent awake and all you've done can lead you to the bottom of the pit The good news is this wouldn't be the first time someone's crawl tooth and nail out of hell A WORK OF ART IS A WORLD IN ITSELF I Wrote This For You 2007-2017 is a book that makes you feel like you were never alone like someone really understood This really felt like it was meant for you speaking to you and only you That you were suppose to find this book because maybe you needed to hear these words for encouragement or maybe to find peace or maybe this help you face some fears you might have his words takes you many places and demands to be felt he captures the essence of what it means to be human with his words I loved the feeling of freedom that this book gives you all these poems are kinda like 316 pages of Lost Love Letters I truly enjoyed what felt like a journey through life a emotional heart breaking but passionate and beautiful world that was uplifting and (always) meaningful this touched me deeply I mean it really hit me hard I even teared up a few times poetry is powerful sometime it's the only thing that speaks to us a certain part of who we are how a few chosen words can convey so many thoughts and feelings Iain S. Thomas heart & soul is felt on every page with his dynamic poetic words and themes throughout the book guided with stunning imagery and a UNIQUE style of his own I've been through so much and seen so much and unfortunately I look back on a life with more unpleasant memories than not I'm just so tire of being tired but as exhausting and painful as this road has been I'm living proof that I still survived and wouldn't trade the experience for everything I've learned However I can say proudly that I am fearless and tough as nails The Sun Will Freeze Before I Do Tuesday February 7, 2012 I promised alot. But never that I wouldn't get back up after being knocked down. Never that my broken remains wouldn't catch fire. Never that I wouldn't burn through the ice one more time. And you can slam your glaciers into me I will look up at the world and whisper through bloody teeth. More... The Fragments Of Hope Tuesday May 11, 2010 Dear Future You hold on. Please. Love, Me Dear Current You I'm holding on. But it hurts Love, Me. Dear Past You I held on. Thank you Love, Me Additional Thoughts: I love I Wrote This For You more than I could ever try to explain. this goes on my list of all time FAVORITE books ever And no, Thank you Iain S. Thomas for writing these words

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sehar Moughal

    Lots of food for thought. May read like cliche but it is a good reminder. Some of my favourite: "All the hardest, coldest people you meet were once as soft as water. And that's the tragedy of living". "To you, it was just picking flowers. To them, it was a massacre." "I used to think that when you got old, you envied the young. But now I see that you only ever envy yourself and who you used to be. You only ever look at young people and wonder how you survived all that". "In this room. With the curta Lots of food for thought. May read like cliche but it is a good reminder. Some of my favourite: "All the hardest, coldest people you meet were once as soft as water. And that's the tragedy of living". "To you, it was just picking flowers. To them, it was a massacre." "I used to think that when you got old, you envied the young. But now I see that you only ever envy yourself and who you used to be. You only ever look at young people and wonder how you survived all that". "In this room. With the curtains drawn. With the lights on. The sun shining outside. This is where you hurt the most". "That's what it feels like when you touch me. Like millions of tiny universes being born and then dying in the space between your finger and my skin. Sometimes I forget".

  25. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Every word of this book was beautiful, in the sort of raw way that few writers can manage. The photography only adds to the effect, the images by turns soft and haunting. This is certainly a book that no shelf is complete without, in my opinion; no matter where you are or what kind of day you are having, you will find something in this book that will put feelings you didn't realize you had into words. Every word of this book was beautiful, in the sort of raw way that few writers can manage. The photography only adds to the effect, the images by turns soft and haunting. This is certainly a book that no shelf is complete without, in my opinion; no matter where you are or what kind of day you are having, you will find something in this book that will put feelings you didn't realize you had into words.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mii

    Beautiful words.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Anuradha

    Loved the photographs used in the book... and the writing is so beautiful

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nadeen Amr

    i will leave here the parts that i liked in this book :) . . You were not put here to compare yourself to others and your success is not dependent on someone else’s failure. You were not put here to put others in their place, to teach them a lesson or lecture them about who they are. You can and should help others but don’t treat others like they’re broken just because they’re not who you think they should be - you were not put here to fix others. You were not put here to rise above others. You are u i will leave here the parts that i liked in this book :) . . You were not put here to compare yourself to others and your success is not dependent on someone else’s failure. You were not put here to put others in their place, to teach them a lesson or lecture them about who they are. You can and should help others but don’t treat others like they’re broken just because they’re not who you think they should be - you were not put here to fix others. You were not put here to rise above others. You are unique but not special and that’s not a bad thing because it means all of us can achieve some kind of greatness. You were not put here to be against others. You were put here with others. . . Don’t stop searching. There is no comfort in giving up. There are large parts of you that don’t exist yet. The greatest you you could be, is still waiting to be found. Get up and look. . . Tell me again, the story of all the things I cannot do, so I can tell you the story of how I will do them. . . And strum my fingers gently across your skin, like I was playing the slowest love song in the world and only you and I could hear it. . . Avoid people who tell you that you must live apart from your heart. Art is found in the heart. . . You are beautiful and loved by the universe that made you, with every atom and star moving in perfect alignment to make you, you. . . It may have just been a moment to you, but it changed every single one that followed for me. . . The conversation between your fingers and someone else’s skin. This is the most important discussion you can ever have. . . You don’t have to be the person you tell people you are. You can just be who you are. . . Even if you write down everything that’s ever crossed your heart, there will still come a day when none of your words can explain how you feel. . . One day, they will make a public holiday called “The Day Of Saying Things You Did Not Say.” On that day, you will walk into a quiet room and discover someone waiting for you who you have not seen in a long time, and you will be given the chance to say things you did not say during the time you knew them. This day will be more popular than Christmas. . . Just pretend you’re in a movie. Be as brave and as full of love as the main character. Because we all need to believe in movies, sometimes. . . Never regret the price you pay to become who you are. . . First day on earth. 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. . . Just so you know, there are certain people who were put here to break you. So you could learn how to pull yourself back together again. . . . [20:26, 9/29/2019] Nadeen Amr: Let them hate you but let it be because you are a good person in a bad world and bad always hates good. . . Science and art. Washing dishes and adding numbers. Driving taxis and sailing ships. Find what you love. It doesn’t matter what it is or how much money you’ll make or what people will think of you. Just find it and hold on tightly. . . “No one will ever understand you in the way that you desperately want them to understand you.” “You will watch all your favourite musicians kill themselves and all your movie stars will grow old.” . . Oh shut up. Every time it rains, it stops raining. Every time you hurt, you heal. After darkness, there is always light and you get reminded of this every morning but still you choose to believe that the night will last forever. Nothing lasts forever. Not the good or the bad. So you might as well smile while you’re here. . . Rain is the world secretly crying for you, when no one else will. . . Those who walk away from you in the dark should be forgotten in the light. . . Times will be tough like old leather and gravel roads occasionally. Times will be easy, like Sunday morning, every now and then. What you do during these times will define you as a person and a human being. Your humanity towards others, your will to make the world a better place for you and those around you and your identity as a citizen of the world. All these things count. . . Most of us will decide that it’s too soon or too late in life to go after what we really want. Most of us will never actually sit down and think about what we really want. Most of us will spend more time reading status updates than we spend reading books. . . Be the few. . . Joy. Peace. Happiness. All these things are found in the tiniest of spaces. You just need to know where to look. . . If nothing else, one day you can look someone straight in the eyes and say, “But I lived through it. And it made me who I am today.” . . Live like nature. Explode slowly, day by, from the center outwards. You won’t notice how brightly you burn or how big you’ve grown until you look back. And then you will be amazed. . . You think you’re the only one who feels small. You think you’re the only one who isn’t sure what tomorrow might bring. You think you’re the only one who’s scared the world might eat them. We suffer together and hold each other tight because when we touch each other, we know: You are never alone. Ever. . . I keep wondering, how many people do you need to be, before you can become yourself. . . It does not count if you believe in yourself when it’s easy to believe in yourself. It does not count if you believe the world can be a better place when the future looks bright. It does not count if you think you’re going to make it when the finish line is right in front of you. It counts when it’s hard to believe in yourself, when it looks like the world’s going to end and you’ve still got a long way to go. That’s when it counts. That’s when it matters the most. . . . Pictures are a way to say things you can’t say. . . Yet you still value the things you’ve lost the most. Because the things you’ve lost are still perfect in your head. They never rusted. They never broke. They are made of the memories you once had, which only grow rosier and brighter, day by day. They are made of the dreams of how wonderful things could have been and must never suffer the indignity of actually still existing. Of being real. Of having flaws. Of breaking and deteriorating. Only the things you no longer have will always be perfect. . . . The Camera Is A Bag For Memories . . art is the word we give to our feelings made public. . . I keep thinking you already know. I keep thinking I’ve sent you letters that were only ever written in my mind. . . The reason the Willow weeps: It weeps for you late at night, when sleep does not come easily. It weeps for the one you miss. It weeps for the dreams on the tips of your fingers. It weeps for appointments missed and it weeps for the tears in your pillow. It weeps for the silence and it weeps for the noise. It weeps for formal letters where once, language was spoken as close to your ear as possible. It weeps for betrayal, intended or not. It weeps for the friends you once were. It weeps for the colours faded. It weeps for sunrise. It weeps for a death in the family and it weeps when a baby is born. It weeps for the last time you touched. It weeps for words that can never be taken back. It weeps so hard and so much and so often. So you don’t have to. So you can carry on. It weeps for you. When you have run out of weeping. . . I hope you remember all the people you still have time to be. I hope the little things in your life inspire you to do big things with it. . . . You are defined by the way in which you treat the people you love. And, the people you hate. . . . I want to fight over little things with you. . . You make me nostalgic for a love that hasn’t even happened yet. . . And now, how can I miss what has never existed. . . There are people doing great things that they don’t know are great yet. They sit in their bedrooms, not knowing they are writing the most beautiful song you will ever hear. They go to their jobs, hiding great novels somewhere in the depths of their computers. They paint, not knowing how important their picture will be. They do all this with no promise of any reward or any recognition, and so there are truly great, secret things, everywhere. Waiting to explode. It is the most beautiful thing in the world. . . The bad news is, people are crueller, meaner and more evil than you’ve ever imagined. The good news is, people are kinder, gentler and more loving than you’ve ever dreamed. . . You might not always like me, the things I do or the way I do them. But these are my things, this is the way I do them and I am me. . . everyone, somewhere, is someone, if we only give them a chance. . . Someone you haven’t even met yet is wondering what it’d be like to know someone like you. . . Death isn’t when your heart stops. Death is when you give up who you could be for the safety of who you are. . . All the hardest, coldest people you meet were once as soft as water. And that’s the tragedy of living. . . You are constantly surrounded by incredible beauty wherever you go. Stop. And look around you. . . You are the best parts of all the songs I love. . . Your poetry is lonely. And yet, you write to feel less alone. . . Somewhere, someone knows the words to the songs you sing. . . I have told the sky all my loneliest thoughts of you. And all it does is shine starlight back at me. But I guess that’s what makes it such a good listener. . . It can be hard to convince yourself that the things you feel aren’t real. But in order to actually interact with the world, sometimes you must act as if you don’t feel them, at all. . . I’ve written you a hundred messages that I’ll never send. . . I hope one day you get to love someone like you love breathing air or drinking water. Like they are fundamental to your existence, needed and necessary. I hope you get to love like gravity loves, like the sun loves the Earth. Like warm sunlight upon soil that makes plants grow. I hope one day you get to love like that. .

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa Marie

    I received a copy of this via netgalley in exchnage for an honest review. How this poetry collection works: The photographer sends a photo the writer (they've never met) a new photo every day from wherever he is which the poet then writes a poem/short piece of prose inspired by the photograph and written for whoever might be reading it. This contains new and old pieces from the past 10 years of this project. THIS IS WONDERFUL. The process behind it is fascinating and I love it so much. It's intere I received a copy of this via netgalley in exchnage for an honest review. How this poetry collection works: The photographer sends a photo the writer (they've never met) a new photo every day from wherever he is which the poet then writes a poem/short piece of prose inspired by the photograph and written for whoever might be reading it. This contains new and old pieces from the past 10 years of this project. THIS IS WONDERFUL. The process behind it is fascinating and I love it so much. It's interesting to see how the picture inspires the writer and what writing comes out of it. The pictures at first I thought would either be knocking you over the head obvious or really obscure. And I think it landed somewhere in between. I found that while reading the poem that suddenly the meaning of the picture would start to appear and it happened in such a natural way that I think that if one was there without the other, something would be missing. I loooooved the writing style. I'm no poetry expert so I can't critique the writing too much, but I did think it was really good. I also liked how the poems were assembled, it had a really nice flow. The reason it's not a perfect read for me was because I did find myself getting a tad bored at times. I don't really why this was. Maybe I just couldn't relate to certain pieces? I do find that some poetry is hard to read/care about if you can't relate or don't understand what the point they're trying to get across is. But other than some mild boredom, I really did love this. Can't wait to see more books from this project!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chloe Metzger

    While writing this review I was torn. This is, without question a collection of beautiful words and ideas. Some of these made my heart want to burst, others I read and felt like someone understood me. It is a wonderful collection, however, I would recommend reading this as a physical copy as the ebook version simply doesn't do it justice! That said, it was hard to understand what was going on, who was writing. This is my first experience with this particular author and I found myself quite confu While writing this review I was torn. This is, without question a collection of beautiful words and ideas. Some of these made my heart want to burst, others I read and felt like someone understood me. It is a wonderful collection, however, I would recommend reading this as a physical copy as the ebook version simply doesn't do it justice! That said, it was hard to understand what was going on, who was writing. This is my first experience with this particular author and I found myself quite confused by the project with little structure to the pieces. For some there were simply sentences in bold, while other pieces were pages long! It was enjoyable but I spent the first half of the book completely confused as to what was going on! Overall I gave this 3 stars. There is true beauty in this book, I would have just liked to have understood it more. Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for this opportunity to review. More reviews available on www.chloemetzger.com

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