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About the Author

 The enchanting work of Sydney author Lang Leav swings between the whimsical and woeful, expressing a complexity beneath its childlike facade. Her imagination stretches across a variety of disciplines encompassing art, poetry, and books.

 Frequently invited to exhibit at high profile exhibitions in Australia, the U.S., and other countries, she has built a loyal following of international fans. Her handcrafted book, Charlie's Widow, was presented to iconic film director Tim Burton at the opening of his Wonderland exhibition at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

 Lang is a recipient of The Qantas Spirit of Youth Award and was granted a prestigious Churchill Fellowship.

 She has completed shows in several cities, including Santa Monica for the renowned Copro Gallery, who have worked with artists such as Mark Ryden and Audrey Kawasaki. She was handpicked to exhibit in the landmark "Playboy Redux", curated by The Warhol Museum and Playboy Enterprises, alongside contemporary greats such as Gary Baseman and Tara McPherson. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Lang Leav (April 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0473235501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0473235505
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (298 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #619,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

The enchanting work of contemporary author and artist Lang Leav swings between the whimsical and woeful, expressing a complexity beneath its child-like facade.

Her imagination stretches across a variety of disciplines encompassing art, poetry and books. She is currently represented by New York literary agent Al Zuckerman from Writers House.

Frequently invited to exhibit at high profile exhibitions locally and overseas, she has since built up a loyal following of international fans. Her handcrafted book, Charlie's Widow, was presented to iconic film director Tim Burton at the opening of his Wonderland exhibition at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

Lang is a recipient of The Qantas Spirit of Youth Award and was later granted a coveted Churchill Fellowship. Her fashion label Akina has achieved critical and commercial success, stocked in key boutiques around Australia and later in cutting edge Harajuku, Japan.

She has completed shows in several cities including Santa Monica for the renowned Copro gallery; who have worked with artists such as Mark Ryden and Audrey Kawasaki. She was hand-picked to exhibit in the landmark 'Playboy Redux' curated by The Warhol Museum and Playboy Enterprises; alongside contemporary greats such as Gary Baseman and Tara McPherson.

In 2013, Lang launched her latest book Love & Misadventure, published in the US by Andrews McMeel. The Amazon #1 Bestseller is now available from major bookstores worldwide including Barnes & Noble, Kinokuniya, Fully Booked, Waterstones, Periplus and Chapters/Indigo.

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Veronica on July 20, 2013
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I've always loved whatever Lang Leav posted on Tumblr. Whether it'd be original or from someone else, it was always pleasing to read and I could always relate. When I heard the news about this book, I was extremely thrilled. The thought of having the works of an incredible poet and artist in this form was unreal. After what seemed to feel like years, the book finally came in the mail. And might I say, the wait was terribly long. I think that's the only con of purchasing it through the mail. It's worth it though. The poems are short and sweet and my favorite were of the short stories sprinkled throughout the book (if that's what they're called). I absolutely love this book. I hope I don't come off as wacko, but it's really great. Go treat yourself and purchase this, ya won't regret it :)
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mernay on June 30, 2013
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This book is simple, yet brilliant and beautiful. It's charming, cute, sad, and sweet. Some of the verses hit home, and are very relatable. I must have bunny eared at least 10 favorites. The first part is "Misadventure" - quirky and offbeat. The second part (and my favorite), is "The Circus of Sorrows". Anyone who's ever been through heartbreak can relate to this section. And lastly, part three - "Love" is uplifting. It reminds us of what we have, or what we have to look forward to. Lang Leav is truly an artist of all sorts. Excellent, simple book to read. Highly recommend.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rupa on June 5, 2013
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There are some pieces in here that resonate so deep, it's uncanny that they're someone else's words. She's a treasure and so is this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Maggie Stanton on March 21, 2015
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I happened upon the author Lang Leav on Tumblr, as most others do. I follow several poetry themed blogs and one of them featured an article about Lang, who I was immediately intrigued by. I am an avid reader of poetry but regretfully I haven't read as much contemporary poetry as I'd like to, so naturally I was thrilled to learn about this best selling contemporary poet. I immediately followed her Tumblr and went out to purchase her book, excited to experience the hype myself.
Well, as evident in this review's rating, I was disappointed. Despite its appealing cover, the book itself is hollow, most pages offering no more than a very short poem (often about five-ten lines) and an excessive amount of blank space. I did find Lang's artwork to be lovely and what I consider the highlight of the book—certainly where her talent is most evident. The poetry, however, is rather dull, unfortunately, and lacking in any original insight. For example, here is the complete poem entitled "Heart on the Line":

"Love is good,
it is never bad—
but it will drive you mad!
When it is given to you,
in dribs and drabs."

Ugh.
Ultimately, in reading the entirety of this book, I can't help but surmise that Lang is missing the point entirely. The way I see it, poetry is not about pretty fonts or white space, it's about creating an image, idea or experience with words so powerful and enticing that the reader feels an emotional shift in their being. This book, however, appears to be crafted to be so simplistic and general that if any functioning, literate human read it, they could find it relatable. As a result, it is so unbearably trite and impersonal that any functioning human with an ounce of poetic comprehension should find it revolting.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Santana on June 8, 2013
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I have been in love with Lang's poems for ages on tumblr, and waiting for her book was like torture but, it was so worth it! Nothing beats having them in your hands. Her poems resonate with you on a deep level and sometimes it's just a few words and sometimes it's a lot of words--but the impact is the same. They're perfect. Some of my favorites aren't in here but that's okay because I saved them and print them out anyway lol. I can't wait to continue reading them! I'm so happy for her that she was able to publish her book- it must feel amazing.

<3 these poems, her art is beautiful and different as well, so that's is a bonus to see!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By daniel on May 13, 2014
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I probably wrote better poetry when I was 12, good cover design though, don't buy it, unless you like throwing away your money
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Janene Roch on June 18, 2013
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While most of her poems touch some part of you, you will occasionally stumble across one that makes you catch your breath because yes, that sums exactly how you feel now or how you felt then.

You can tell how she has grown as a writer as you read them and not every poem will resonate, but that is why reading her book of poetry is such a fun. It is a treasure hunt and the thrill when you come find the true gems sprinkled through out is exhilarating. Don't misunderstand: none of her poems are total duds, but you can see her growth as a writer and a few of them seriously outshine the others.
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25 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Valentin Beaumanoir on October 10, 2013
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The cover and its texture, as well as the font type is beautiful, however; most of her poems do not reflect that beauty. I understand "simplicity. Simplicity. Simplicity," but i felt like I was reading a seventh grader's poetry. As a person who loves poetry and enjoys reading and appreciates embedded beauty and meanings, I was quite displeased and am hoping to get a refund. I feel like I got excited over a book that did not meet its hype or my expectations. it is all dependent on individual preference, but personally, I don't think it's worth buying, only reading online.
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