Exits, Desires, & Slow Fires
It’s going to hit you below the belt. 
You’re going to reach for the 
closest stand-in lover you can 
find & you’re going to make 
a home in their body & 
you’re going to pretend your 
childhood memories are hung 
in his chest & you skinned your knee 
tripping over the curve of his arm 
& you have always been here.

Exits, Desires, & Slow Fires Details

TitleExits, Desires, & Slow Fires
Author
ReleaseSep 21st, 2017
PublisherRogue Books
ISBN-139781547104352
Rating
GenrePoetry

Exits, Desires, & Slow Fires Review

  • Ashley (5171MilesBooks)
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed on: 5171 Miles Book Blog.When the woman who made me love poetry releases a new collection, you better believe I’m all but foaming at the mouth to get a taste. Her words are among my favorites ever written. Just look at this cover, guys. We’re not supposed to get our hopes up based on an image, but after gazing at this cover how can we not?Luckily, the content inside was exactly up to par and paired perfectly with the stunning cover photo. J.R. Rogue’s composition of words is pure art. I Reviewed on: 5171 Miles Book Blog.When the woman who made me love poetry releases a new collection, you better believe I’m all but foaming at the mouth to get a taste. Her words are among my favorites ever written. Just look at this cover, guys. We’re not supposed to get our hopes up based on an image, but after gazing at this cover how can we not?Luckily, the content inside was exactly up to par and paired perfectly with the stunning cover photo. J.R. Rogue’s composition of words is pure art. In such few words, she is able to create the imagery of a scene in a novel. I become fully immersed in the picture she paints and am always left craving more. I want to crawl inside her mind to reveal the stories behind poems. The mystery of not knowing or understanding the full stories behind a page-full of words is absolutely captivating.Without giving much away about the content within, I wanted to share some of my favorite lines from a few poems in this collection:“The idea of me & the idea of youlook better together anyway.”“I liked you better when you liked me less.”“I’m no open book but one look at my cover& you’re whispering my plot twists beforeI’ve had a chance to blow on the ink.”The longest poem in the collection, “It’s Going to Hit You Violently” was undoubtedly my favorite. Rogue can rip my heart out and serve it on a platter. I could write my entire review on this poem alone. I’m in awe of the world she crafted in my brain, the feelings she evoked, and the absolutely empathy I was able to feel through reading her words.Rogue is a master of the mantra, “Less is more.”Fewer words = all the feels.
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  • Alicia Cook
    January 1, 1970
    I was provided an advanced copy of Exits, Desires, & Slow Fires by J.R.Rogue in exchange for an honest review. And hon-est-ly: 5 stars.Rogue is focused, deliberate, and seasoned in her latest release that is a mix of poetry and prose, with most pieces taking up most of the page, leaving very little room for negative space (thank you for killing trees the humane way). Each piece is strong, there is no filler in this book. Rogue is a wordsmith. Her command of the poetic language is unparallele I was provided an advanced copy of Exits, Desires, & Slow Fires by J.R.Rogue in exchange for an honest review. And hon-est-ly: 5 stars.Rogue is focused, deliberate, and seasoned in her latest release that is a mix of poetry and prose, with most pieces taking up most of the page, leaving very little room for negative space (thank you for killing trees the humane way). Each piece is strong, there is no filler in this book. Rogue is a wordsmith. Her command of the poetic language is unparalleled and sets her apart from other contemporary poets.Long time readers of Rogue will be able to recognize this work as hers just by reading a few of the pieces - she has mastered the artistry of her own voice and style. She knows exactly who she is as an artist."My poems are shallow gravesthat give me away,"she writes in one of the pieces. Instead of pulling out overdone cliches, Rogue pulls from her own life (in the work, she also mentions trying to "pull songs from her flesh"). Fans of Rogue will also notice her familiar use of the ampersand, the theme of unrequited loved, and the light biblical references, a nod to living on the bible belt.Simply put, if you started to lose faith in the poetry collections you've been buying on Amazon, this book will reinstate your love for bittersweet prose.You'll be able to read it in one sitting, but will find yourself revisiting. Maybe even pulling some lines to complement your latest Instagram post. Now I want to share some of my favorite lines from larger pieces within the book:"I can't bring myself to face the truth of it all.That she was the heroine & I was just a plot device...""I feel like you're more of aghost in this townthan the legend you'd thought you'd be."Rogue has always shined brightest when writing about unrequited love. In this collection, she has hit her stride and most other writers will be eating her dust.
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  • Inked Avenue
    January 1, 1970
    "Tell me you're sorry so we can both try on the lie."Unforgiving pain, wanting, longing, fierce betrayal, and sweet the lies we tell each other were all themes represented in Exits, Desires, & Slow Fires. This collection of poetry will cut you down to the bones as the intense, dark, and heartbreaking words slash across the canvas that Rogue paints for her readers."If you break my heart & I still smile, was it ever love at all?"Each and every poem's voice is strong with an unyielding filt "Tell me you're sorry so we can both try on the lie."Unforgiving pain, wanting, longing, fierce betrayal, and sweet the lies we tell each other were all themes represented in Exits, Desires, & Slow Fires. This collection of poetry will cut you down to the bones as the intense, dark, and heartbreaking words slash across the canvas that Rogue paints for her readers."If you break my heart & I still smile, was it ever love at all?"Each and every poem's voice is strong with an unyielding filter that makes you feel all the emotions. The way she expertly weaved her words together wrapped around my heart and took up home, and even though they are tragic poems, they had a calming effect over my soul. This is the type of writing that never leaves you. It's the kind of writing that burrows deep in you heart and stays with you. Read it!XX,Jennifer*ARC Provided by author*
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  • Vanessa (nessreads)
    January 1, 1970
    *ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review*5 "Beautifully breathtaking" Stars!!!JR Rogue has been one of my favorite writers for a long time. I was lucky enough to stumble upon her page on Instagram, and since then I have been forever grateful. Everything JR writes is beyond amazing. She makes you feel everything she writes. She has the ability to open your heart and feed you every single emotion she pours into her poems. And that visceral feeling that tugs at your soul and the uncont *ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review*5 "Beautifully breathtaking" Stars!!!JR Rogue has been one of my favorite writers for a long time. I was lucky enough to stumble upon her page on Instagram, and since then I have been forever grateful. Everything JR writes is beyond amazing. She makes you feel everything she writes. She has the ability to open your heart and feed you every single emotion she pours into her poems. And that visceral feeling that tugs at your soul and the uncontrollable urge to shed tears. She leaves you in haze. And there's nothing you can do other than absorb every single word.This collection of poetry is no different. Every one of these poems will hit you right in the heart. How? How does she do it? I honestly don't know. But with everything she writes it just gets better and better. 'It's Going To Hit You Violently' this poem cut me. I was on the floor clutching my chest. Each and every word embedded itself in the deepest parts of my marrow. I felt it. I felt the hurt. The sadness. The love. The betrayal. EVERY. SINGLE. THING. I let the tears fall without a care. These words latched themselves in my soul and I made a home for them. JR, I can't even begin to tell you what your writing does to me. I love all your words. I have lived some of your words. You are without a doubt and will always be one of my favorite poets. Thank you for becoming a writer. Thank you for your realness and authenticity. And thank you for sharing a piece of your heart with the rest of us.
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  • Dyllan J. Erikson
    January 1, 1970
    I don't know what happens to my brain when I read Rogue's words but I feel absolutely transported. I feel every sense becoming more accute, and calm all in the same breath. With expert craftsmanship she creates beautiful prose, weaving words into a masterpiece. I think most of this book was read in a trance, one where I couldn't ignore anything she wrote, where I had to take in every single letter into my soul and feel it living there. I swear I'm not exaggerating. I adore her writing, I adore h I don't know what happens to my brain when I read Rogue's words but I feel absolutely transported. I feel every sense becoming more accute, and calm all in the same breath. With expert craftsmanship she creates beautiful prose, weaving words into a masterpiece. I think most of this book was read in a trance, one where I couldn't ignore anything she wrote, where I had to take in every single letter into my soul and feel it living there. I swear I'm not exaggerating. I adore her writing, I adore her style and I adore her.
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  • Tiffany
    January 1, 1970
    Lots of desires So much nostalgic longing. I can't help but think of my own past loves while reading this. The cover is beautiful, but the content inside is even better.
  • Talon
    January 1, 1970
    She is my most favorite. Her work makes me drool and get weepy and really re-evaluate who I am. And I need that. Every day.
  • Denise Marie
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t typically seek out to read poetry. But Jens words touch my soul. Her emotion radiates off the pages. Each poem draws you in and leaves you wanting more. I find myself buying everything I can get my hands on written by her.
  • Sabrina Rourke
    January 1, 1970
    Entrancing and personalThe consistent use of the second person in addressing the subject of the poems gives this collection a deeply personal voice. It feels as though you’re reading someone’s private letters. It was absolutely captivating.
  •  •Cici• Theory of A Dreamer Book Blog♥
    January 1, 1970
    *I volunteered to review a Copy of this book from The Author* Thank you so very much Ms.Rogue!! I am extremely honored and grateful!! :) 4.5 Stars!! Being a huge admirer of Ms.Rogue's work I couldn't wait to dive into this new collection!! I fell, I fell, and then I fell some more for every piece in this book. I couldn't stop the tears from falling after reading every raw, honest, and beautiful word. A couple of times I had read the poems twice because I wanted to feel those words over and ov *I volunteered to review a Copy of this book from The Author* Thank you so very much Ms.Rogue!! I am extremely honored and grateful!! :) 4.5 Stars!! Being a huge admirer of Ms.Rogue's work I couldn't wait to dive into this new collection!! I fell, I fell, and then I fell some more for every piece in this book. I couldn't stop the tears from falling after reading every raw, honest, and beautiful word. A couple of times I had read the poems twice because I wanted to feel those words over and over again.I have too many favorites to name them all but here's a few that really stuck with me. - Barely, The Worst Kind of Game, Just Friends, All The Nameless, The Problem With Temptation, Tasted Like Poetry, It's Going To Hit You Violently, and last but certainly not least Tabula Rasa.Here's a few lines from some of the poems mentioned above that really got to me. - "You're the brutal truth when everyone else is spoon-feeding me roses." "Some days love is the worst kind of game." "You’re going to love him in reverse." I connect with a lot of Ms.Rogue's poems but this collection hit me in the heart in ways I didn't see coming. I can never do her pieces justice because they are like heartbeats - each one different but oh so powerful. She writes what many of us feel and what we hide on the inside. Ms.Rogue puts her heart, soul, blood, sweat, tears, and pain into everything she does. She knocks it out of the park with Exits, Desires, & Slow Fires!! :)I highly recommend this collection to anyone who is looking for a deep and breathtaking read. If you haven't read any of Ms.Rogue's work before you are definitely missing out so change that today!! Even if you aren't a fan of poetry I believe everyone can take something away from this and appreciate it. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did my fellow book lovers!! :)
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  • Sara Lucinda
    January 1, 1970
    I will be the first to admit that I don’t usually read very much poetry. I don’t claim to be well versed in it at all and most of what I have read has been for school.That being said, I love the poetry of J.R. Rouge. I literally stumbled across her when she was doing a little author takeover in Tarryn Fisher’s reading group. I instantly loved her poetry, they way that she noticed other people. I love her beautiful words, and she is my living proof that not all great poetry is by bald old men. Th I will be the first to admit that I don’t usually read very much poetry. I don’t claim to be well versed in it at all and most of what I have read has been for school.That being said, I love the poetry of J.R. Rouge. I literally stumbled across her when she was doing a little author takeover in Tarryn Fisher’s reading group. I instantly loved her poetry, they way that she noticed other people. I love her beautiful words, and she is my living proof that not all great poetry is by bald old men. There has got to be at least one poem, at least one line that she has written that each and every living person can relate to.This new book is no different from her others, and yet it is. In her usual truth-telling way, Rogue dials in on the way that simple, everyday actions look and feel differently to those that love them. Maybe from the way you drink your coffee to the way you turn the page of a book. I love how she notices people, and how she puts what she notices into universal words that speak to everyone.Certainly a master at painting sadness and longing but also passion and hope, at times heart-clenching angst, this collection of poems stands above any other poetry I have read (even though that resume is very short). I think that there is something in here for all ages to read, enjoy, and relate to.If you were ever curious about reading some poetry but didn’t know where to start, this is exactly where I would point you! Easy to read and easy to understand, this collection is good for both the beginner or seasoned poetry reader.I did receive a copy of this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review. I would have bought it anyways.
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  • Krystle Able
    January 1, 1970
    Jen Rogue I hate you. You make me think about and feel things that I don't want to think about or feel. When I read your poems people come to mind that break my heart all over again. You make me face my past and it's uncomfortable and makes my eyes leak. You make me analyze things I would rather be closed off to all with just a few stanzas of poetry. And, just so you know, when I say I hate Jen Rogue, what I'm actually trying to tell you is that I really, really love every.single.word that she w Jen Rogue I hate you. You make me think about and feel things that I don't want to think about or feel. When I read your poems people come to mind that break my heart all over again. You make me face my past and it's uncomfortable and makes my eyes leak. You make me analyze things I would rather be closed off to all with just a few stanzas of poetry. And, just so you know, when I say I hate Jen Rogue, what I'm actually trying to tell you is that I really, really love every.single.word that she writes. I swear she has the ability to take the feelings that we have that we can't describe and she puts them right there on paper, makes it look super easy, and breaks our heart or sews it back together depending on the poem. Some of my favorites in this collection include:Just FriendsAll the NamelessThey're Taking Bets On UsTasted Like PoetryAloneIt's Going to Hit You Violently
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  • Briana
    January 1, 1970
    This should come as no surprise if you have followed Reader with a Plan for awhile, but I absolutley love love love JR Rogue. She takes pieces of her heart and sould and shares it with the world in bold and beautiful collections. I think that one of my favorite things about JR is that she is bold and she is willing to fight. Even when she has her moments of doubt she comes back fighting and stronger. I do not pretend to know the cost this may have on her but I do admire that she continues on alw This should come as no surprise if you have followed Reader with a Plan for awhile, but I absolutley love love love JR Rogue. She takes pieces of her heart and sould and shares it with the world in bold and beautiful collections. I think that one of my favorite things about JR is that she is bold and she is willing to fight. Even when she has her moments of doubt she comes back fighting and stronger. I do not pretend to know the cost this may have on her but I do admire that she continues on always. She stands up for what she believes in and her voice is not a quiet voice. This collection of work is beautiful and with JR's writing style it is easy to feel pulled in and go through the emotions. Take your time to savor everything and to feel it because the slow burn is worth it you guys!
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  • Anjeli
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not the greatest when it comes to poetry reading. I tend to skim and skip until I reach the end. But with this book, I enjoyed savoring every word and every stanza. I let myself feel. I allowed the words to drown me with the emotions I do my best to suppress.I admit some of the pieces cut me deep. It was astonishing how words can mirror what someone is truly feeling.I am going to be always grateful for J.R. Rogue for awakening the poetry in me.
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  • Shelby (Book Lovers Have More Fun)
    January 1, 1970
    I was SO VERY EXCITED to read another book by the woman who made me fall in love with poetry. Exits, Desires, & Slow Fires' cover was STUNNING and the words inside matched it. The writing was simply CAPTIVATING. My favorite poem was It’s Going to Hit You Violently. It was so HEARTBREAKING I was drawn to it. I'll NEVER tire of this woman's writing, and I hope she NEVER stops writing.
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  • Rachel Schneider
    January 1, 1970
    My ladyAhhh so many caught my attention. I feel like I'm being torn into two directions. Makes me feel all kinds of twisted things. Rogues words always brand me in a way I never knew. I esp love them when they are written for me. Such talent Rogue has. Twisting words together is such a new fashion.
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  • Aude Odeh
    January 1, 1970
    Good Golly Ms Molly is this collection fantastic. Heartache and love and everything in between. The art of seduction for love and lust and getting lost in the difference. J. R. Rogue can do no wrong with another solid collection of poetry. You won't be disappointed by a single page.
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  • Crystel Allain
    January 1, 1970
    Great Read!I'm in love with this book. She poured a lot of feelings into it. Would definitely recommend it. I'm so glad I discovered this author.
  • Kat Savage
    January 1, 1970
    Rogue remains true to herself and never fails to give the reader an emotional experience that both hurts and heals.
  • Karen Sedgman
    January 1, 1970
    This is not a story as such, but a collection of poetry beautiful wrote!
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