Planting Gardens in Graves
From the beloved author of Whiskey, Words, and a Shovel comes the first volume in an all new series.r.h. Sin returns with a force in Planting Gardens in Graves: a powerful collection of poetry that hones in on the themes dearest to his readers. This original volume celebrates connection, mourns heartbreak, and above all, empowers its readers to seek the love they deserve.

Planting Gardens in Graves Details

TitlePlanting Gardens in Graves
Author
ReleaseFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherAndrews McMeel Publishing
ISBN-139781449487171
Rating
GenrePoetry, Holiday, Christmas

Planting Gardens in Graves Review

  • Joseph
    January 1, 1970
    R.H. Sin has gained many fans over the last couple of years. His Whiskey, Words, and a Shovel sold out and copies were fetching quite a price. Sin made his name with short poems and used language to make words carry their maximum weight. Since the release of Whiskey, Words, and a Shovel two things have happened. First, there are collections of "poetry" flooding the market that are essentially cliches and platitudes, but nonetheless, have been readers professing love for poetry. This dilutes the R.H. Sin has gained many fans over the last couple of years. His Whiskey, Words, and a Shovel sold out and copies were fetching quite a price. Sin made his name with short poems and used language to make words carry their maximum weight. Since the release of Whiskey, Words, and a Shovel two things have happened. First, there are collections of "poetry" flooding the market that are essentially cliches and platitudes, but nonetheless, have been readers professing love for poetry. This dilutes the work of Sin who actually uses language as a tool. Secondly, on this same note, Sin essentially writes on the same subject in all his books. That being said it does take several books before the writing seems to repeat. This is not bad in itself. It happens and sometimes it is very good. For example, AC/DC put out seventeen albums using the same three cords and was/is one of the most popular bands in rock and roll. Familiar subject matter is not always a problem; it just needs to seem fresh.I do like that Sin keeps increasing the length of his poems. Also, he can bring new ideas into the mix. This collection works well for the fans of Sin's work and also for a newcomer. For the casual reader who has read one or two of his books with only moderate interest, there is really nothing new for you here. I do hope Sin expands his themes and continues to work longer poems. Like his work or not he certainly did create a market for himself.Available February 6, 2018
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  • Fleur (FranklyBooks)
    January 1, 1970
    edit: The author has denounced the idea that one of his poems is about suicide in my comment section so I've swapped the word 'suicide' with 'death'. He has brought to my attention that he has suffered the traumatic loss of his premature brother and that my interpretation of a poem about suicide is incorrect. I feel for him and hope he finds peace. However, I still stand by my first interpretation that the poem under my 'romanticising suicide' category is harmful. Furthermore, I believe that int edit: The author has denounced the idea that one of his poems is about suicide in my comment section so I've swapped the word 'suicide' with 'death'. He has brought to my attention that he has suffered the traumatic loss of his premature brother and that my interpretation of a poem about suicide is incorrect. I feel for him and hope he finds peace. However, I still stand by my first interpretation that the poem under my 'romanticising suicide' category is harmful. Furthermore, I believe that interpreting the poem as romanticising suicide is completely valid and the author could not have expected me to know that he had a premature baby brother. I received an ARC of Planting Gardens in Graves via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I was honestly so close to rating this 4 stars. So goddamn close. You might not be able to tell from my Goodreads reviews, but R.H. Sin is not a new author to me. I used to have a physical copy of Whiskey Words & a Shovel II. However, I never got around to reviewing it because it was a very quick DNF and I sold it off as soon as I realised it wasn’t for me. I had hopes that this one was going to be different. At the beginning, it was. Most of the poems were heartfelt and they had enough depth to differentiate them from mere sentences. Some of them were empowering. Others evoked deep consideration about the meaning of love. Y’know, things that poems are supposed to do. That all changed after I got to around the 100-page mark. FUCK. The book very quickly dipped into ‘what the fuck’ territory. Nothing was sacred. The author romanticised suicide in a very cliche overdone way. 2 strikes in one. He praised himself as a ‘nice guy’ which has some very uncomfortable connotations. Finally, his poems derailed into mere sentences. And then ended. The depth was gone. The originality was gone. I was left with the same idea reiterated over and over. Not being facetious, but the entirety of the book’s second half could be condensed into one or two poems. R.H. Sin definitely did not need 100 pages to say what he did.No Subtletymen beg for entry then label women whoresas they exit men chase pussy then degrade women for giving it to them He’s saying the exact same thing in the two different stanzas. The first is more poetic. The second is just a reiteration of the first but in a slightly less poetic way, as though he thinks that the reader probably hasn’t understood the first stanza. Perhaps his books appeal more to younger demographics, but that doesn’t mean they’re idiots.Short Sentencesthey love pussybut not the womenthey get it fromLet’s change that into a sentence. Imagine that this appears at the end of a heart-wrenching article about gender equality and being taken for granted. They love pussy, but not the women they get it from. Now, which format has the most impact?In my opinion, the sentence packs a lot more punch than the poem that R.H. Sin has written. That’s not good. Poetry and the structure of poetry is supposed to enhance meaning or send a message. This jarred structure may do it for some people but it is nowhere near as impactful as it is in prose. Romanticising Suicidei loved youbut heaven loved you morei needed youbut heaven needed you morei lost you but gained an angelI completely understand that this might be a way that someone deals with the suicide death of someone that they used to be close to. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s healthy – especially when written in a book that’s supposed to appeal to those who are depressed or feeling down. In the words of the Goodreads synopsis, this original volume celebrates connection, mourns heartbreak, and above all, empowers its readers to seek the love they deserve.In my opinion, books that celebrate should not be celebrating the creation of an ‘angel’. There really isn’t anything about suicide death that should be celebrated. Perhaps people can find peace in the idea that the one whom they loved is in a better place but it’s still pretty sketchy. I Swear I’m A Nice Guyit’s time for men to step upor lose their women to men like meLet’s get something straight first; I’m 100% for confidence. You feel good about yourself? Good. Having confidence in yourself is a wonderful thing and not vain as so many people perceive it to be. However, there is a time where one must look at oneself and consider if that confidence is completely well-founded.This poem reminded me of r/niceguys. In summary, these are basically guys who complain about how no one is willing to fuck him despite being such a nice person. Of course, they really aren’t as nice as they think they are and may actually be bigger douchebags than the ‘assholes’ who actually have girlfriends. I believe that R.H Sin might be emulating one of these people, but doesn’t actually realise it. He says that men will ‘lose their women’ as if we are possessions to be lost. News flash! We’re not. It could be a slip in grammar, but coupled with the whole ‘I’m better than all the other men out there’ attitude, this poem makes me uncomfortable. In Conclusion. This book is a personal experience and some may have a great deal of trouble getting through some of the poems. This could be due to mental triggers or the short, blurry sentences. Having said all of that, the first half of the book did actually house some thoughtful poetry. Want my advice? Stop at around page 130. You’ll have read most of the original ideas in the book and will probably enjoy it. So I’m going to end on a positive note with a poem with some "pretty dope" imagery. women with sharp tonguescut through weak menlikes knives to breadnote: I'm not sure that I want to recommend with book anymore due to the somewhat patronising comment left by the author. I appreciate that he has lost someone special to him, but it's uncomfortable to have a grown man comment on a teenagers review telling them that they're wrong. Post this incident, I've shared this poem numerous others and suicide IS a common interpretation.
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  • Addy Gonzalez
    January 1, 1970
    Actual Rating: 4.5The poems are short with some increasing in length. The wording is not too flowery or frivolous. They can be short and packed with a lot of thought and meaning. As the first work I have read from r.h. sin, I have to say I was not disappointed.I did feel that some poems were a bit repetitive as if he just rearranged the words to sound different, but that was not always the case. Some poems were repeats, but felt different in a way. Personally, I did enjoy it and I would consider Actual Rating: 4.5The poems are short with some increasing in length. The wording is not too flowery or frivolous. They can be short and packed with a lot of thought and meaning. As the first work I have read from r.h. sin, I have to say I was not disappointed.I did feel that some poems were a bit repetitive as if he just rearranged the words to sound different, but that was not always the case. Some poems were repeats, but felt different in a way. Personally, I did enjoy it and I would consider reading more works by r.h. sin in the future.I received a galley from NetGalley at no cost from the author or NetGalley.
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  • Nadine
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. r.h. Sin does it again... an incredible collection of poetry in this small yet powerful book. I thoroughly enjoy Sin's thought process and the way he looks at relationships and women through. It is a fresh view in the poetry scene (for me) as it comes from a male's point of view. This is interesting to me and I like looking at things in different ways. This collection of poetry reminds me a lot of Amanda Lovelace's work, but from I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. r.h. Sin does it again... an incredible collection of poetry in this small yet powerful book. I thoroughly enjoy Sin's thought process and the way he looks at relationships and women through. It is a fresh view in the poetry scene (for me) as it comes from a male's point of view. This is interesting to me and I like looking at things in different ways. This collection of poetry reminds me a lot of Amanda Lovelace's work, but from a male perspective. I read this book all in one sitting, so I clearly enjoyed it. The poems were very short, yet powerful in their own ways. Regardless of how quickly you read this book, these poems will all make you feel something. Anyone who has ever loved or lost (or both) will be able to relate to these poems. I did want to rate this a full five stars, but some of the poetry did become a bit repetitive about half way through the book. This was really the only downfall that I found in this collection, so I will give it a 4/5 stars as my overall rating. I would recommend this collection to anyone who enjoys poetry, or is looking for a piece of work to make you feel something.
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  • Nathaniel Darkish
    January 1, 1970
    Kinda had some problems with this collection. Some of the poems were fine, some were pretty dang good, and both of those camps were primarily poetry dealing with personal topics. The problematic poetry dealt with the topic of women being mistreated/being in abusive relationships and the like. I think that exploring that topic would be fine for a male author to do, possibly in one or two poems, but considering that a good third of the book is dealing with that topic made me feel like Sin was tell Kinda had some problems with this collection. Some of the poems were fine, some were pretty dang good, and both of those camps were primarily poetry dealing with personal topics. The problematic poetry dealt with the topic of women being mistreated/being in abusive relationships and the like. I think that exploring that topic would be fine for a male author to do, possibly in one or two poems, but considering that a good third of the book is dealing with that topic made me feel like Sin was telling women how to live their lives in a way that I wasn't really comfortable with. It was like he was trying to tell women to be empowered and not be in bad relationships, and while I agree with the idea that women shouldn't bow down to negative situations like that, the idea of a man getting up on a literary pedestal and saying it over and over (in a way that was pretty tiresomely repetitive) really didn't work for me. Especially since he does quite a bit of self-congratulating as well, suggesting how great a guy HE is. I just think maybe he's the wrong voice to be expressing this idea.
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  • Tia Schmidt
    January 1, 1970
    I actually don't despise poetry, but it definitely isn't my favorite. Especially contemporary poetry. Still, I had higher hopes for this collection since R.H. Sin is a well known poet and I had previously heard of his work. There were some great poems that I really enjoyed at the beginning, but near the middle of the collection it began to get repetitive. For the most part all the poems seemed to be about the same main topic. They were over simplified and I didn't connect well with a majority of I actually don't despise poetry, but it definitely isn't my favorite. Especially contemporary poetry. Still, I had higher hopes for this collection since R.H. Sin is a well known poet and I had previously heard of his work. There were some great poems that I really enjoyed at the beginning, but near the middle of the collection it began to get repetitive. For the most part all the poems seemed to be about the same main topic. They were over simplified and I didn't connect well with a majority of the poems even though I agree with him on almost everything. I ended up not even finishing it. The writing style and repetition just weren't for me. AT ALL.*I received a free ARC of this poetry collection through NetGalley*
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  • Rhiannon Rae
    January 1, 1970
    Planting Gardens in Graves was a lovely collection of poetry that explored themes of love, hate, and loss. I enjoyed a few pieces thoroughly, most pieces somewhat, and some not so much. I would recommend this to Sin’s fans and readers who enjoy work like Milk and Honey. For readers who have dealt with heartbreak of this kind I know many of these poems will resonate more than they did with me. My biggest issue was the repetitive nature of the poems, it felt like many of the poems held the same co Planting Gardens in Graves was a lovely collection of poetry that explored themes of love, hate, and loss. I enjoyed a few pieces thoroughly, most pieces somewhat, and some not so much. I would recommend this to Sin’s fans and readers who enjoy work like Milk and Honey. For readers who have dealt with heartbreak of this kind I know many of these poems will resonate more than they did with me. My biggest issue was the repetitive nature of the poems, it felt like many of the poems held the same contents, but there were a few I highlighted that will stick with me, specifically “hiding.” I so appreciate th opportunity to review this ARC from Netgalley, I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions stated are my own.
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  • Soudha
    January 1, 1970
    Overall, many readers will probably find this collection quite enjoyable. But while several poems here stood out for their beautiful prose, I did find that others fell a little flat. Despite this inconsistency in quality though, for the most, these poems remain very relatable, especially for readers who have also loved and lost significant others. I would have liked a little more complexity and depth in the poems though. That being said, I would still recommend this collection for fans of this g Overall, many readers will probably find this collection quite enjoyable. But while several poems here stood out for their beautiful prose, I did find that others fell a little flat. Despite this inconsistency in quality though, for the most, these poems remain very relatable, especially for readers who have also loved and lost significant others. I would have liked a little more complexity and depth in the poems though. That being said, I would still recommend this collection for fans of this genre.
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  • Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5 StarsI read an e-arc of this book via NetGalleyThis, in my opinion, may be one of the best collections of poetry R.H. Sin has put out to date, perhaps even the best. Sin's simplistic style of modern poetry is straight and to the point rather than being coated in sugary and flowery metaphors, while still packing an all-too powerful punch. Many of the works in this collection resonated with me far more than his previous works have and I would highly recommend this collection to fans of poetr 4.5/5 StarsI read an e-arc of this book via NetGalleyThis, in my opinion, may be one of the best collections of poetry R.H. Sin has put out to date, perhaps even the best. Sin's simplistic style of modern poetry is straight and to the point rather than being coated in sugary and flowery metaphors, while still packing an all-too powerful punch. Many of the works in this collection resonated with me far more than his previous works have and I would highly recommend this collection to fans of poetry&Sin as well as those just getting into poetry.
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  • Krys
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is my first time reading r. h. sin but I’ve heard the name a lot and a co-worker has highly suggested him in the past and she hasn’t led me wrong yet in poetry suggestions. Planting Gardens in Graves is modern poetry at its best. Sin looks at both how relationships can be good but also in the ways that relationships are ugly. I appreciated the approach of not all love is great, not all love is healthy, and sometimes you can I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is my first time reading r. h. sin but I’ve heard the name a lot and a co-worker has highly suggested him in the past and she hasn’t led me wrong yet in poetry suggestions. Planting Gardens in Graves is modern poetry at its best. Sin looks at both how relationships can be good but also in the ways that relationships are ugly. I appreciated the approach of not all love is great, not all love is healthy, and sometimes you can do better than what you have. Would definitely recommend to modern poetry fans,
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  • Anna-Maria
    January 1, 1970
    Somehow... I can't seem to warm up to contemporary poetry. Sin's collection is an extensive one and I loved the title as well as the minimalistic cover (just look at it!), but to me most of the poems sound like recycled run-of-the-mill text posts shared by teens on facebook. The major theme is breakup, but the patterns did get repetitive after some time, and I ultimately can't remember a single piece that stayed with me for longer than a minute. I'm sorry, but perhaps this one simply isn't for m Somehow... I can't seem to warm up to contemporary poetry. Sin's collection is an extensive one and I loved the title as well as the minimalistic cover (just look at it!), but to me most of the poems sound like recycled run-of-the-mill text posts shared by teens on facebook. The major theme is breakup, but the patterns did get repetitive after some time, and I ultimately can't remember a single piece that stayed with me for longer than a minute. I'm sorry, but perhaps this one simply isn't for me.*I received a digital copy through netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Rebekah
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley for an advanced copy. I feel like too much of R.H. Sin's work is repetitive. I feel like he could branch out more from just talking about being hurt in past relationships, especially since he's happily married now. I used to be a bigger fan of his, but frankly, his books are just so tiresome now. It's probably because I'm in a much better place now.
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  • Tarah Hodges-Wilkins
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited to receive this book, the authors other books where amazing but this one fell kind of short. Still an enjoyable read but not as good as his previous work.
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