All Of My Bullshit Truths
For the first time, five of J.R. Rogue's poetry chapbooks, including Goodreads Choice Awards Finalist La Douleur Exquise, can be purchased in one volume. Coming in at 320 pages, this collection contains poetry written between 2014 and 2016. Included works: La Douleur Exquise An Open Suitcase & New Blue Tears Rouge Le Chant Des Sirènes Apus

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TitleAll Of My Bullshit Truths
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ReleaseJun 17th, 2017
PublisherRogue Books
Number of pages416 pages
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GenrePoetry

All Of My Bullshit Truths Review

  • Rebecca Gates
    June 29, 2017
    J. R. Rogue has a way with words. No, really. It's kindof insane. There are times when you feel like she's crawled into your head and heart and then exposed your every feeling on paper. It's been a while since I read so much poetry at one time. I've missed it. I've missed connecting so strong to words that I didn't write, yet they feel like I did. All Of My Bullsh*t Truths had poems that were a couple of lines long, to a couple of pages long. I loved the variation and the difference in the poems J. R. Rogue has a way with words. No, really. It's kindof insane. There are times when you feel like she's crawled into your head and heart and then exposed your every feeling on paper. It's been a while since I read so much poetry at one time. I've missed it. I've missed connecting so strong to words that I didn't write, yet they feel like I did. All Of My Bullsh*t Truths had poems that were a couple of lines long, to a couple of pages long. I loved the variation and the difference in the poems. However, it also felt like they all went together. For a book of so many poems, it flowed well. You can tell she wrote them all and wrote them all with every fiber of her being. She didn't pull any stops and didn't cut herself short. I needed these poems. I needed some of the words. They hit me in the feels and I loved every second of it. "That was the thing, about telling you my stories. About my scars. You absorbed them. You absorbed me. You ached with me. You reached for me. With your hands. With your voice. With your poetry. & I wasn’t alone.""I’ve always been told I am too intimidating to approach, and it’s strange to me that they can’t see how soft my heart is."I've loved everything that Rogue has written and I enjoyed this book of poems to no end. I want to print and frame many of them. They speak to your soul.
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  • Krystle Able
    June 29, 2017
    Writing a review for J.R. Rogue is hard. Writing a review on any poetry is difficult because poetry is so subjective. When I review a novel, there are certain things I look for--plot holes, character development, are the characters dynamic or static, if the story is believable, the editing, the pacing, I mean, there is A LOT that I have to think about when I write a book review, not just whether or not I liked it. With contemporary poetry however, I feel like the rules are all thrown out the win Writing a review for J.R. Rogue is hard. Writing a review on any poetry is difficult because poetry is so subjective. When I review a novel, there are certain things I look for--plot holes, character development, are the characters dynamic or static, if the story is believable, the editing, the pacing, I mean, there is A LOT that I have to think about when I write a book review, not just whether or not I liked it. With contemporary poetry however, I feel like the rules are all thrown out the window. My literature and poetry professors are shaking their heads in shame right now, wondering what the hell I'm doing with my degree if I think there are no rules to reviewing poetry. I could sit and analyze each one of Jen's poems, breaking down the literal, connotative, and symbolic meanings of each poem. I could discuss with you all the different things that Jen is trying to say and how well she uses various poetic devices to convey her message to the audience. Instead of dissecting her use of stanzas and lines, tone, alliteration, metaphor, symbolism, assonance, imagery, and all those other literary terms that have deemed other great poets to be "great", I will tell you that Jen writes words that make you feel. She puts words on paper that seem ordinary, but when read together reveal things that will bring you joy, sadness, hopelessness, nostalgia, pain, resentment, longing, and passion. Her words will open up scars you didn't know you had, dredge up old memories you thought you had successfully adulted away, but her words will also make you smile, laugh, snicker, and relate. I haven't come across a single collection of poetry by J.R. Rogue that I haven't loved. All Of My Bullshit Truths couldn't be a more fitting title for this collection. I don't see how anyone could read this book and not find some of their own truths, and maybe secrets, buried in these pages. All of My Bullshit Truths is not only Jen's soul and personal journey laid out wide open like carnage on the side of the road you can't look away from, that draws you in, makes you hold your breath in anticipation of what you may see next, it's her way of connecting us all with each other. Jen's words remind us that we aren't the only ones that have felt this way, we aren't the only one going through something, struggling to breathe, barely scratching the surface of who we are trying to become. Jen's poetry shows us that life may suck, but there are many beautiful moments in the madness also.
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