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Poetry Books Written By Celebrities That You’ll Either Love Or Throw In The Trash

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These poets put their heart and soul into their work and the result is a mixture of love and hate.

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There’s nothing quite like the wild and wacky world of celebrity poetry. These books may be written by famous faces, but they’re not your typical Hollywood fluff. These poets put their heart and soul into their work and the result is a mixture of love and hate.

Also see: 10 celebrities who have dabbled in poetry

From the romantic musings of a pop star to the dark and brooding verses of a movie icon, these books will take you on a journey through the minds of the rich and famous. So grab a cup of tea, settle into your favorite armchair and get ready for some serious poetry with a celebrity twist! You’ll either love it or hate it, but one thing is for sure – you won’t be able to put these books down.


8th Straight James/Gay James by James Franco

If you’re looking for real, authentic and touching poetry, stay far, far away from Straight James/Gay James by James Franco. However, if you’re looking for some comedy, this is it! The poetry world took this piece a little too seriously. While the poetry itself is pretty awful, it’s most likely meant that way.

But let’s not forget that James Franco is definitely capable of writing successful plays. The actor has a Ph.D. in English from Yale. There is no doubt that he could write a good book of poetry if he wanted to. But that wasn’t his goal with Straight James/Gay James. Even the cover is comedic, as it’s a photo of the actor with tattoos on his face and neck.

7 The Life of a Mogul Wannabe: Mental Confusion by Bella Thorne

You’re going to want to throw this one in the trash. Life of a Mogul Wannabe: Mental Disarray by Bella Thorne is riddled with spelling and grammatical errors. The title itself is a bit much. All of Bella Thorne’s past controversies won’t stop readers from picking the book off a bookstore shelf and putting it down again after skimming a few lines.

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6 Blinking Your Fists by Billy Corgan

Billy Corgan’s Blinking With Fists delves into love and loss with a melancholy tone, something he excels at. The Smashing Pumpkins singer proved his poetry is as effective as his lyrics. Blinking With Fists received mixed reviews from the poetry community, but of all celebrity-penned works, we’d say this is one of the best.

5 Swimming lessons from Lili Reinhart

Sometimes it’s obvious when publishers are out to throw something out into the world to make a profit from the person writing it. Swimming lessons are a perfect example of this. Lili Reinhart’s poetry lacks structure and originality. But if you’re trying to find something positive about swimming lessons, there’s likely a number of teenage girls who really resonated with the Riverdale actress. Depending on what stage of your life you are in, this book could be the best thing ever, or it could be just another book you should wait to buy.

See also: A look inside Lili Reinhart’s life and career outside of Riverdale

4 I would leave myself if I could, by Halsey

It’s no secret that Halsey writes great lyrics, but when it comes to poetry, the singer needs practice or a better editor. Halsey keeps repeating the same imagery throughout the book, and at times the singer comes across as a bit simplistic. Although I would leave me if I could have been better, it is by far one of the better volumes of poetry compared to other works by well-known stars. That being said, if you love Halsey, you’ll probably really appreciate this book.

3 The Rose That Grew Out of Concrete by Tupac

It’s not for nothing that Tupac is considered one of the best rappers of all time. The man could write. His book of poetry, The Rose That Grew From Concrete, blows all other books of poetry written by celebrities out of the park. It is said that Tupac loved reading Shakespeare, Charles Lewis and other great writers and it shows in his personal work. His book of poetry isn’t one you’ll throw in the trash or just love. It is a book that you will keep in your collection forever. The Rose That Grew from Concrete is filled with raw emotion that readers can’t get enough of.

2 Useless Magic by Florence Welch

Florence Welch’s lyrics for her band Florence and the Machine are insanely poetic, so it’s no surprise she would be a great poet. Useless Magic proves the singer can write. There has never been a negative review of Florence Welch’s book of poetry and second readers open the book, it’s obvious why. This book is definitely worth reading.

1 Tears for Water by Alicia Keys

Sometimes it’s obvious when the writer of a poem doesn’t read poetry himself. And that’s the case with Tears For Water.

Part of what makes poetry so beautiful is that each piece can mean something different to each individual person. It is meant to be analytical and thought-provoking. However, Alicia Keys doesn’t leave much room for interpretation in Tears For Water. If you want poetry that’s super straight forward, then Tears For Water is perfect for you. However, if you’re a poetry nerd, don’t bother picking up this book. What makes Tears For Water more annoying than being way too easy to understand? Alicia Keys explains herself after each poem. A general rule of thumb in the world of poetry: there is no point in explaining yourself. Do not do it.

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