Letters to Jupiter | Poetry Collection Review

“..each minute
a new bird breathes
the fresh air
of change.”

Birth, Letters to Jupiter

Title: Letters to Jupiter
Author: Lotté Jean
Page Length: 80 (e-book)
Publication date: February 16, 2021
Publisher: Magnolia Press

Sypnopsis: Letters to Jupiter is a poetry collection that explores a tale of the fragility of the mind. With each poetic letter, written by an unknown narrator seeking to let go of the past, we see life at its darkest time, brightest, and examine how much a person can grow after a life-changing event. {Goodreads}

but a world without
differences
is one that isn’t human.
One Million, Letters to Jupiter

Letters to Jupiter by Lotté Jean was a short read but a profound collection of poems revolving around the themes of past struggles, dark times and letting go. It had an underlying tone of growth that was evident throughout the book, with the beginning portraying the dark times and, the idea of letting go prominent towards the end.

i’ve bleached the sky of beauty a thousand times.
Fire Dreams, Letters to Jupiter

I loved how the title is also suggestive of the collection’s content. According to Wikipedia, “Jupiter is associated with the principles of growth, expansion, healing, prosperity, good fortune, and miracles.” As stated earlier, many of the poems toward the end of the book, and the concluding lines of most poems portray a change and indicate growth and healing, in the form of letting go of the past. This attention to detail was amazing and the book’s minimalistic cover appears to be in accordance with the general theme as well.

…let us begin
this self-destruction
and later
witness
an almighty blooming.
Late Teachings, Letters to Jupiter

I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s use of symbolism throughout the book, which was carried out well, in parallelism with nature in a few cases. She talks about relevant topics and I felt much of her poems were open to interpretation, such that the reader could make out the poem to relate to one of their own experiences.

….a growth of light is formed, and a
future
can become clear at the sight of letting go.
Seven Breaths, Letters to Jupiter

I also loved the the author’s persistent use of nature analogies and as a Classics’ lover, appreciated the poetic nod to the classic novel, Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde. The most distinct beauty of this collection lay in the almost flawless incorporation of life’s events especially changes, to those seen in nature. A few of the poems in this collection that showcase this are, Transformation, Create and Sunrise.

Being rather keen on punctuation and grammar, I was surprised to find that I liked the poems’ lack of punctuation and felt it didn’t reduce the poems’ beauty or cohesiveness in any way. The general air around suggests a contemplative and, dark but soon to be light, atmosphere strengthened by her use of good imagery. Each poem was short and most of them ended on beautiful and poignant lines, adding a different perspective from the poem’s start.

autumn danced
above the white curtain lines
an evening moon peaks light
under the soft cotton…
Once Here, Letters to Jupiter

The only downsides I noticed, were the reading age this collection would be appropriate for. While, there is absolutely nothing that is explicit, suggestive of violence, or bad language, the themes are likely to be read with an open mind by those above the age of 14 or so. I would have also preferred a more varied use of words, as the repetition of a certain few words were quite evident as I read the collection in one sitting. And finally, while the prominent poetry style is free verse, a good number are, what is today, termed as Instapoetry. While I’m not particularly keen on this short form of writing, it seems to be very popular among young readers and is therefore, a downside that depends on the reader.

Overall, I think it’s a beautiful book, especially considering this is the author’s debut poetry collection. It made for a short, thoughtful read with lovely use of language and a well crafted incorporation of symbolism and imagery, with relatable themes.

…let my heart
shine anew
and bright
like your stars do.
Wonders, Letters to Jupiter

Thoughtfully yours,
Introverted Thoughts aka D

I would like to thank the author, Lotté Jean for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
You can find her over at her blog, Lotte Lauv or her author website where she writes with her sister, Francesca – The Elliots or Goodreads to learn more about her works.

On a sidenote, I would also like to thank the editor at Spillwords, Dagmara for accepting my poem, A Novel Dream. It was published a few days ago and you can read it here!

35 thoughts on “Letters to Jupiter | Poetry Collection Review”

  1. Another to the list! i ll check it out soon hopefully. Awesome post and congratulation on getting that poem published, I read that and it was absolutely fantastic. You never fail to amaze me ❤

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  2. Good day

    Thank you for your poetry by Mrs. Lotté Jean: written by a stranger.

    A million letters to Jupiter

    my answer:

    the used air
    around mother earth
    by the greed of power

    the life
    through business
    and profit
    to subjugate

    the spirit blows where it wants
    fragile
    man is vulnerable
    the past is stuck
    the books of life
    in the soul as a library

    nobody is capable
    to find out
    what and how
    the human being

    and by what
    another
    to change

    the other
    will us
    Remain a secret

    the world
    is the universe
    in which we as
    creature
    as a human
    nobody is capable
    to find out
    what and how
    the human being

    and by what
    another
    to change

    the other
    will us
    remain a secret

    the world
    is the universe
    in which we as
    creature
    as a human
    to go our own way

    our soul
    she forgets nothing
    no one can
    with your own hand
    on the hair
    oneself
    pull out of its swamp

    we are growing
    without our will
    to claim
    from birth
    until our end
    that lets us go
    although how then
    us to our lives
    hold tight
    and want to clip

    Fire dreams
    of the human
    can heaven
    the beauty
    not bleach the earth

    Basic idea
    of growth
    expansion
    cure
    prosperity
    Happiness and miracles

    the unconscious
    the soul
    will be both
    the evil one
    the man in between

    the good
    every day
    to new insight
    in a dream
    their teaching
    give us

    the human being
    must abide by the law
    inside and outside
    the nature
    we are nature
    assume

    the witnesses
    a deity
    think themselves
    the other
    in their prime
    omnipotent

    the light
    currently
    in U.S
    in the world
    it opens
    it goes down
    in us
    on the last breath

    the full moon
    in the light of the sun
    pulls its path
    by night
    and day
    around the earth

    my heart
    grasps the darkness
    my ways
    my doing
    the shame
    on my shoulders

    the sun
    the stars
    shine bright

    i wear mine
    worry my fault
    with me alone

    I wish you every success with your poem, as a poet and a mediator of what is dear to your heart.

    Best regards
    Hans Gamma

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    1. “Die Vergangenheit steckt fest
      die Bücher des Lebens
      in der Seele als Bibliothek ”
      Das sind so tiefe Linien. Dies war eine wunderbare Interpretation des Gedichtbandes. Sie haben die Kernideen dieses Buches in einem schönen Gedicht zusammengefasst.
      Vielen Dank für das Lesen und Teilen Ihrer Erkenntnisse!

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  3. Secondly, written like a truly candidly benevolent but impartial critic. (I am crazy envious of well you wrote this)

    The way you analysed each and every aspect and embedded it into this (super) well-crafted review was not only commendable, rather a blissful work of art. I especially fancy how you did not let the many intricacies elude you.
    One seriously cannot put into words, how great a job you’ve done.

    P.S. Where can I find “Letters to Jupiter”?

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    1. Gosh, you’re being too kind! Thank you so much for your humbling remark, Ana! It’s a pleasure to hear your thoughts on how this review turned out since this was my first ARC review too!
      It’s available for pre-order on Amazon and you can read excerpts on the author’s blog.

      Thank you for reading!

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    1. I’m glad to hear that, Cindy! I did, actually, I’m still on break😂 my blog’s running on scheduled posts and I pop back in to read posts, not as frequently as before, though.
      Thank you so much for your concern 🤗❤️

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  4. I enjoyed your detailed review. Letters to Jupiter sounds like a worthwhile and interesting read. I am intrigued by the references to Oscar Wilde’s novel, The Picture of Dorian Grey, as I am a fan of his writing.

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  5. Excellent book review, honest, detailed, informative, and sympathetic. Well-chosen quotes. Impeccable.

    Congratulation on your first triumph! Poem interesting. I have to read it tomorrow properly. I am falling asleep.

    Joanna

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  6. Lovely review D! I’m all for the thought provoking poetry these days ☺️ and do I see ‘parallelism with nature’? 👀 😅 And a hearty congratulations on your poem’s publication, I checked it out, and it looks so beautiful on the Spillwords website!! 🎉

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    1. Thank you so much, Eleanor! Ahh, me too!
      Aw..haha! Reading this book sure brought back memories and it was incredible to see the same in the form of poems.
      I’m so happy to hear that! Yeah, they have a very well-designed site!
      Thank you, again!

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