Empty Bottles Full of Stories

Empty Bottles Full of Stories

by Robert M. Drake, r.h. Sin


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A joint poetry collection from the virally popular and bestselling poets r.h. Sin and Robert M. Drake.

What are you hiding behind your smile? If those empty bottles that line the walls of your room could speak, what tales would they spill? So much of your truth is buried beneath the lies you tell yourself. There’s a need to scream to the moon; there’s this urge to go out into the darkness of the night to purge. There are so many stories living inside your soul, you just want the opportunity to tell them. And when you can’t find the will to express what lives within your heart, these words will give you peace. These words will set you free.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781449496470
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 8,906
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Born in New Brunswick, N.J., and later moving to Florida, r.h. Sin comes from a place where a life of pain is the norm and destruction is a constant. Through an early love for reading and writing, r.h. Sin was able to pull away from some of the social distractions that plagued so many of his peers. After returning to the Northeast and moving to New York in pursuit of love, the young modern poet found that and much more.

Robert M. Drake is an American author known for his bestselling books BEAUTIFUL CHAOS and BLACK BUTTERFLY, among others. He is also a social media phenomenon and a self-acclaimed street artist; you can see his work in all major cities across the United States.

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Empty Bottles Full of Stories 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
abigail_higgins More than 1 year ago
Since poetry is so dependent on the author’s voice, a collaboration in a poetry collection is an unusual idea. But, in Empty Bottles Full of Stories, Robert M. Drake and r.h Sin, both poets with huge social media followings, manage to work their distinctive styles into one volume. By dividing the book into two discrete parts, each with its own font, rhythm, and message, the poets work around shared themes but still deliver on their own trademark mannerisms. The first part of the volume, titled “The Curse,” is by Drake. This initial section is set in the typewriter-style font familiar to readers of Drake’s poems. I have read one of his more popular collections, Beautiful Chaos, and the themes and style seem fairly similar to those present in Empty Bottles Full of Stories. The arrangement of Drake’s poems is at times a little erratic in this volume: most center on topics of love, loss, the difficulty of connection, and the effervescent passions that define humanity, with two or three political poems tossed in. I would not have minded these latter poems so much, if they did not appear random in placement and interrupt the flow a bit. Overall, I do not know that this is Drake’s best work, based on my limited experience. Sometimes Drake hit upon deep, meaningful notes, and at other times the affirmation came off as a bit forced and cheap. Still, there were likable portions within his section. The volume’s second portion, written by Sin, is called “The Gift.” With this second section, the type changes back to a more standard font, like readers would be familiar with in Sin’s other works. I found this second half of the volume to be much more powerful in style and tone than the first half. This was my first experience with Sin’s poetry, and overall, it was a positive one. Focusing on inner strength, failed relationships, and the need to love people who love you back, Sin’s themes seem to revolve around many of the same concepts that Drake’s did in the first half, but Sin feels a bit more grounded, more focused on the visceral emotions and poignant feelings that real relationships involve, and less concerned with the transience of the spirit. I liked that his poems were written to both men and women, with compassion and empowerment for both. Particularly in the ones to women, there is a lot of exhortation toward strength and self-sufficiency. One point that does concern me, not just about this volume but rather about a lot of modern poetry in general, is the emphasis on leaving people who are undeserving of your love. I appreciate the desire for self-sufficiency, and I do not think that people should have to accept abuse, infidelity, or neglect. But, at some point, I also firmly believe that the opportunity for forgiveness should be weighed seriously. Or, if reconciliation with the partner of a failed relationship is not possible, at the very least, remaining in touch with others should be prioritized, over the need to love oneself first and to be enough, alone. My apologies for the long digression, but weighty themes call for serious responses. And, without a consideration of gravitational topics, poetry is just fluff. That is a categorization that Empty Bottles Full of Stories avoids. Although I see a part of its message as problematic if taken too far, at least the book does not shy away from important matters.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing! My two favorite writers in one book!