The Dark Between Stars is Atticus’s second published book. It’s quite like the first book in terms of format. Beautiful photography pages to compliment individual poems, usually not more than a few lines long. Also much like the first book, the poems in this one are just as touching and heartfelt, filled with magic, and dreams that never died.
I love the poetry Atticus writes; I feel like it really reaches out to readers and encourages them to feel anything and everything. Nowadays, people try to tell you how to feel and what to think and who to be. To me, these poems are like an escape, a place where those rules and expectations don’t apply. It’s like a breath of fresh air after being underwater for too long: incredibly refreshing and reassuring.
This might be an unpopular opinion, but I’m quite a fan of the whole black & white theme Atticus has in his books. Truth is—like I said in the review of his first book—the words contain all the colours you might need. To the naked eye, it might come off as blank, but truth is, the colours black & white are so neutral and unassuming. It adds to the whole ‘feel what you want’ idea. There are no restrictions. Perhaps the colours you see when reading the poems are bright and happy, perhaps they’re darker and gloomier. Who knows? No one but you. And I think that’s kind of beautiful. It’s a type of freedom in it’s own.
Speaking of freedom, that’s probably one of the first things that would come to mind if someone were to mention Atticus to me. Because Atticus represents the word itself. The freedom to think, the freedom to speak, the freedom to feel. And most importantly, the freedom to be wholly you without fear of consequence. All feelings that can be felt when lost in his words.
On a side note, for those who don’t know, Atticus wears a mask. No one knows who he truly is and what he looks like. No one needs to know. If I recall correctly, he wrote a poem to explain this:
I find his explanation in the form of poetry very effective in gaining understanding from readers. Not only does it make sense, but it makes it relatable. I know there are people that wouldn’t understand that. But I know that I can relate to that. As an aspiring writer myself, I often feel like who I am limits me of what I’m aloud to feel and write. This poem really helps to remind me that I need to remember to always write for myself. That makes me really grateful that Atticus put this poem out there.
But, going back on track, I would definitely recommend people to read The Dark Between Stars. It is a really easy read; few words & many emotions. Not to mention, I assure you the words are just as beautiful as the cover. As I’ve always said, there is something for everyone when it comes to Atticus’s poetry. The topics are all diverse and popularly relatable, which is key when it comes to poetry. People want to read of experiences they feel they’ve been through and Atticus certainly delivers just that. If you like poetry, you’ll be glad you picked up this book, I guarantee it.
In his second collection of poems, Atticus turns his attention to the dualities of our lived experiences—the inescapable connections between our highest highs and lowest lows. He captures the infectious energy of starting a relationship, the tumultuous realities of commitment, and the agonizing nostalgia of being alone again. While grappling with the question of how to live with purpose and find meaning in the journey, these poems offer both honest explorations of loneliness and our search for connection, as well as lighthearted, humorous observations. As Atticus writes poignantly about dancing, Paris, jazz clubs, sunsets, sharing a bottle of wine on the river, rainy days, creating, and destroying, he illustrates that we need moments of both beauty and pain—the darkness and the stars—to fully appreciate all that life and love have to offer.