Finding Poetry Within Fiction

Who’s to say that poetry can’t be found in fiction? Not me. So I’ve been scanning the books that have recently been tearing at my chest and searching for the perfect extracts that reflect the heart and soul that an author carries with them into writing.

LandLine by Rainbow Rowell

“Wasn’t that the point of life? To find someone to share it with? 
And if you got that part right, how far wrong could you go? If you were standing next to the person you loved more than everything wasn’t everything else just scenery?”

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

“Meeting your soul mate is like walking into a house you’ve been in before – you will recognise the furniture, the pictures on the wall, the books on the shelves, the contents of the drawers. You could find your way around in the dark if you had to.”

Aristotle & Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

“Why do we smile? Why do we laugh? Why do we feel alone? Why are we sad and confused? Why do we read poetry? Why do we cry when we see a painting? Why is there a riot in the heart when we love? Why do we feel shame? What is that thing in the pit of your stomach called desire?”

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

“I was always hungry for love. Just once, I wanted to know what it was like to get my fill of it — to be fed so much love I couldn’t take any more. Just once.”

Contributing Editor

Jade Mitchell is an 18 year old poet / writer who resides near Glasgow, Scotland. Her work has been featured in The Grind Journal, Inky Paper and Ink Scotland. Aside from working on her writing and poetry, you can find her listening to Lorde and reading every poem she can find in sight.