Book Review: “I May Be A Romantic, But I’m Not Hopeless”

Author: Alycia Hodge

Genre: Dark Romantic Poetry


In her poignant collection of poetry, Alycia Hodge invites readers into the intimate corners of her heart. “I May Be A Romantic, But I’m Not Hopeless” is a candid exploration of love, vulnerability, and self-discovery. Through her evocative verses, Hodge weaves a tapestry of emotions that resonates with anyone who has ever dared to love deeply.




Writing Style:

Hodge’s writing is a blend of lyrical beauty and unfiltered honesty. Her metaphors dance across the pages, painting vivid images. She doesn’t shy away from the messiness of love; instead, she embraces it. Each poem feels like a whispered confession shared over candlelight.

Notable Poems Nominated for the Pushcart Prize:

1. “Dr. Jeckyll Meets Vamprilla”
2. “Little Red”
3. “Heart Breaker...”
4. "Desperation..."


A Bit About the Author:


Alycia Hodge is a neurodivergent author, artist and editor living in the state of Oregon, U.S.A with her husband, daughter and 3 cats. She is also a minister with the Universal Life Church and an apprentice Shaman. She believes that art of all forms helps us to heal and connect with others.


Final Thoughts:

“I May Be A Romantic, But I’m Not Hopeless” is a treasure trove of emotions. Alycia Hodge’s debut collection invites readers to dive headfirst into the ocean of love, where waves of passion and vulnerability collide. Whether you’re a seasoned poetry enthusiast or a newcomer, this book will leave an indelible mark on your soul.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Here’s what some readers have said about the book:

“I May Be A Romantic, But I’m Not Hopeless” is a fairytale-esque read that is no fairytale at all. Alycia Hodge shares her very real journey to self-love with the reader and spares no truths of her humbling experiences. Her art provides a dark yet whimsical visual to the emotions one feels as they follow along with each story. It serves as a great reminder to hold love within yourself as it truly exists rather than the watered-down version we have been sold.  -  Joe Mykut, Author of Beautiful Boy and There’s A Me Under My Bed.


If you appreciate heartfelt poetry that speaks to the human experience, consider adding “I May Be A Romantic, But I’m Not Hopeless” to your reading list. Alycia Hodge’s words linger, like the echo of a forgotten love song.


A copy of Alycia's Poetry Collection can be purchased on  Amazon


Marie Moldovan 

CEO of I Ain't Your Marionette Press