Sam Payne’s debut poetry collection, this boy is a rainbow, tells a raw and touching story of gay love, heartbreak, healing, and empowerment. It is the story of boy who lost love and thought he would never be whole again. Divided into three chapters, it follows his journey as he endures the storm, finds the sun, and becomes the rainbow.
For fans of Rupi Kaur, Amanda Lovelace and Savannah Brown, comes an original collection about love, sexuality, grief, doubt, depression, survival, healing, self-love and empowerment.
Heart wrenching, raw and truly empowering. Trigger warning for self-harm.
If you know me, you will be aware that I’m not a huge fan of poetry. But after hearing so many amazing things about this book, I had to take Sam up on his offer and read it for myself.
I am utterly stunned by this collection. I don’t often read poetry, but this is unlike anything I’ve ever laid eyes on. The words cut so deep and were so raw, I didn’t expect to respond to it so intensely. I could feel every word and every drop of anguish and pain as I was reading. The storm was heart breaking and harrowing to read, but in all the right ways. Sam captured those moments of heartbreak perfectly. Then the light shone and he began to see the splendour of life again in all its beauty. Then through the rainbow he realised that all of his suffering hadn’t been for nought, he was a better person for it and overcame it.
This collection was incredibly empowering and if you’ve ever been through heartbreak then I highly suggest you read this! I think everyone would discover something about themselves and become better because of it.
I also want to highlight the incredible sketches included in the collection, they added so much depth to the collection.
Thank you to Sam Payne for reaching out to me. I’m so glad I read this for myself. You are so brave and I respect you enormously.
*I received a copy of the book in return for an honest review*
About The Author
Sam Payne is a poet, writer and creative based in Cambridge, UK. He started posting poetry on Instagram in October 2017 and his debut poetry collection was published in 2018. By sharing his words with the world, he offers a positive message of survival and growth for the wounded heart or bruised soul. When he is not writing, he can be found in a good coffee shop, eating a slice of red velvet cake. You can find out more about the author at bysampayne.com he is also very active on Instragram @bysampayne.
Here are some excerpts from the collection along with some of the beautiful sketches: