Soulful Of Me: A Poetry Book by Khyrin Z. Green
In the review of this poetry book, it is good to look at the future potential of the poet. Using the freeform poetry with a mix of rhyming couplets there is a simplicity to the structure of the poems. However, this would appear so to the untrained eye as there is an underlining depth to what the poet is observing.
This like so much of poetry is about what is being observed in the community and world. Despite being influenced by rap music, you do not get that hip-hop bounce. The pacing of the poems is much more considered with a sense of reflection.
The themes follow similar lines. Focusing on the community, issues facing black people and that common subject of love.
What makes this different is the ease of reading the poetry and that feeling the poetry can become more expansive with his poems. In particular, a wider vocabulary and more descriptive tone will greatly enhance his writing.
A particular interesting technique used is highlighting keywords in a poem in bold or underline to ensure the theme is kept in mind whilst reading. Thankfully, it does not feel like he is intentional holding the reader’s hand through the poems. It is more sense of directing your eye to the importance of what he is writing about.
Again I have to highlight how he handles some difficult subjects affecting the black community with a simple ease. Not to diminish the topic but in a strange way, the ease of writing it speaks volumes.
Such a subtle collection that shows much promise and development for a young poet. Certainly worth a read and a hope for future work.
The Sandpiper’s Spell by Tom Pearson
This poetry collection is very much a journey interweaving different backdrops with themes close to the poet’s heart.
There is a mixture of poetic styles that help to maintain the steady flow of the collection. The narrative style is the strongest feel with poems often describing a scene. The poet’s theatrical background plays into this style and he refers to productions in his work.
The free-form poetry works well with other elements of vignettes and haiku type poems.
There is an overall theme of coming back to an ancient city that is the focus and mystery in the collection. This continuation provides intrigue and it naturally reaches a closure.
Like most poets, observation is key for source material. The collection often has the poet seeing a scene and translating it into poetic verse. This makes you follow the words and images closely to see where you will be taken.
This makes this a good poetry collection that should satisfy the vision it is making you see.
Tiny Footcrunch by David Wasserman
This debut short poetry collection feeds on human emotions/feelings to create minute scenes and mantras. With themes ranging from love to confusion. In each section is a mixture of different short poetry styles and often the poems lead on to each other like a narrative.
Being a difficult format to create and form a collection. The poet does well in using the limitations of the style to give pause for thought. This is done using clever wordplay that does not reach the borderline of being too clever for its own good.
Moments of scenes and metaphors are used to give a subtle hint for the reader to reflect. With the ease to remember each poem, it takes on that mantra format that continues the thinking process.
There are a gentleness and simple pacing to the collection that makes it an enjoyable. When the poet captures a scene with good imagery the poems shine and continuing to focus on this will make future work even better.
The beauty of short poetry styles is in how it opens the imagination and this collection goes some way to show it.
Renaissance of the Psyche by Melica Niccole
The poet’s attempts to look back and pay homage is admirable in this collection. However, the change in pacing to her previous work dilutes the impact of her poetry. Her autobiographical emotional content drives a passion that is a loss in this collection.
There is a mixture of content. Ranging from poems of love, odes to famous poets/stars, abstract muses and reworking of songs. The beginning is a little disjointed that upsets the important early flow of a poetry collection.
However, this improves as the poet’s natural talent shines through. ‘Omen’ is a particularly powerful emotionally intense poem that leaves you stunned in its excellence.
Another great poem is Mind that plays with scientific and cultural idioms with an intriguing effect. In reflection, this is similar to the experimental collection poet’s attempt to see what material sticks well to evolve further.
With this potentially being the case, it emphasizes the strengths of the poet well and something I hope she continues to explore in future collections. Overall for fans of the poet’s work, it is interesting to see the diversity of topics. For new readers, there is enough here to want to review her previous work. Though there is that feeling this could have been much more with a tighter theme to connect the poems.
The Journey to the Truth by Melica Niccole
The title in its simplicity portrays the angst and drive that author is drawing to enlighten the reader. There is a large melancholy beneath the writing about some of the tragedies of life and largely at what some men do to women.
Without a sense of being graphic, this is a case of standing up to domestic abuse and cheating lovers by using verse. The beginning of the poetry collection starts with what she is seeking and warranted attitudes. It is a good set-up to then highlight unwarranted characteristics and the impact abuse does to the soul.
The final poem is fittingly called ‘The choices we make’ and that is subject that flows throughout the book. Showing the universal feature of cause and impact. With the lasting impact being harrowing in most cases, the author brings you into that scene.
The poetry is free verse with a narrator tone to highlight these struggles. In particular focusing on the power of words in abuse. A powerful piece of work that is recommended to ensure abuse does not stay silent.
Celebrity by Melinda De Ross
There is a lot going on in this book, which mimics what must be the hectic life of being a celebrity. There are many mini-plots and concepts thrown into the story that you can sometimes feel lost. Hoping for an added plot to be more developed. However, this is an interesting romantic story that also explores celebrity life.
In a funny way, it goes into the logistics of being granted instant fame. With a detailed analysis of the tedium of buying a home, shopping and having to keep engagements.
The two main characters are Kendra and Blake. Kendra is thrust into fame and has that atypical naivety. Blake is your all American movie actor with charm and sex appeal. This alone should draw out the story for you, for those avid romance readers.
As always, such books rely on the writing and allowing you to imagine yourself in the story. More so than her other books, this story has less of the sentimentality and laughs. Being more intrigued by the hustle and bustle of celebrity laugh. Making it more like a drama at times.
The author maintains her talent for writing in a real conversational manner that places you in the scene. The story links to her other book ‘The Diary’ though this gets touched upon and sent to the background quite quickly. Whether it was needed is hard to say.
The story does lend itself to drawing you into creating your own narrative. With many mini-plots and observations, you can dream up new stories different from what the author intended. It is quite an interesting feeling while reading and not something I have felt in regular books.
Whether this is down to the author knowing her craft too well and leaving narrative clues for you to explore or it simply being areas of weakness is hard to fathom.
Overall you will be taken on a ride into the most marveled area of today’s culture. Like so many people you can also dream and make up your own story of living in this life.
Masterpiece in Your Heart by S Sulianah
This poetry collection follows that popular theme amongst poets that is love. This handled with a sense of refinement and polish by the author. With a well-designed book format that is vibrant and appealing.
The length and pacing of the collection are perfect for what the poet wishes to share. Interestingly there are poems tailored onto popular songs by a well-known artist. The poems use a free verse and non-rhyming style.
Moving onto the real beauty of the collection, which is in the writing. The poet captures scenes and moments then explores them in poetry. It has a magical feel of transporting you into that moment, which for the theme of love is essential.
There is a slow build-up to the key sentiment of the poem and then you basked in it before it gently ends. The poet is clearly at home with this style and uses it continuously throughout the collection.
The poet is clearly the narrator giving you a touch of sentimental scenes. There are slight deviations from the theme of love with a look at friendship towards the end of the collection. However, it can be argued friendship is a form of love as well.
Overall a delightful collection that is well put together and transports you to those most moving moments in life.
Depth of the River by Vatsala Radhakeesoon
This is a poetry collection that takes on the premise of reading like a diary of the poet. This a common theme for poets to chart their observations and feelings to share with the world.
The use of free verse and non-rhyming poems further enhance the diary feel to the collection.
There are some stellar one-off poems that show good talent and use of metaphors. Through the collection, you sense the poet’s feelings on life, love and her spiritual background.
With such a personal approach to a collection, it can be difficult to separate the emotions with ensuring the full poetic structure. Poem selection and use of imagery are inconsistent at times. The beginning, in particular, contains fairly simple poems that disappear from the mind.
This is rectified when the poet uses more imagery and metaphors in her poems. Due to the poetry selection, the collection feels a little longer than it should be for the themes used.
However, there is enough variety and interesting concepts used for the reader to find enjoyable. It is very much an invitation to her world and life experiences. In this voyeuristic world, it certainly fulfils that intrigue.
Overall a good collection, showing the strengths and weakness of the poet. With the potential for stronger future work with a little refinement. Worth a read.
Butterflies Lost Within The Crooked Moonlight by Matt Nagin
There is a confidence that shines from the poet that is evident from the beginning of this collection.
Such bravado needs to be judged on the poems on display and thankfully, for the most part, it works well. There is a strong focus on America and some of the issues that worry at this present time. There are poems that take on the aspect of being a social commentary.
The poet uses a non-rhyming free verse style and rarely differs from that format to maintain
consistency. There is a conversational feel to the poems. This has the effect of the poet speaking
directly to the reader. Whether you agree or not his opinion or reflections will be on display in the
The pacing of the collection is well thought out with a mixture of angrier social commentary mixed
with abstract subjects. The poet changes styles and pacing. There is a particular pattern to poetry
about women and sex/love that tend to have a tighter rhyme style and move at a quicker pace.
A lot of poetry collections discuss the hardship of being a poet and the different structures it can be
tide with, which is ironic in this case due to the free verse format.
The confident style is welcome and though some poems can seem preachy at times the beauty of
poetry is in allowing that expression. So if the above is appealing to what you look for in a poetry
collection you will not be disappointed.
An overall good collection that achieves what the poet is looking to do, which hopefully matches the reader’s expectations.
Dark Breath by Keishi Ando
This is a really interesting collection of poetry as it has a strong narrative structure and has the essence of being the author’s muses. With a very similar theme touching on love and some of the more extreme emotions that can surround it. Your initial impression will certainly be turned as you read through the collection.
It has the feel of the journey from a warm relationship to one broken down with the heartache that brings. All of this is entwined with dark imagery and a bleak melancholy at times. However, though stating love is the theme, you may not necessarily feel that if you read the entire collection. Though it is subtly there creeping through the verses.
There are mixtures of fantasy and paranormal mixed into the collection that can throw the reader and sometimes it can feel out of place even when it flows naturally.
In terms of the poetry, it has that muse type flow with poetic structure and imagery. There is a sense of philosophy and a sharing of life experiences, which leaves an air of mystery about knowing about the poet.
This a unique collection as it has the feeling of identifying with readers that can appreciate the content and style. However, if the above gives the sense to read this collection, you should not be disappointed.