In honor of National Poetry Month, I am focusing on books of poetry among my long list of review selections.
The emotions expressed are clear and undisguised; the anger, resentment, self-loathing, and regret bloom on each page as the progression of poems takes us from the beginning to the end of a relationship, and beyond into the grief and reminiscence.
Some of the poems feel shaky at the start, forcing a rhyme, but fall into a syncopated, jazzy rhythm to finish. Others tumble out in a rapid flow of words like a waterfall, which echos the urgency the lover feels in getting the words out and clearing the head. Each poem encompasses a moment in a love affair: the attraction, the enjoyment, the failure and ultimate demise, the resignation that there is no going back.
4 Stars – Follow the journey of finding and losing love.