3 Minutes Reading Time
I’ve received this book as an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Publication Date: 6 December 2020
Categories: Poetry in English | Poetry of Authors | Literature in Foreign Languages
This is the first time I have ever reviewed a poetry collection, and I did find it to be quite a challenge! 😊
Book 1 Frozen Marshmallows kicks of the Before You Go series of Poetry Collections.
The author explains that these poems are meant to be read as small bites, like cookies with coffee. Marshmallows as metaphor refer to indulgence, tastes of sweet and bitter. Representing the different contrasts in life.
This anthology consists of thirty-seven poems. It gives you a feeling of being on a journey, changing from who and where you are, to what you can become. But much more than an earthly journey, the author focusses on our eternal destination. This is illustrated in My Last Will with phrases like
Also, the journey inside yourself is expressed in Where are you going? Journey deep inside yourself, explore, taste, contemplate, rest. Be!
In You are Two we discover that we are two sides of the same coin. For example: Right and left, rain that feed the garden or drown your dreams, the sun growing your food or drying your soul. Working towards your goal or running away from it…
It appears as if the author is struggling to make sense of what is going on in the world, to find faith and God. Especially the virus that caused so much death and havoc. As seen in The Virus and Your Dying Gift. Although this is also hinted at in Know Thy God with phrases like take away the freedom of our homes, potentially referring to the enforced quarantine in many countries.
What did I like?
I really like this anthology of poems. They are best appreciated by reading it aloud, to enjoy the rhythm and their almost sing-song quality. This is accomplished by the specific structure used.
The author does not make use of many of the typical tools like rhyme, alliteration, etc.
The rhythmic quality is achieved through the different lengths of the sentences and verses.
I was impressed with the depth of these poems. Thoughts and feelings expressed in these poems, let you think and re-think the subject or theme of the theme.
And not so much?
I must not be a critical reader, so I always struggle with this part. Since this is my first review of an anthology of poems, I am taking a rain check on this one! 🙄
I would recommend this anthology to anyone who loves to read poetry for pure enjoyment, but also being challenged by the content.
You also receive a bonus book TiME as a thank you gift from the author.
Ideal to read one a day, while quietly relaxing with a cup of tea (or coffee if you wish!)
Or you can also have a look at my Quote Essays for a short read!
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Susan van der Walt is an avid reader of genres like crime, thrillers, adventure, and true stories. On Read or Rot she shares her favourite books and quotes with you. She also writes articles, book reviews and book recommendations. She lives in Alberton (South Africa) with her husband, Warrick, and fur baby, Pixie.