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Book Review: Cadence

Note: This review was submitted by a guest writer who has some association to this book.

by Mark Kodama


I just finished reading Cadence, a book of poetry edited by Grant Hudson and written by members of the Inner Circle Writer’s Group.  It is a best seller in France.  The anthology includes my poem, “The Tortoise and the Thoroughfare.”  Poetry, for many people, unlike prose, is an acquired taste.  Oftentimes, you need to read the poem two, three or more times to really appreciate its power, meaning and beauty.  But the extra time it takes has it rewards.  And Cadence really has something to offer every one.
The book was published by Clarendon House Publications and is available through Lulu.com.

The subject matter of these seven-seven poems range from life, death, love and everything in between.  There were epic stories, acrostic verses and villanelles.  My very favorite poems – and there were many – were “The Dawn of Another day, Another Bed Free” by Steve Edwards, “Robbed” by A.K. Hata, “Free Falling Eagles” by Julie Eger and “The Mirror” by Anglika Delf.  The poems speak for themselves:

“The Dawn of Another day, Another Bed Free” by Steve Edwards

“I don’t have a camera but instead I use a pen.

Another pheasant squawks as the clouds become a brighter red

Red sky in the morning, farmers say.

One less today, as dad slips away.”

The end of a life, but a good dawn, it’ll be a lovely day.

Everything will be okay.


“Robbed” by A.K. Hata

On his face, such a peaceful countenance,

agleam by the dying sun’s last light,

Missing movement gives doubt sustenance,

his beloved soul has taken flight.

Deserted his body, eternal night.


“Free Falling Eagles” by Julie Eger

“Milliseconds before they plunge to their death

She lifts off to the east and he to the west

While I stand alone, in awe, impressed.”


“The Mirror” by Anglika Delf

“Look in the mirror, what do you see?

What a ‘broken heart’? A ‘worthless?’ A ‘no one to be’?

“You may not believe me, but I certainly know

Behind all this sorrows, lies a beautiful soul.” 


Note: This review was submitted by a guest writer who has some association to this book.

Book Review: Behold

Behold, Rikke Delhi

PJ Review Score: 4/5

3: 🙂
4: 😊
5: 😲 


Overview

Rikke Dehli is a Danish author of Behold, a poetry collection filled with free verse poetry published in November of 2017. Behold is Rikke Dehli’s first published poetry collection.

The cover art is unique and simplistic. It’s a good representation of the poems that can be found within the book itself.

Analysis

Before delving into this book, it’s important to be aware of several artistic elements that Rikke Dehli employed. First, the book is made up entirely of free verse poems. Each poem has it’s own personality, as far as structure goes. No poem is structured the same in this book. As far as structure goes, there is no pattern. You may be able to say that the pattern here is that there is no pattern. Picture a canvas in which the artist lets the brush lead, instead of her leading the brush. Rikke Dehli’s poems are written in this way.

Further adding to the lack of pattern and doing away with convention, Rikke Dehli boldly omitted titles. She makes a note of this, insisting that readers simply ignore the convention. The reasoning behind the decision to omit poem titles is left entirely up to the reader.

At this point, if you’re a traditionalist, then you’re probably cringing. As a traditionalist, I was not sure what to think. I read through each poem rather quickly, learning to ignore the lack of titles and structure. Once I did, I noticed that Rikke Dehli’s decision was, perhaps, full of symbolism. Instead of interpreting each poem individually, it’s important to read all the poems as a holistic piece.

It’s clear that Rikke Dehli believes in the significance of personal interpretations. She doesn’t want the reader to be bogged down by details that would imply certain meanings, such as the titles of poems. She wants the reader to dive into Behold, and resurface with their own unique thoughts about each poem.

Behold is a holistic poetry collection that delves into the human experience, from the perspective of a young adult female. Each poem tackles the complex emotions of heartache, loss, and love. The poems lack any clear resolutions, which further echoes the realities of the human emotional experience. Take, for example, this poem on the back cover:

“Your lips strike me as poisonous
So I kiss them even harder
They taste so familiar
In the worst possible way.
The taste rings up the echo of someone else
Inside me
And I try my best to pretend
I don’t hear a sound. ”

Critique

Behold is an interesting read, to say the least. If you’re an avid poetry collector who collects unique poems, then I would recommend adding Behold to your collection. However, Behold can also be enjoyed by anyone who is a lover of art, and freedom of expression. You can purchase it through Amazon.


Engaging Reads:

The Clothes We Try On

by Vivian


The men and woman try each other on
Casually, like suits, rejecting those that do not fit.
The clothes that fit the body snug
Complimenting the curves and concave stomachs

He was here to stay, but only for the season
She found one that fits, one that compliments her eyes
He was just to wear a couple times and then

Forgotten. But at the end of the day, the clothes come off –

Get switched for a new set.
When she finds another suit, better and bolder
And when he doesn’t compliment her eyes anymore,
Not as much as her, she’ll switch him in

For the one that makes her eyes twinkle.
She’ll be happy with her new clothes for a while…
Until she finds one that makes her eyes sparkle.