This book was an easier read than I thought it would be, according to the heavy topics and dark promise of the cover.
Don’t undestand this as a critic that says it’s not dark enough. Topic-wise, it is, definitely! The themes of hardship, loss, war, even their affect on children are there, they cut deep, you get a lot of thoughts from this collection. What I mean is that this little poems are written in a light, almost-childlike manner, with classic good ol’ rhyming – and somehow the whole collection sounds like it’s way less serious than it actually is.
When I started reading, when I was only by the first couple of, maybe 10 or so poems, I thought ‘wow, this IS my kind of poetry‘, and I enjoyed it thoroughly, loved how many thoughts they provoked, and I was so happy about the (in today’s poetry) so rare rhymes that make poetry sound like music in your head.
With time I felt like they were maybe a bit too alike. It’s wonderful that they sound good, but they sounded somehow similar to me, and because of that, I had to concentrate on actually catching the meaning of the words.
It doesn’t mean that at the end of the day these are not-so-good poems, or that I didn’t like them. Separately, I LOVED all of the poems in this collection. They’re superb! A whole collection at the same time was a bit too much for me, though, as it seems. This is a book of poems that – if I would buy it – I’d put on the shelf, and would every other day take it down and would read one poem.
I rated it 4 stars.
I got this book from Andrews McMeel Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
This book was independently published before, and in May, 2020 will it be newly published by Andrews McMeel Publishing.