Good collection of poetry

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Spectrums & Apertures: Poems – by Andrea McKenzie Raine – Review

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Poetry is not my forte but there was something in Andrea's poetry anthology that kept me going. The first poem is a mixture of hope and despair, and the last stanza is worth mentioning for its sheer beauty

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Poetry is not my forte but there was something in Andrea’s poetry anthology that kept me going. The first poem is a mixture of hope and despair, and the last stanza is worth mentioning for its sheer beauty:

“You, a soft, dark question –

something unfinished, still strangely whole

as a moth’s severed wing, caught in glass

or a child’s bone unearthed from a long sleep.

Did you ever hear my sing-song voice?

While your brother sounded the small, hopeful word

in his shy mouth.”

The poem “Postpartum” describes a woman’s last hours in great detail as she prepares herself for childbirth; it also details how a mother and her baby’s relationship is already established even when the baby is still ‘latched on’ to her umbilical cord and how they become ‘inmates’ from that moment on.

On the other hand, the poem “Ferry”, while on the surface is just about a typical ferry ride, actually conveys the emotions of longing and nostalgia that one feels upon leaving one’s homeland and treading into a foreign land. The following lines contain deeper meanings which won’t be revealed to someone who is not prepared to read them aloud more than once:

“I navigate through these cross-currents and submerged rocks;

a destination in sight. Still, I watch the mid-points go by”

Suffice it to say, if you are expecting Wordsworth quality poetry you won’t find it here, but then I would any day trade Wordsworth’s long, vague and ornate passages over Andrea’s simple, beautiful and eloquent poetry that conveys everything to the reader minus the usage of unnecessary ornamentation or vague imagery. No matter what kind of poetry you like or what subject you prefer to read on, I believe you would like this comprehensive collection which seems to contain a poem on just about every conceivable topic under the sun!

Conclusion Rating
5 stars

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