Poetry

Sin and I

Travis Hupp (Atmosphere Press)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

Sin and I by Travis Hupp is an evocative collection of poetry that explores the nuanced intersections of faith, rebellion, and self-acceptance within a context marked by personal and societal turmoil. Split into thematic sections—Anger, Politics, Metaphysical, Despair, Hope, and Love—Hupp’s work is a dynamic journey navigating through raw emotions and profound reflections. Hupp’s style is marked by raw, unfiltered language and vivid imagery that encapsulate the complex nature of his experiences and observations. The author’s direct and oft...

Send Down the Master in Person: Reflections on Adolf Eichmann

A. Keith Carreiro (Copper Beech Press)

| Reviewed by Daniel Rhodes

Send Down the Master in Person: Reflections on Adolf Eichmann by A. Keith Carreiro is a trailblazing tribute to the generation that fought against the atrocities of Nazi Germany. Carreiro's work is an annotated narrative that examines the depths of Adolf Eichmann's role in orchestrating the Holocaust while also paying homage to those who fought against such unspeakable evil. Written from the perspective of a fictitious Mossad agent involved in Eichmann's capture, the work paints a vivid portrait of the horrors unleashed by the Nazis and th...

short poems, long tales

Rashid Osmani (Independent Publishing, Amazon)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

Short Poems, Long Tales by Rashid Osmani is a collection that transcends the traditional boundaries of poetry, offering readers a thought-provoking journey through nuanced experiences of the personae. Through succinct verses, Osmani explores themes of love, loss, introspection, and the human condition with a reflective and evocative voice. In “Pet People,” Osmani muses on the symbiotic relationship between humans and their pets, exploring the shades of companionship and the pursuit of love. He captures the bittersweet reality of seeking solace...

The Empowerment Alphabet

J.C. Dilley (selfpublishing.com)

| Reviewed by Daniel Rhodes

In The Empowerment Alphabet by J.C. Dilley presents a unique and inspiring collection of poetry to guide readers through life's challenges with wisdom, resilience, and empowerment. Through the lens of each letter of the alphabet, Dilley delivers poignant verses that offer solace, encouragement, and a fresh perspective on personal growth. In “Dear Insecurity,” Dilley addresses the universal struggle with self-doubt and the quest for self-acceptance. Lines like “When compliments arrive, I won’t decline, I’ll welcome accolades and make t...

It's This

Laura Foley (Fernwood Press)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

Laura Foley's poetry collection It's This is a luminous exploration of the intricate tapestry of life, love, loss, and the profound transformation within relationships and ourselves. Through spare yet melodic language, Foley delves into the depths of human experience, finding solace and joy amidst the complexities of existence. At the heart of this collection is a contemplation of presence and acceptance as the speaker captures the ebb and flow of life's seasons and landscapes. Foley's keen eye examines fleeting moments with grace, whether it's...

To Water Her Garden: A journey of self-discovery

Samira Mahmoodi (Self)

| Reviewed by Cristina Prescott

To Water Her Garden: A Journey of Self-Discovery by Samira Mahmoodi is a poignant collection of poems about healing, self-love, forgiveness, and self-discovery. With each poem, Mahmoodi's words resonate with raw emotion, inviting readers to embark on a profound journey of introspection and growth. The poems in this collection are not mere words on a page; they are windows into the author's soul. Mahmoodi's ability to convey the tenderest and rawest of human emotions is remarkable. Readers get glimpses of her vulnerability, feel her pain as she...

Love is a Jigsaw Puzzle

Penelope Barber (Penelope Barber)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

Love is a Jigsaw Puzzle by Penelope Chaisson is a dazzling and deeply moving collection of poems that skillfully unravels the intricate tapestry of love. Featuring four parts, each a thematic exploration of the myriad emotions and experiences that resonate profoundly with women. Chaisson's remarkable talent for capturing the nuances of human emotion is on full display throughout this collection, making it an emotionally charged and introspective journey through the labyrinth of love. Love is a Jigsaw Puzzle is intimate yet inspir...

Sip & Savor - poems for a perfect pairing

Edmond Bruneau (Boston Books)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

Sip & Savor - Poems for a Perfect Pairing by Edmond Bruneau is a gorgeous collection of poems that read like drippings of the honeycomb. A wine-tasting metaphor aptly describes the reader’s experience through each poem. Readers are invited to navigate through the experiences of his day and life — at times intangible yet significant moments like sitting before the computer and feeling a quirky relationship with the cursor that blinks and seeks nourishment. From making petit choices to reflecting on the existential quest for meaning and truth...

The Usefulness of Hippopotamus: A Humorous Chapbook for Trying Times

Vincent J. Tomeo (Atmosphere Press)

| Reviewed by Kim Calderon

When the author was in college, he ran around Washington Square, like a cherub. When he came back, he noticed that all his clothing was stolen, so he had to take the New York City Subway home, with no clothes on, wrapped in the New York Times. ''No one said a word. At the time, it was unbearable. Decades later, I can now laugh.''This episode narrated in the introduction greets the reader and prepares them for a hilarious romp with an author who understands the place of humor in the economy of human suffering. This book is a collection of poems...

Some Good Writ: Christmas, Cancer, Dad, Wine, Sex and Jeff

Jeffrey Bailey (Jeffrey Bailey)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

Some Good Writ: Christmas, Cancer, Wine, Sex and Jeff by Jeffrey Bailey is an intimate, observant collection of poems that examine life within the poet's family, his own personal experiences, and the thoughts and emotions that propel him from one moment to the next. The sub-title offers a glimpse of what readers should expect in this superbly rendered collection of poems — sickness in the family and how it affects everyone, intimacy, passions, and observations on a variety of topics. Bailey writes about love, humanity, politics, and nature, and...

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