Rating of three out of five ponderous stars. Feign Collection Book 2. Poetry book by T.L. Curtis.
With a tagline like “The Downfall” it's hardly a wonder this book is filled with poems that are frankly, downers. They convey sorrow and hopelessness. No two ways about it. That said. Don't be fooled about my opinion. This book really pleasantly surprised me. I'm generally NOT a fan of poetry or sad stories, in fact I've only ever bought one poetry book in my entire life, and not by choice, it was for a school assignment. But since I liked another book by this author (Show Her) so I wanted to give it a chance. This author seems to have a knack for ponderous content so I sought out her other published work. I wasn't disappointed. As I've said, most of the poems in this book are far from happy, but they are also in my mind overall COMPLETELY personable, relatable and most importantly quite ponderous. I actually walked away with many favorites. This book even managed to give me a few laugh out loud moments, like in 'Fuck The Spectators' which incidentally also was a breath of fresh air, in a book that was overall, like I said, a downer. I'll point out though, that there are a few poems that to me weren't relatable, like 'The ATL Waltz' or 'Piso Mojado', but I'm inclined to think that it's simply because they are about experiences that I haven't had and couldn't quite relate to. But even those still have an air about them, that make me feel like they'd be relatable to someone else. Overall I liked this book and would recommend it. If you are someone who likes poetry, then it's practically guaranteed you'll like this book. Especially if you like deep poems that call for reflection. If poems aren't your thing, but you enjoy stories (because, yes, these are technically poems, but they paint pretty complete pictures, so I don't think it's completely out of line to call them stories) that call for analysis, than you'll likely also enjoy this book. If you like poems or stories that are upfront about their meaning and are only positive, then this book is one you should probably pass on. If you think you'd like to check this book out then you can purchase it on various sites, so it's likely your favorite book store has it, that said I'll link to Amazon here
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