Author: Nor Azian Hashim
Synopsis: SOLILOQUY, is a collection of poems from a mother’s point of view.
I was a little bit skeptical when I bought this book because I didn’t know whether I would like modern poetry. I’m a picky reader especially when it comes to something I specialise in too. Modern poetry just doesn’t flow naturally for me. In my opinion, real poetry has to be strong, and at the same time powerful too. It needs to have meaning, and sometimes you need to carefully choose words that would convey your true feelings, so that I as a reader could feel what you’re going through.
Not to say I am a better poet than other poets. I’m not. Few people say I am. I don’t think that’s true. It’s just that some things are to our liking. We have different tastes. Different opinions too. And that’s fine.
When I turned to the first page, I was hooked with this one sentence from the first poem she has written.
“I am no Dickinson or Wordsworth.”
OMG! Yes! That’s how I feel every time I put words on paper. She literally talks about how we, poets or authors or anyone in that matter, cannot be as great as Shakespeare, or the famous writers from the past, and present. That poem shook me, in a good way.
The pacing for all of her poems was good. When I read each poem, I asked myself these questions: Why was she writing this? What was she feeling when she wrote this? What was the meaning conveyed?
I enjoyed all the poems, and they flowed naturally like a quiet stream. Some swallowed me into a whirlpool, and I couldn’t breathe. But once I understood the author’s feelings throughout the poem, I could breathe again.
I rate this 5/5. Hands down this is the best poetry book I’ve read so far this year!
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