Brinas explores music, nature and love as the main themes within his poetry. The overall sentiment of the pieces is easy to understand, but there is depth if a reader wants to uncover more about a poem. For me this book was missing some crucial elements, the author has chosen to write without capitalisation, paragraphs or punctuation and while some people appreciate this style and feel like the reader can interpret more for themselves; I feel as though much of the meanings of the piece can get lost with this artistic choice is utilised. I can understand that this makes a poetry book more accessible to beginner poetry readers, and it is a valid and widely accepted writing style. Personally, however, I feel like too much meaning is lost when you cannot read the stresses and pauses that naturally accompany the reading of a poem. What I do appreciate is that the author has titled every piece; some other modern poets neglect to name a poem. This can cause a lack of clarification about the piece. The title is a way of expanding the meaning of the poem outside of the flow of verse. Brinas has some very clever and thoughtful titles to match and enhance his pieces.
Brinas makes use of imagery throughout all of his pieces and utilises emotive words to enhance the sentiment of his work. Complex poetry can be found in this book along with a few simpler pieces, while there are intricate pieces in this chapbook a few of the poems would’ve been more understandable with a different word choice. There are also a few spelling errors in the book. Some intentional editing could’ve improved this book, but the poetic intent is entirely there. There is an honesty about the poems in this book, and you can tell when reading it that a lot of thought and care went into each piece.
I didn’t find myself relating to a lot of these poems, but when I did enjoy a poem I loved it. My personal favourites were ‘let there be rain’ a poem about how poetry appears to be disappearing from the world; and ‘searching for the light’ which spoke about a conflict of light avoiding dark and regaining a childhood innocence. Not enjoying every single piece is normal when reading a poetry collection and different pieces will speak to different people, please do not let this deter you from reading the book.
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