2017/07/22

BOOK REVIEW:
TROPHIC CASCADE BY CAMILLE T. DUNGY

Title: Trophic Cascade
Author: Camille T. Dungy
Published: 2017
Language: English
Pages: 70
Rating: 3/5


Summary:
This collection explores life, death, motherhood and nature.


Review:
This was quite a good collection, but I'm afraid parts of it went a little bit over my head.

My favorite poems were the ones dealing with motherhood, and the discussions on how that changes a person. It's simply but beautifully written, and I especially like how some of the poems are spread across the pages. It adds a sort of rhythm to it that's really interesting.

One of my favorite poems is called "Ultrasound";

I will wait for you as cicada wait
through winter, their August song
harbored in the last thunder clap
of the season. I will wait, as I wait
through any drought, for the lesson.

I will wait for you as the colloquy waits
on polyphony; wait for you as the bunting
waits on the berry. I will wait for you,
as I wait through all the hedgerows.
I will wait for the clearing.

I will wait as the tide pool waits. I will
wait as the upturned leaf before dawn.
The hangar for its zeppelin. The student
for her marks. I will wait. I will wait,
untying lace, for the double binding.

As I wait for the green grandeur of luna moth,
wings once apprehended then gone
out of sight, I will wait for you. I will
wait as your infant tongue will wait
unaquainted, for the first taste of cherry. 
p. 11

I think this is a pretty good collection to check out if you enjoy modern poetry and the themes this brings up. It's definitely worth the read for poetry lovers.
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2017/07/21

2017/07/19

BOOK REVIEW:
DECEPTION BY ROALD DAHL

Title: Deception
Author: Roald Dahl
Published: 2016
Langauge: English
Pages: 304
Rating: 3/5


Summary:
This book contains ten short tales dealing with deception in various forms.


Review:
This is my first adult read by Roald Dahl and I'd say this was quite a good collection of stories.

I found this book to be entertaining, enjoyable and well written. The overall subject matter of deception is interesting and in some of the stories, quite surprising. The tales do vary quite a bit in depth and length, as well as in quality, but there were quite a few stories in here that I adored.

I'll admit some of the stories were frankly a bit dull, but overall, it's a book worth reading if you like short stories with a British edge. Personally, I'm definitely going to read more of his short story collections, because when the stories are good, they're really good.
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2017/07/18

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