Emotion distilled into language. Beautiful.,
This review is from: The Beauty of Someday: Poems from a Dysfunctional Heart (Paperback)** Disclosure: the author of this collection is my uncle. This has in no way influenced my review. **
I am not an avid poetry reader, although I do enjoy it and have some familiarity. So while I can't compare it to other contemporary or classical poetic works, I know what appeals to me: subtle word choice, sensory descriptions, and emotional impact.
I was pleased to find this collection has all three elements in abundance. With an overall theme focusing on the glimmer of hope that pulls us forward during times when love has not yet been realized, but is sorely needed, these poems capture feelings everyone can relate to in marvelously evocative language. Colors, seasons and elements are used often thematically and to great effect. The presentation aids the purpose of each poem, with Cotterman using line breaks, capitalization, etc as appropriate for the atmosphere of each piece.
While the entire collection is excellent, my personal favorites include Click, Weak Without You, A, If I Asked, and the titular poem, which I will leave you with a small quote from:
"The want of someday
Takes my smiles
Along the tracks
Into the stainless station
Where I wish her to be"
"Someday" is always there for us, and these poems capture that longing wonderfully.