- Series: Black Book of Poems (Book 1)
- Paperback: 93 pages
- Publisher: Independently published (May 21, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1521345465
- ISBN-13: 978-1521345467
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.2 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 303 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Black Book of Poems is a collection with a distinct sensibility that gives attention to a wide range of subjects while living up to its disdain for pretension." - Foreword Clarion Reviews
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However, like a fine wine, this book cannot be gulped down, but needs to be savored. The poetic musings are like the wine's bouquet and need to be inhaled and the provocative thoughts need to be swirled around in the mind and the heart. Additionally, the sincere and naked thoughts need to be reread like a connoisseur of wine asking for another refreshing sip.
The poems are simple yet deep and express the author's heart-felt reflections on the mundane and sometimes ugly events in life. Once such poem addresses a drunken husband's rage resulting in spousal abuse and confronts the reader with pain experienced and broken promises.
Another poem is entitled, "Ode to a Best Friend" and talks about motherhood. This particular poem, for this reviewer, needed to be shared with others.
Black Book of Poems by Vincent Hunanyan is not your typical book of poems where flowery speech is penned and enticing words of love and devotion are expressed. It is however, a provocative compilation of simple poems that capture real life situations and perhaps call the reader to contemplation and action.
So when I read the first poem in this book and saw that it was in a more traditional rhyming style I was like, oh no, this is going to be way too intellectual for me and I will never get any of it. Which is the reason why I never took interest in poetry in the past; it was as if someone was writing in a foreign language when I would read those (seemingly) pretentious works.
initially I was intimidated having jumped to the conclusion that because these poems had a great deal of rhyming, I was going to be again reading something that was far beyond my level of comprehension. I was wrong. That's not to say the authors work is of a lower caliber just because I was able to get into it. I am not trying to imply that my level of comprehension is equal to his level of skill because that's far from true.
His work spoke to me and even though there were those occasional pieces or words that were over my head, there was a down to earth quality to his writings that made me feel I was "allowed" to not get all of it, but yet still "get all of it". Does that make sense to anyone else other than me? Probably not. Lol.
Point is, this book really made me enjoy this style of poetry which was one that alluded me til now. The preface of the book was just as valuable as the work inside bc of his explanation of relative perception, etc.
I enjoyed the short stories too. I was able to read the whole book in one sitting and that is important to me bc I am unable (unwilling?) to read any book of great length.
For some people a book this length would be just an appetizer, for me, it was a 4 course meal.
Vincent, you taught me something new today and you gave me food for thought. Thanks very much for sharing. :)
I believe that the poems are written based on the author’s actual experiences, as there are some poems that obviously has a “personal touch”, otherwise, it is his own perception about things, as well as the things he was able to witness in his daily life. This book could be a material for discussion in classrooms because the topics talked about in the poems are very relatable to the people these days.
I think I'm fineI but am suppressing;
These feelings, I can't explain.
This play I'm in is quite depressing,
And acting's never been my trade.
Pretentiousness is our foundation,
To hide our weaknesses and pain...
Hope you will enjoy the black book of poems, as I enjoyed it.