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Feign: A Poetic Collection (Volume 1) Paperback – June 22, 2012
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I’m still vowing to teach you all that I cannot complete..."
I wasn't crazy about some of the violent images and vulgar language in a couple of the poems, which made me a little uncomfortable. I found the poem For Shame disturbing due to the subject matter of killing one's parents. However, the poems I didn't enjoy did not detract from my overall enjoyment of the book. Poetry is such a personal form of expression. In Feign, the author has revealed a vulnerability to the reader that is admirable. I'd recommend this book not only to readers who love poetry, but also to other readers due to its universal themes of love and human suffering, to which most everyone can relate.
As you progress through the book, the narrative quickly shifts from peaceful love and happiness to that of turmoil and anguish--even turning aggressive and gruesome at certain points. The poems discuss feelings of hatred, betrayal, and envy, eventually leading into murderous plot lines. At times, the poems are overly graphic and more detailed in gore than I personally prefer. It is clear that this piece is written with true and raw emotion that sometimes crosses a line in its content.
The emotional level of the piece, however, is part of its appeal. "Feign" is clearly written with unfiltered emotion with which the reader is able to form a connection. Even the title reveals an emotional aspect of the book. As feign means to fake something or create a false appearance, there are many lines in the poems that reflect that. For example "I can't stand the fact that there are feelings I can't show," from "Destiny" and "somehow you seem to know there's something faux inside me," from "Keeper" depict the facade that the characters in the poems have created for themselves--feigning something that is not reality.
Overall, particularly with the fact that I prefer calm and peaceful poetry, this book is not for me; however, the emotional connection that the author forms with the reader throughout the book is one that many may find appealing. The raw and unfiltered emotion that so many experience yet are afraid to express is shown here in a very real and in a manner that we as humans can relate to. If that is the type of poetry you enjoy, then this book would be the perfect selection for you, and I would highly recommend it.
Thanks, and enjoy the fish!
As collections of poetry go, this one is rather well put together. I don't feel that all of the works need to be included in this work, but overall it was a fun ride. The poetry in this book takes you through the ups and downs of a woman's world (presumably the author's). The works fill the spectrum of feelings as the author allows you to explore her mind from within. From the ups and downs of love to the joy and boredom of friendship, you are able to experience the feelings of the writer. You see both the lighter side and darker side (some of which may not be appropriate for entire families). As for critiques of the poems themselves . . . well that is the beauty of poetry to me, there is no true standard. Poetry is all about the feelings being put forth by the author, which I feel was done well here for the most part. So while I thought some stanzas were a might long winded, I still was able to enjoy the pieces overall. Overall it was not one of my favorite collections of poetry, but it does make for a nice afternoon read.
This collection of poetry is the written word equivalent of power ballad!
It can be a cry for pinning love, the tears of losing love, or the angry middle finger to the one that did you wrong!
Leanne Yau really did this audiobook justice! I had the feels even if I had no clue what was going on in the poem.
This is very intense and passionate poetry. It says there is a little bit of everything but many of the pieces were dark and angsty.
This was not so much for me, as I am fairly stable in my love life, but I would highly recommend this to those of you out there that are not in the same place in life, especially if you are in the dating pool.
Overall I give this 4 of 5 stars!
Ebook obtained through Kindle Unlimited.
Audiobook was given to me for free at my request and I am voluntarily leaving this unbiased review.
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