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Not My Cup of Tea -- But May Be Yours
on March 28, 2017
"Feign" by T.L Curtis is an incredibly interesting and emotionally engaging piece. The book begins with what appears to be a poem about love and happiness together. The author references wanting to be with another stating, "it is only you that I am needing." This lures the reader in to a false security regarding the pace and content for future poems in the book as this quickly changes.
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.