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Rise Paperback – August 16, 2016
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I very much enjoyed the structure of the poems, there was a multitude of assorted poetry formations, which I like to think speaks on the mood of the writer themselves. I could be wrong, could be that the writer used different forms simply as an aesthetic addition to the book, but, either way I think it gels well throughout.
Peppered right through the collection are words that I have never seen before. New words always excite me. I don’t feel that the unfamiliar words detract from what I’m reading at all, in fact it only enhances the reading experience as a whole by adding another distinctive layer of depth and mystery that I have always found myself gravitating to as a reader and a writer in general.
The photographs placed within the collection were also taken by the author and are just as effective as the words within this book. They showcase the author's other strong creative talents as a photographer and are sure to evoke and affect the readers who come across them, as much as they affected me. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone that loves poetry and anyone who appreciates words that leave you feeling something authentic and personal.
Sehgal’s poems do not have titles. While at first I found this a bit confusing, trying to find the beginning of one poem and the end of another, I eventually enjoyed the rhythm and flow in which one poem eases into another, with intermittent photos — bringing the book together as a whole.
One of my favorite things about this book, is that each poem could easily stand on its own, yet they each also work as a piece of a greater whole. It is clear that Sehgal put the time and effort into editing this book. Each poem holds its own, no matter what style, format, or length it is. There are no extra, fluffy words in these poems, because each word earned it’s right to be in the book.
I honestly enjoyed every single poem in this collection. Seghal talks about life, love, children, nature, and animals without actually naming these things. His poems themselves are relatable, and they are presented in such a unique way that I was interested the whole time. Seghal gives his readers snapshots through images and through poems. He eloquently gives his readers just enough information in each poem to provoke personal thoughts, without keeping the poems short and relatable.
Sehgal’s poems are the type you print and hang over your desk for daily inspiration. I sought conform in Seghal’s words, and invite you to do the same.
"Rise" is all at once therapeutic, invigorating, encouraging, and heartbreaking. Every time I read this book, I get something new out of it. The images that are paired with the poetry take you on a deeper sensory journey. Simple and never over emphasizing, the author's message is clearly received, making a romantic out of anyone. All prefer nothing but curling up in bed, reading this book deep into the night. It would be pure luck to stumble upon another book as vivifying as Rise.