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The next section is called “The Dedication Collection” and consists of two poems, each dedicated to someone. I really enjoyed this collection and wanted to read more poems like this. These two poems really made me think and taught me new things. Overall, I though this section was just really cool.
“The City Collection” was not as interesting to me as the two previous sections. None of these three poems seemed to capture my attention. I think people who are from one of these cities might enjoy the poems more.
I enjoyed “The Dark Collection” more. This section seemed to reflect on how people choose to live their life and what they might look back on when their lives are almost over. I related to “Tick-Tock Time and “Babel Revisited”. To me, these poems were about slowing down and taking time to live your life, which I personally need to do. I think these poems would be the most appealing to a wide audience, as many people could relate to this idea. “Stop to feel well” is one of the lines that spoke to me most. I read “Mirage of Mirrors” quite a few times, trying to grasp the concept of the poem. It made me think, but didn’t feel too over my head so it was a nice challenge. The title poem, “Holes in Space” was about exploration and critiquing the reason for exploration to me. I don’t know if this is what the author was getting at, but it was a good poem to tie the book together in my opinion.
Overall, I would give Holes in Space a 3 out of 4 stars. Some of the poems I really enjoyed, while others I just didn’t understand. I thought putting the pictures with the collection titles was a good idea. Also, to me the author sounds very intelligent. I had to look up some words, which was kind of annoying and got in the way of reading, but it did enhance my own knowledge. I would say that Andrea Barbosa is able to give the reader a good story in few words.
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