Official Review: Love Calls and Roundelays

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Official Review: Love Calls and Roundelays

Post by bb587 » 20 May 2019, 17:36

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Love Calls and Roundelays" by WYN (pen-name for Irwin Shishko.]
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2 out of 4 stars
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Love Calls and Roundelays by WYN is a collection of poetry and photographs. WYN is the pseudonym for Irwin Shishko.

This collection of poetry spans several different topics. Most poems are short and able to fit on a single page. The Table of Contents breaks the poems into sections, but those sections aren’t separated when reading through the book. Topics for poems include the author’s wife, a cat, a New York City subway, and a lost friend. Some are lighthearted while others are more serious. The cover describes this as “a potpourri of poetry and photo art.” I feel that is an accurate description of this book.

The quality of this paperback’s printing ruined most of the visual appeal. The front and back cover sport beautiful and dynamic photographs. Unfortunately, all the pictures in the inside are grainy, blurry, and in black and white. It could be argued that the lack of color was an intentional style choice. For a few of the images, such as “Sharpshooter,” I might agree with you. However, I feel the focus of most of the pictures is lost without the vibrant colors of life. For example, “Parked Dog” has an extremely dark dog that almost looks like a shadow figure. I was flipping the page before I realized there was a little boy in the background. Had this picture been in color, he would have stood out against the fence and grass and the dog probably wouldn’t look so menacing.

It’s hard to talk about editing mistakes when it comes to a book of poems. So many things that would be wrong in a manuscript can be considered stylistic expressions when it comes to poetry. I didn’t find any misspelled words, at least. The author tends not to use commas, though, and that made it a little harder to read some of the verses. As I got farther into the book, I noticed that more and more punctuation was omitted and words stopped being capitalized. It was an interesting progression.

My favorite poem was “A Poem Is…” The descriptions and analogies were so lively. It was truly a unique and creative explanation of what poems can be to a person. My least favorite poem was “Renaissance Man.” The lack of punctuation, especially commas, made it so hard to read. I had to reread several lines just to make sense of it. Certain lines were surprisingly creative, such as “safaried shot elephant and lion/with his N-90 rapid fire Nikon.” I wasn’t expecting the man to shoot something on a safari with anything other than a gun. However, that didn’t make up for the lack of punctuation.

I rate this book 2 out of 4 stars. The quality of printing was bad enough for me to take away a star. The other star was removed because of the lack of commas. There are a few places where a double-space takes the place of a comma, but I feel this is a poor substitute. The poems were creative and descriptive enough to save this book from being a total waste. This collection could easily be enjoyed by almost all ages. It’s not something young children would enjoy, but there isn’t anything that’s inappropriate or graphic. I would recommend it as light reading for poetry fans.

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Post by Brendan Donaghy » 24 May 2019, 09:02

Shame about the visuals. A writer doesn't have much control over how his/her work will be received, but stuff like the visuals and the editing are controllable. If you don't get those right, the casual browser isn't going to spend too much time on your book. Great review!

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Post by Stephanie Elizabeth » 24 May 2019, 10:56

It is too bad about the missing commas and the grainy pictures. Perhaps with another round of editing, this book will get a higher rating! Thanks for the honest review!

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Post by bb587 » 24 May 2019, 11:19

I'm pretty sure the lack of commas was intentional. I'm just not a fan of omitting them when line breaks become unclear.

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Post by Meg98 » 25 May 2019, 19:56

This sounds like a promising collection of poetry, but it is a shame about the visual and editing components. It really does detract from the reading experience... I will pass on this one for now, but thank you for this great review!
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Post by Zeix » 27 May 2019, 03:30

The poetry seems to be okey other than the mistakes that it contains

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Post by Ellylion » 27 May 2019, 12:50

Unfortunately, poets tend to ignore punctuation very often, and it definitely makes reading very hard. I loved the cover and sad to learn that the other pictures are of bad quality. Still hope this book finds its reader :) Thank you for a great review!

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Post by Chrystal Oaks » 30 May 2019, 20:46

I think I will pass on this book of poems. I've been reading enough poems to know that I like them with somewhat correct punctuation. Too bad about the grainy pictures. I enjoyed reading your review. Thanks!
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Post by Renee_Prior1995 » 11 Jun 2019, 18:22

It is a shame that the editing was not done professionally. same about the photographs. This was a great honest review. good job.
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