Official Review: Virtual by Silvino Ferreira Jr

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Official Review: Virtual by Silvino Ferreira Jr

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[Following is an official review of "Virtual" by Silvino Ferreira Jr.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Virtual is a lovely collection of poems written by Silvino Ferreira Jr. It is a bilingual edition: the poems were written in Portuguese and translated into English by Anne-Marie Glasheen. The themes explored by the author in his poems include new information and communication technologies, social media, and living in London. The author does not use any particular structure or rhyme scheme; he uses free verse, and some poems reminded me of concrete poetry.

I found this poetry book to be cozy and comforting. I cannot quite put my finger on it, but I often feel that the best poems have the power of consoling us, and this was quite the case with the poems in Virtual. For instance, I could relate to the author’s subtle anxiety about the overwhelming reality of the digital world. I appreciated how he conveys his dreams of a type of poetry to be read “without privacy policy/or having to accept terms and conditions/or password or login.” He also alludes to “tedious/heavy file to load/seconds like hours pass,” and I loved his tacit disapproval of “robot lovers.”

My favorite poems were the ones in which the author celebrates London, though. He paints the city using tender strokes. He marvels at its textures, the Thames, “logos illuminated on a row of facades, a typology of colours in secular arcades/anxious faces paused at collective stops.” I enjoyed how Ferreira Jr. vividly evokes London’s overall look and feel – its peculiar mood and atmosphere. I also appreciated how he explores the feeling of being lost in “exile in a foreign language/when the precise word eludes me.” I’m sure that most expatriates can relate to the feeling.

Paradoxically, there was a timeless and almost vintage quality to this collection of poems, although several of them were about the digital world. This aspect was what I enjoyed the most about it. It’s one of those books that could have been written using a quill instead of a computer. Its language seems elegant and restrained, and these classic undertones amused me.

There’s nothing I disliked about this touching and heartwarming collection of poems, and it seemed professionally edited. I also commend the translator; translating poems can’t be an easy task. Therefore, I gladly rate Virtual 4 out of 4 stars. It was a fast and heartwarming read that came in handy in these difficult times. I strongly recommend it to all readers who enjoy poetry. If you also speak Portuguese, it will particularly appeal to you.

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Good review. I've recently been drawn to the fascinating world of poetry. I will surely give this a read.

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Post by Teele »

but I often feel that the best poems have the power of consoling us
So true. Thanks for a concise review.

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Post by gatuguta2030 »

I want to switch to poetry world.This is a good read for me.
Great review.

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I believe the author did a great job to translate the said poems. Poems are thought lifters, I feel I must read this book. Thanks for the Review
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I do enjoy poetry collections. Thanks for this insightful review. Good job!
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A good review but I don't like to read poetries.
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Post by Mbrooks2518 »

I'm not a fan of poetry, but I enjoyed your review.

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Post by Misty20058 »

I believe that poems are so informative, as they allow our brains to fully connect the dots. Thanks for the amazing review.

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