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The beauty of poetry lies in its ability to be simple and yet evoke milliards of ideas and emotions. It gives the reader the keys to unlock his or her imagination, and its beauty is ever-changing. The Missing Angle by Karine Leno Ancellin embodies all these and more. It is a melting pot of living experiences and an ode to love and life. It offers an assortment of words that tries to make sense of a dynamic yet beautiful world.
The Missing Angle is heavily dotted by references to Greece, Greek mythology, art, geography, and the celestial bodies. The poems draw from the poet's personal experiences: love, immigration, multicultural heritage, technology, deprivations, yearnings, and world events. It encompasses the fragility of human emotions, despairs the world's misfortunes, and takes pride in the human spirit's resilience. It succeeds in reaching into the depths and stirring the strings of the soul. Finally, it leaves in its wake a yearning for what is lost but can be regained.
There is a saying that each poem has its audience, meaning that each poem speaks to certain people and sometimes not to others. The interpretation of poetry is subjective, and therein lies its uniqueness. Although some of the poems in The Missing Angle were personal to the poet, like "Midwifing the Poem," I still was able to grasp some meanings of my own from them.
The play on words is also rhythmic and enjoyable. For example: "on your exposed skin, my besotted lips lick lukewarm lies" and "When will you arrive, return, depart and come again? How will the minutes measure to the dusks and the darks?" These beautiful lines leave a lasting impression and are a testament to the poet's mastery of words.
This book's poems are expressed beautifully, with some interesting layouts that mirror the poems' souls. "Gmail Novel" is written like an email while "Mood Button" reads like a chat. In "Free Fall," the poet's pain expresses itself in the lingering of her words as if she is stretching out her soul. At the bottom of some poems, some difficult words are also explained. A knowledge of Greece and Greek art and mythology would go a long way in helping the reader appreciate this book. A quick search on the internet comes in handy when this knowledge isn't readily available, though.
It is almost impossible to find errors in poetry because the rules of grammar and lexicons are bent to allow for the poetic mind's creative expression. So the body of work in itself contains no errors. However, the first three pages of this e-book are out of place. The first two pages seem like something from another website, and the third page is a distortion of the front and back pages of this poetry collection. This is the only complaint I have about this book.
This collection is recommended to lovers of poetry and readers curious about poems on love and longings. It is definitely an enriching book for literature lovers.
I would rate this book a 4 out of 4. This isn't just a collection of poems; it weaves stories that speak to its readers individually. My personal favorite, "Late in Love," speaks of the dilemma of modern love.
The Missing Angle
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