2 out of 4 stars
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The first poem in Martina Marconi’s Mixed Feelings is short but has a knockout punch. The author poetizes the wisdom of words in three simple verses. With that, Marconi aptly introduces the theme of her poetry memoir.
Mixed Feelings is a collection of poems written over the span of nine years. The author chronicles her struggles, her milestones, and the wisdom she gained from her experiences. She composed her poetry in a first-person narrative style.
It is clear that Marconi uses writing as an escape and therapy. Her poems are relatable, raw, and genuine. For instance, she writes about her thoughts of suicide, her struggles with mental illness, and her deep feelings of loneliness.
The reader can sense the author’s life reaching a crescendo with each prose. Her writing improves in parallel to her life. Halfway through the book, Marconi has become more apt at expressing herself poetically. Her proses are longer and more cohesive.
The majority of the poems are in a free verse form with end-rhymes. There is one poem that uses alliterations. The word choice is unadorned but appropriate for her intimate style. For instance, “gray” rhyming with “away” or “sympathy” rhyming with “eternity.”
My favorite aspect was following the author’s life and witnessing her growth, both as a person and a writer. She began with a brief poem about wisdom and ended her “poetic blend” hoping to make a difference in someone’s life. I wished each poem included a date—it might add a dramatic effect to the overall reading experience.
The lack of proofreading and revision was a negative aspect of this book. Sadly, I found numerous grammar and spelling errors. In addition, there were very few pauses and end punctuation; sometimes, it felt like I was reading the entire book in a single breath. Moreover, I noticed a myriad of formatting issues. For instance, there were no page numbers and no front matter. Many of the subtitles appeared on one page, while the poems started on the next page.
Decidedly, I rate this book 2 out of 4 stars. I could not give a 3-star rating due to the numerous grammar and spelling issues. It did not merit a 1-star rating because the book has potential.
In its current condition, I cannot recommend this title to anyone. However, once it is revised, formatted, and edited, I could recommend it to readers seeking an autobiographical poem. Some poems mention faith and God; nonetheless, this book is not religiously themed.
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