4 out of 4 stars
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Speaks for Itself: A Commodity of Musings from My Life by Jeffrey Paul Bailey is a short poetry book that brings compositions about several complex themes, such as love, despair, politics, and guilt. The verses are mostly blank and free since I found only a few verses that contain rhymes and regular meter. Notwithstanding, the author brings famous proverbs with unique interpretations and paronomasias that use words with similar pronunciations but different meanings to create depth and lyricism in the author’s work.
One of the poems that caught my attention was “Damper.” In this composition, the speaker talks about a man who criticizes other people based on their appearances. The man only seems to care about what other people wear and says that their sweat is some anatomical error. The narrator censured his attitudes, saying that he should occupy his mind with serious problems that harm the entire population. I liked that poem because it made me think about vanity in modern civilization, where looks are more important than everything else.
My favorite aspect of this book was the authentic author’s style that communicated his feelings with truthfulness through literary expressions, such as metaphors and quibbles. The author fills the compositions with depth and meaning since each sentence complements something stated before, making the poems even more elaborate.
The only aspect I didn’t like in this book was the number of refined words most people don’t commonly use in daily conversations. That aspect disturbed me a little since it might make the compositions harder for some people to read, restricting the target audience to those readers with broader vocabularies. Nevertheless, I won’t take a star off my rating since the aspect is very subjective. Besides, it didn’t affect the enjoyment of my reading, and the book seems professionally edited.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It is a fascinating poetry book that brings touching and gloomy compositions about various moments in a person’s life. For example, the author shares thoughts about a sense of purpose, or its lack, tragic love stories, and even political reflections. I recommend it to those readers who enjoy reading short poems with deep and loaded meanings since the compositions might awake new thoughts inside the readers’ minds. However, I don’t recommend it to those readers who worry about profanities and subtle erotic descriptions since some of the compositions’ content might disturb them.
Speaks for Itself: A Commodity of Musings from My Life
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