3 out of 4 stars
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The White Colossus by Enne Baker is a collection of twenty poems that explore various themes like death, passion, love, society life, despair, spirituality, amongst others. The poems in this title open a window into the author's creative and intriguing mind, making his work powerful and also one that would invoke the reader's emotions.
One of my favorite poems in the book, 'I Am Horizontal,' is a testament to the poet's excellent use of symbolism to make his poems captivating. In it, the poet writes, "The trees and branches had another idea—they supported my death, and I became horizontal. I am of better use when I am in this position." In another poem titled 'NASA,' the poet talked about freedom and captured my heart with the line, "When all I want is space, to do backflips and float aimlessly, and not be held down by your burdened gravity." Isn't that captivating?
I love poems that challenge my ability to decipher their non-literal meanings. And those in this book didn't disappoint. To get the best out of this publication, I advise that you read the poems aloud. This poet is one to watch out for, as this work is his first collection. What I enjoyed most about the book is the poet's excellent use of figures of speech like metaphor and simile to breathe life into the words in his poems. I liked how he invoked my sense of imagination and made me feel like his words were mine.
While I enjoyed deciphering the meanings of the poems in this book, what I disliked about this publication was that, for me, some of the poems were indecipherable. I struggled to understand some of the pieces even after rereading them severally. One of such poems is 'Homo Lazarus.' I would love to find someone in this club who can explain the poem to me. They say that two people can read the same poem and come up with different interpretations, so I am also looking forward to discussing the poems in this book with prospective readers.
In conclusion, I enjoyed most of the poems in this book and found them intriguing and creative. Nevertheless, The White Colossus gets three out of four stars from me due to the qualm I already mentioned. The book's editing is exceptional because I didn't find even a single typo throughout my read. I highly recommend this publication to lovers of poems with captivating figurative expressions, especially those about human nature and a touch of spirituality.
The White Colossus
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