3 out of 4 stars
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We all fight our demons. Most people go through difficult times in their lives, and everyone deals with them differently. What is especially difficult is when children are victims of violence and other difficult life circumstances. Such wounds often last a lifetime.
Gripping The Past by Kieron Immer is a collection of poetry in which the author depicts the difficulties he went through during his life. He talks about bullies, depression, violence, grief, fear, pain, parenthood, love, life, and death. However, the family is one of the topics on which special emphasis is placed. Through his poems, the author describes his life difficulties from an early age and how he copes with them. Some poems are allegorically written and can be interpreted differently by each reader. I believe many people can recognize themselves in the verses of this collection. The fact is that the poems are quite emotional. Through the verses, the author gives hope for a better tomorrow and encourages the reader to think about life and the transience of life.
I really like this collection of poems as a whole, especially because it describes a touching life story. I believe many people can identify with most of the poems in this book. I particularly liked the first part of the collection that talks about family. In it, the author's immense love for his loved ones is so prominent. I especially liked the poem "No Waves," in which the transience of life is metaphorically compared to footprints in sand and waves. In it, the author emphasizes his love that is eternal and transcends this life. In addition, I was touched by poems in which the author describes his relationship with his children and in which he regrets some of his actions. Many parents can recognize themselves in these verses and ask themselves if they are making good use of the time they have with their children.
This book doesn't have a lot of negative aspects; however, I didn't like the structure of the poems. Each poem is written differently, and there is no solid structure that applies to the entire collection. In addition, I came across some errors in the book, so I would say the book could have been better edited.
All things considered, I give this book 3 out of 4 stars. I have no big complaints, but I think the book could have been better edited, and the structure of the poems could have been better. I would recommend this book primarily to those who love poetry and those who deal with difficult life situations.
Gripping The Past
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