4 out of 4 stars
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The Covid-19 pandemic of 2020 left pain and loss in its wake. Lives were lost, businesses suffered, and our freedom of movement was taken from us through a series of lockdowns. It would be safe to say that the memories of the pandemic would continue to create a bitter taste in our mouths (I'm speaking figuratively). However, it wasn't all doom and gloom. For Francine Fallara, it triggered her creativity to document her photo-walk escapades and create poems out of them. These experiences gave birth to Inkling Whispers.
Inkling Whispers is a collection of poems and photos taken during the author's walks and travels. The book is divided into four sections containing poems that resonate with the central theme. The author creatively captioned the sections as "End Me," "Waft Me," "Save Me," and "New Me." There was also a bonus section containing only one poem. Join the author as she dissected several issues using her poetic dexterity.
As someone who had tried poetry before, I'd say that this collection was unique. I enjoyed the freedom with which the author expressed herself. She didn't necessarily follow some standard rules of poetry. However, I could see the author's ability to string words together to pass a message systematically. I'd classify this work under free-verse poetry.
I liked that the author took me on a progressive journey with the arrangement of the sections. I could see what the author intended at the end of the book. I saw a journey where readers would move from despair and depression to newness and bliss. I wasn't surprised, considering the author knew a thing or two about embarking on a journey.
The author's traveling experience showed in this book. From the photos she shared, I could see that she liked to travel and explore places and nature. Little wonder her words flowed like a cool breeze on a spring evening. She made sure to caption the photos and the places from where she took them. I could tell they were not some random images from the internet. It added to the author's credibility.
If there were one takeaway from this book, it would be to see positivity in pain. The author passed this message across effectively. A good example would be when she said, "For a while, my days were afloat in an automatic mode. I maintained a positive attitude, and I tried my best to not consciously think too much ahead as to what lies in front of me." Also, one of the poems, "Move On," captured this message entirely. I liked how the author leaves the reader hopeful, though an ugly situation triggered the poems.
I didn't find anything to complain about the book, and the editing was excellently done. Therefore, I'd rate it four out of four stars. If you're looking for a collection of poems to help you go through a difficult time, get yourself a copy of this book.
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