2 out of 4 stars
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To Hear Your Voice by Carol Kappes is a collection of poems. I like that the book is organized into sections, such as life, nature, and emotion. Most poems are a page or less, though a few extend onto a second page. The preface promises that some poems will “change your thoughts on ways to see things in a different perspective.” Unfortunately, it didn’t deliver on said promise.
Many of her poems consist of repetition. In the poem, “When You Hear the Word ‘Colors,’ What Do You Think,” she starts the first twenty lines with the words, “I think of the colors.” The last line is the only one different. She does this again in several other poems including, “Hate Is a Strong Word-,” “What Hurts In Loneliness Is…,” “The Olympics,” and “Life As Little Steps.” Many of her poems consists of lists. “Your Mind” is a list of things not to do with your mind including, “lose it,” “anger it,” and “destroy it.” “Take Control Of Your Habit-” is a list of bad habits including, “Drinking,” “Gambling,” “Overeating,” and “Cheating.” A few of her poems seem to be from greeting cards she’s written to her children or husband. There are a few short blurbs thanking her blog supporters over the years, and the end consists of interviews she’s had with people online.
The information on the cover states, “Written Verse of the 21st Century Inspirational and Motivational.” Unfortunately, I was neither inspired or motivated by any of her work. I found nothing particularly enlightening or thought-provoking. There wasn’t a single poem that I read that made me stop and think. They weren’t terribly written, there just wasn’t anything especially interesting about any of them. My favorite poem in the collection was, “A Love Bonded.” It was the only one with a clear beginning, middle, and end. Most others didn’t have any sort of arc to them at all, and the lines within them could have been written in any order without changing the overall effect.
It’s hard to comment on the editing of poetry since there’s a lot of room for artistic interpretation. There are a few circumstances where words connected with a dash had an extra space (such as “well- being” instead of “well-being”). At the bottom of each poem is a short informational blurb with the year it was written and, sometimes, why it was written. Often she writes, “inspired of” instead of “inspired by.” I spent some time looking up when to use, “inspired of,” and I’m fairly confident it was used incorrectly. There’s a lot of missing punctuation throughout the book. It can be excused when there’s no punctuation in the entirety of a poem, but that’s not always the case.
I rate this book 2 out of 4 stars. I didn’t give it a one because I don’t feel like it was awful, and it seemed some time went into the organization of the book. I couldn’t give it more than a two because I didn’t find it interesting, I won’t be reading it again, and I wouldn’t consider passing it on to friends or family. I would not recommend this book to true lovers of poetry, but if you’re looking for ideas for what to write in a greeting card, I might suggest flipping through this collection.
To Hear Your Voice
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