Official Review: Journey of a Bedroom Poet

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Official Review: Journey of a Bedroom Poet

Post by EmunahAn » 12 Jul 2018, 02:12

[Following is an official review of "Journey of a Bedroom Poet" by Catherine Napalai Faulder.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Journey of a Bedroom Poet by Catherine Napalai Faulder is a delightful yet evocative collection of poems that gives us a glance at the poet’s life. The poignant offering takes us through life from the poet’s perspective while exploring pertinent themes in our modern world.

Been of mixed heritage, predominantly British- Thai has left Faulder on many occasions, a victim of separatism. In a world dictated by the physical and what can be seen on the outside, many have pestered her with endless questions concerning her heritage. In the poem Everyday Conversations, she lingers on this topic highlighting comments and queries she has had to endure. The poet also brings out the unhealthy relationships we foster with social media especially how many people look to social media to define who they are. Also included, are compositions that present Faulder’s struggles with depression, toxic relationships, weight gain and fear. In the end, she finds her own voice through her words.

The notion of living life according to my perspective spoke to me as a reader. Everything around us seems to scream at us of what we need to be and what we need to do to get there. The beauty of life is lost in the hustle and bustle of it all. In the poem Travelling Through the Soul, the poet brought to my mind the image of my soul as my home and how crucial it is to take care of the “home”. She states, “My soul is my home and I hear it singing lightly against the rainbows of life's wind and every life's wind.”

All the poems are encapsulated by a nudge of inspiration that is bound to enjoin every reader to live life as their own and on their own terms. The underlying tone was that of encouragement and reassurance. The collection contains an urge from the poet to the reader to step into the unknown and go after their dreams fiercely without restraint or regret. This is particularly felt in the poem, Your Visual. Faulder encouraged me to define who I am without much care to how the world perceives me. Additionally, I was reminded of the value of developing relationships with people who value me without asserting their own opinions of the person that they want me to be.

The images added a touch of humor without taking too much attention from the words. I basically loved the whole collection. The poems are well-designed, impelling and best of all, they are relevant. Journey of a Bedroom Poet is a must read for all lovers of poetry especially those who need a touch of inspiration. I rate the anthology 4 out of 4 stars.

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Post by Nmadinachi Egwim » 13 Jul 2018, 03:32

Yes! I'm all out for poets who don't equal poetry to a predominant love serenade in words. With the romance genre thoroughly wringed out, these other themes are gems. There is so much more to explore! So many other emotions and stories to tell with poetry.. I love, particularly, that this poet is able to fulfill personal yearnings and still resonate with her readers. I want this anthology so bad!!
Thanks for your beautiful review!

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Post by SamSim » 13 Jul 2018, 06:45

"Everything around us seems to scream at us of what we need to be and what we need to do to get there. The beauty of life is lost in the hustle and bustle of it all."
I completely agree, and your lovely review makes me really want to read this book. Thanks for the recommendation!
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Post by Cecilia_L » 13 Jul 2018, 13:46

The poet also brings out the unhealthy relationships we foster with social media especially how many people look to social media to define who they are.
I find this to be so true! Sounds like a captivating collection!

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Post by crediblereading2 » 13 Jul 2018, 20:09

Poetry seeks to recapture what gets lost in the hustle and bustle of life. Thank you for your splendid review.

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Post by Miriam Molina » 14 Jul 2018, 22:35

I must have my eyes examined. I read the title as "Journey of a Bedroom Post" and so expected a funny children's book.

Thank you for the touching review. Poetry is a language that hearts and souls can best understand.

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Post by kandscreeley » 17 Jul 2018, 11:25

I can only imagine that her dual nature would leave her feeling almost left out from both worlds. It sounds like a great collection of poetry with interesting themes, but I just can't bring myself to enjoy poetry. I'm glad you were able to enjoy it. Thanks!
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Post by ShareTheGift » 18 Jul 2018, 17:22

Thank you for your review.

I have been looking for a collection of poetry regarding everyday themes versus romantic poetry.

I am glad that you liked this and based on your review I may add this to my reading list.

Thank you.

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Post by +254711641604 » 19 Jul 2018, 04:39

I completely agree, and your lovely review makes me really want to read this book. thank you

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Post by TaaraLynn » 25 Jul 2018, 15:34

This is amazing, I haven't read a great, captivating collection of poems in awhile. I would love to read this one, thank you!
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Post by WendyNorth » 30 Jul 2018, 21:41

Your review makes this book sound really appealing! I love poetry that is touched by the many facets of life that can bring us to places of deeper expression. Thank you.

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Post by obifemade » 08 Aug 2018, 18:15

One of the amazing part of this book; is a delightful yet evocative collection of poems that gives us a glance at the poet’s life. This is amazing.

A gonna get this and share with friend because I love to touch people life.

Thanks for the review

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Post by swlly » 19 Aug 2018, 16:11

Definitely want to read this now! Your review is so in depth and thorough and very helpful. Keep up the good work!

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Post by gali » 11 Oct 2018, 06:33

A poetry book aspiring to enrich our life sounds uplifting. The book covers diverse themes such as depression, toxic relationships, addiction, and eating disorders. It is good that despite those heavy themes, the underlying tone is optimistic. I do not read the genre, but I am glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for the review!
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Post by Strangerthanfiction » 11 Oct 2018, 06:54

Great review. This sounds like the perfect fit for lovers of poetry. Not only does it sound interesting but also inspiring and relevant. Congrats to the author on a lovely review. Thanks so much for sharing.
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