Friday, 17 January 2014

Expressions and Letters Review

Review By Patrick Scattergood

Written By
Jeniann Bowers



Jeniann Bowers started to write poetry after the birth of her youngest son and her marriage started to break down.  This is her newest collection.


I haven't read any poetry for a very long time because a lot of the newest poetry books that were coming out all seemed to be carbon copies of one another.  That's when I got to read this one.

One thing that struck me the most was the sheer and sometimes heart breaking honesty that is on show here in the various poems.  These beautiful pieces of lyricism on show here really give you a look inside of her mind and lets you see just how she thinks and feels.  I loved that approach because even though these are emotional writings, they don't veer in to melodrama at all.  It made a nice change from some of the other collections that I have read recently.

A previous review said that Bowers had 'gone out the box' with her writing here and I must admit, that's completely perfect for this collection.  It's not one of those highly polished collections where the poems are all so similar that they merge in to one long one.  Instead, each poem comes across as completely different and have their own voice so to speak.

If you are a fan of heartfelt, personal and emotional poetry then this is a collection that is well worth adding to your bookshelf.

Poems 8/10
Recommended 8/10
Overall 16/20

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