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it was amazing 5.00  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Something dark dwells in the deep crevices of every soul. Erna Grcić’s poetry collection Beneath the Surface revolves around the secrets, weaknesses, and monsters that creep beneath the surface of the everyday existence. She deals with those nightmarish eyes that glint in the darkness behind each smile, each long gaze into the distance, each daydream. It’s an emotional and ...more
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Published April 20th 2020
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Thomas Mark
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic collection of poetry that I'd absolutely recommend. I have seen other reviewers describe this work as 'haunting' and I cannot think of a better word.

The author's creativity shines throughout, evidenced no more so than in 'Don't be a Poet', which paints the picture of the internal struggles of being a writer. A counter poem, 'The Reason', sets out the author's own draw to writing, and the juxtaposition between these two works only serves to highlight the conflict in the author
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Beneath the Surface" is everything a poetry collection should be - immersive, honest, unsettling, soul-searching. The author explores deeply personal themes, like childhood, relationships, war, growing older, as well as more abstract concepts such as cogitation and existential ennui. Erna's poems are suffused with a bone-deep sense of nostalgia. Through her vivid imagery, we witness firsthand the arrested flight of dreams and the occasional monster of the deep breaking the surface of her stanza ...more
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Beneath the Surface” is a captivating poetry collection which deals with a range of modern topics in a philosophical manner. It sets its stage in Kraken’s Lair and the stream of consciousness wanders in the depths until it’s Within the Tentacles’ Reach, only to wander further up to try Staying Afloat. Using water metaphors to convey our moods, thoughts, and feelings, the poetess successfully imitates our natural way of thinking. The poems deal with abstract concepts such as the passage of time ...more
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Where do I even begin?
This book of poetry is absolutely beautiful and haunting.
The vivid imagery and raw visceral emotions conveyed in these pages will sink beneath your skin and tug at the very depths of your soul. The darkest places you hadn't thought you even possessed.
The poignancy of her words will stay with you long after you've finished reading.
Whoever you are, whatever you've seen in your life, I recommend giving this book of poetry a read.
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Of all written art, I find poetry the most personal and the most challenging to read. I sometimes avoid reading poetry in fear of not "understanding" it. However, poetry is not just a deeply personal process for the author, it is a tremendously personal process for the reader as well.

This wonderful poetic debut has left me feeling completely satisfied. The collection as a whole is thoughtfully structured - I love how the imagery of water is used to convey so many complex meanings and ideas; sta
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a masterful example of duality. It is extremely relatable without being vague or simplified. It is dark but full of hope. It is like the sea itself: dangerous, but healing. This book is vast, and Erna displays a wide repertoire of poetic styles with the deftness and skill of a master poet. Each poem is different, making for a rich and engaging reading experience. Her writing is vivid and raw, with the intense candor that only the boldest of poets dare to present. This collection wil ...more
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Erna Grcić’s Beneath the Surface deals with our innermost feelings and thoughts. The poetry collection immerses us into a sea-inspired world in which we face our subconsciousness through verse. The collection is divided into three parts which take us on a journey from the darkness of the Kraken’s Lair to the bright surface in Staying Afloat, symbolising our own changing moods and growth. The poems deal with a variety of highly relatable, topics from death and passage of time, to love and feminin ...more
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
While reading the amazing poetry written on these pages all I can think about is how beautiful and haunting this book was. The poet did an amazing job delivering raw emotions that you the reader could also feel...and that's the point. I love how she used water as an imagery for all her different feelings. Her writing will definitely tug at your heart strings. There's just something about a writer who can do that. I, of course, had a few poems that tugged at my heart strings:
-To the Surface
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Beneath the Surface" is such an emotional collection of poems. Every time I turned the page, I was delighted by Erna's writing and mesmerized by Alen's drawings. The author invites to a journey into the dark depths of life experience, offering to peek into the mysterious and frightening crevices at the bottom of the heart sufferings. At the end of this intense journey, a reader will put on "The Warrior Queen's" armor and sing "An Ode to 'No'".
Kudos to Erna for speaking about the horrifying sie
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Last night I finished a poetry book entitled "Beneath the Surface" by Erna Gracic. I don’t read a lot of poetry, yet when I got the chance to read this one, it blew my mind away. It’s so deep it made me hold my breath at times without evening noticing.

See, there are poetry books that take you somewhere else, yet only for a moment. "Beneath the Surface" has that magic spell that takes you to a strange world, but you keep begging it to keep you longer. The author’s words are enchanting; it’s amaz
Victoria Williams
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From start to finish, this book is a body of work so broad and beautiful I cannot fully express its scope within one review. In each poem, the author bears a little piece of her soul for us, and throughout the book was sprinkled snippets of every emotion and feeling that we all experience but cannot ourselves put into words. I found myself picking up this book again and again, taking the time to savor each poem on its own and absorbing it fully before once again being drawn back to her words and ...more
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Erna Grcić is a writer and an educator. Her poetry and short stories have been published in several Bosnian and English journals and anthologies. She has authored a number of academic papers dealing with literature and applied linguistics. Her particular interests lie in successful methods of teaching reading and spreading the love of literature among a young generation of readers. She is currentl ...more

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“Be not afraid of whirlpools,
of strong winds, and murky waves.
Fear the creature that dwells
in the darkest depths,
the ice-shackled Kraken,
that threatens to surface
and your soul to keep.”
“You can hear it in the midst of the night
While your gaze roams the vast plains on the ceiling”
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