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Flashes of Emotion by Augustine Sam
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The best word to describe the poetry in Flashes of Emotion is edgy. The second best word is obfuscation. Third would be sobering. Poetry is hard to write well and this collection, like most collections, was uneven. The good ones were very good and the not so good were not so good. Overall I liked the collection. Many poems said what should be said and did so artfully; can’t ask more than that.

My reaction to many poems was disbelief in how lives could go so wrong; as if the poet’s world is peopled by borderline personalities (those who think in black and white and can turn on you for hiccupping wrong) and evil forces. Not much nuance, more of a blunt instrument.
Then there is the obfuscation. “It was obvious from the beginning this vision was different/Its sheer force stripped myths of their mythical refinements/Like a satire pillaging the embellishments of tyranny,” was not obvious to me. Too often, too much work to uncover edification.

If you are a poetry fan, you may love this collection. If not, maybe not.
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