Title: Weathered but Polished
Author: Mimi G
Review: The first thing I noticed about this book was that instead of photographs or pictures this book has penciled artwork along side the poetry. As a poetry review this review will be slightly shorter than my average review.
The poems in this collection are great, the opening five are short and to the point with a central theme of art and/or creativity and love. I loved in the poem the artist as it describes what the author is and how suddenly bouts of inspiration can strike and how these moments affect the creator. The artwork that is coupled with these poems is simple just drawn to perfection precisely capturing a single moment in time, even the subjects i.e. a flower seems to draw you in and have some hidden meaning to them rather than just to be beautiful.
As we get to the half way mark in this collection the themes seems to shift from love and excitement to loss and depression and the artwork seems to blend seamlessly with the written words. Mimi G also tackles some other issues in her work including social themes like racism and war which really stood out to me because its not something I see a lot in poetry, common poetry tackles meaningless issues like love, nature etc. but not things that are relevant in today’s society.
My favorite poems in this collection were the Beauty of Imperfection because it made me feel good about all the negative things, it made me look in the mirror and say “actually I don’t look that bad”, and Moments because it just rings so true – and it contain a Harry Potter references that any hardcore fan will spot. As someone who doesn’t read a lot of poetry and often dislikes what they read in this genre, this book was a breath of fresh air. I would highly recommend this collection to anyone looking to get into poetry and just wants something short and light to begin with.
This book was sent to me for review consideration by the author
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