Poetical Veering - Tanya A Bailey

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

This was an interesting collection of poetry. I liked aspects of it, but as a whole it fell a bit flat to me.

 

First off, the collection is divided into 4 chapters based on type of poem (Haikus, Tankas, Lune, and Senryu). It would have been more effective if they were broken into chapters thematically rather than by style. It have helped the collection be more cohesive. 

 

 

As for the poems themselves, they weren’t my cup of tea. I understand the vibe the author was going for, but it just didn’t resonate with me. A lot of the poems felt disjointed like I didn’t quite get what they were trying to convey. However, I did like the ones I did understand. 

 

For example, this is one of the haikus I liked:

 

The unity of us

 

Our humanity

Seeks and identifies that 

We need each other

 

Lastly, since the collection is organized by style, the poems got repetitive. The haiku chapter was the longest and it got a bit boring reading haiku after haiku. It would have been better if there was more variety in terms of style. 

 

Overall, this was an intriguing collection, but it just didn’t click with me.