Constructed of Magic: And Other Poems on the Immortality of the Human Spirit by Louis Alan Swartz
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I enjoy poetry from a wide variety of sources. This is not to say that I am a poetry fanatic or that I am by any means qualified to judge poetry. That said, I was asked to read and review this book of poetry and offer my opinion. I read through the various themes more than once. I liked a few on a moderate level but nothing really jumped out at me as spectacular or touching. This could be simply because my tastes are not aligned with how Swartz prefers to write her poetry and shouldn’t be taken as an indication of a lack of skill. I did not like having definitions included after the poems. This gave the book a schoolbook feel and took away from any enjoyment I may have had at the moment. I liked the occasional sketch as it gave things a more personal feel. Overall I feel this will be something some people will cherish while others never pick it up a second time. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.