Tolu contacted me via my blog and asked me to review his Poetry Collection. I picked this up on Kindle Unlimited, which is fantastic. However, it’s on sale via Amazon for $3.99 on Amazon.com. I’m glad he contacted me about this poetry collection, but as I mentioned, I hesitated a bit.
Why? As I said, poems are different for everyone who writes one. I love poetry. I often go to Twitch on Sunday nights for Poetic Justin’s live poetry slam, where the community is positive, and everyone can get their poems on. Poems are lovely, and I take them somewhat seriously.
But, Tolu asked me to review his book, and who am I to turn someone down? I’m not going to do that. So I picked it up and here comes my first impressions of his book for the review.
Initially, the poems surprised me. I’m used to spirituality in a poem, and I’m not used to what exactly I was reading. But, after a few verses, I got into the rhythm of the life of the book. This book covers a lot of various topics, from Christianity to vegetarians, politics, anti-bullying and overall almost every poem has a positive message about something. Even the banana bread poem, which is one of my favorites, has some impressive depth to it.
Critiques time and this is rather difficult. I have no real critiques for my scoring system because poems do not fall under the same conversions. Even if I was going to go into the grammar, or spelling or margins, I saw nothing that deserved a critique. The poems are centered, the footnotes are on the bottom and in italics, and the words are comfortable. There isn’t a way to go into grammar and lines when we are looking at poems. So for once my friends, I’m at a loss on my standard scoring system.
That said, I want to put out a non-scoring caution about the book. If you are not into Christian poetry, this may not be the poetry collection to pick up. I don’t personally mind it, but I do know I have readers from all walks of life and faiths, so I thought I would mention it here in the critique section. This is a book that is very in tune with the poet, and it’s just as coded to his DNA as his blood is.
Lastly, let’s go into what I truly enjoyed about the poems. I felt these were very positive poems designed to uplift a spirit or three. I think they are fun for the most part. I loved the prose, I loved the way the rhythm of the words came together, and I’m a fan of the imagery.
Now, is this my end all and be all favorite set of poems? No. I can’t say that it is, because by nature I have listened to so many different takes on verses to pick a favorite. But I can say I did indeed enjoy this set.
How do you score a book that doesn’t fall into any usual convention for a book that I score? It’s tough.
In this case, what I’m going to do because I have no scoring system that truly applies to a book of poetry, I shall go with my heart for once. I have no math behind this to base my score, but I will use the star system instead. I need to consider what I should use for future poetry collections when it comes to the logical data I like to collect.
So, “Dead Dogs Don’t Bark” gets a 4-star review on Amazon and Goodreads. I liked many aspects of it, but some parts were not as enjoyable to me and that’s why I gave it 4-stars.
Until next time my friends, have a wonderful rest of your day!