Sunday, August 19

Book/Poem Review: What Souls Might Bear by Matthew de Lacey Davidson

Author: Matthew De Lacey Davidson
Title: What Souls Might Bear
Genre: Poems, Fiction
Pages: ebook
Published: January 3rd 2017
Where I Got It: My Shelf (Given to me by the author/publisher for my honest and unbiased opinion)

The first contains a new invention; namely, an "almost-epic" poem, the plot of which concerns Tarquin P. Scallywag - a Scottish-born, Shakespeare quoting, Gentleman Grave-Robber who moves to Kingston, Ontario in the 1820s (then Upper Canada). Painstakingly researched and picaresque in style, over several chapters the reader witnesses the gradual evolution of a life as told from the deathbed. In addition, the story is told, not in a linear fashion, but rather through imagery.

Part two consists of a collection of shorter poems, mostly dealing with existential and political issues, many of which are lighter in nature, and are in traditional forms (such as Sonnet, Ottava Rima, and the Villanelle). This collection looks to the future through the eyes of the past.

As many of you know that I adore poetry. I love reading. I love writing it. Poetry is a true art. When I was offered to read this by the author, I could not say know. I have read some previous works and his writing is lovely, so yes...I can only imagine his poetry!

This was a collection of his works and they are all good. They all make you think and feel. There are a couple fun poems, but they too have some meaning. 

The first series of poems it took a bit for me to get into, but after set 3 I was scrolling back to the beginning and re-reading. It was good!

However, I do feel his short poetry was his best! There were a few that really stuck to me especially the 'A Toss of the Coin'. Just the feels! 'Remember Me' was my 2nd favorite I think. Super short, but really sad. 

In the end, this for sure worth the read. He has some really good poems that make you think and feel. A couple chuckles here and there, but overall he really knows how to show an issue and a story in poetic form. I highly recommend this for poem lovers like me. I'll give this a 5. 


Melliane said...

Not really my kind books

Blodeuedd said...

Wow, you really like his stuff

Anachronist said...

I think I might like this one - poems!

Carole Rae said...

Melliane, no problem!

B, he is good

Ana, I think youd like the poem