Review: The Lamps of History

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Rating: ★★★

I received this book for free from the author as part of an Instagram review tour with TLC Book Tours. 

I find that poetry is always the toughest genre to review. It is so personal and subjective that it is hard to critique it in the same way as prose. Because of this, poetry can be a hit or a miss and that is how I felt about this book. It is hard to put into words exactly what I thought about this book.  

This was a very interesting collection of poetry that didn’t quite resonate with me. There were some poems that I liked but others I didn’t really get. I felt like I missed some of the references in some pieces and struggled to make out exactly what the poem was about. That being said I still enjoyed some of the poems. My favorites were: 

  • Lokshen Kugel (pg. 12)
  • When Literature Made Something Happen (pg. 18)
  • After the Party, We… (pg. 20)
  • Thought Thread (pg. 30)
  • Garlic Press (pg. 44)
  • All Souls’ Day (pg. 48)
  • Iridescence (pg. 49) 
  • Acnestis (pg. 53)
  • Knock (pg. 58)
  • Still: Softening Stale Bread (pg. 59)
  • Cenobite (pg. 76)
  • After Certitude (pg. 89)

Overall, this collection wasn’t my kind of poetry but I’m sure others would love and resonate with it. 

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