Overall Thoughts:I enjoyed this poetry collection more than I expected. I find that many recent poetry collections I’ve read tend to focus on themes of mental health, moving on from relationships that harmed the writer and narrator of the poem, and so on. Each collection varies widely in quality, since their poetry forms are often free verse and don’t use many (if any) traditional forms of poetry and don’t rely much on the typical poetry guidelines of line breaks, punctuation, and . However, “A Time For Winter” surprised me because it not only played with free verse, but also with some more conventional poetry techniques (rhyming, working more with meter, etc.). There were some poems I did enjoy reading quite a lot. One of them is “Either Way,” which I thought was a really interesting poem because of its work with lines. “Lunar” also stuck out to me as well. There are a few weaker poems in the collection, but that’s mainly because I think they could have been made into prose poems instead of doing the conventional strategy (and popular strategy of writing poetry these days) of just splitting up whole sentences into small lines. It’s more of a matter of how the writer structured the poems overall vs. the actual content of the poems.
Overall, I’m rating this collection 4 out of 5 stars!It’s a very thoughtful collection, and I enjoyed the themes presented and written about. If you’re looking for some poetry for the upcoming winter season, or even to read before winter begins, I would recommend reading this one.
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