Book Review: “Sunset Lavender” by Angelea Lowes

Cover of "Sunset Lavender" by Angelea Lowes.
Cover of “Sunset Lavender” by Angelea Lowes.

I’m back with another book review, and this time I’m reviewing the poetry collection “Sunset Lavender” by Angelea Lowes! It’s been a little while since I last read a poetry collection and reviewed it, so I figured now was a good time to do so. Here’s a quick summary so we know what it’s about:

“Written over the course of 2 years, Sunset Lavender reinvents the language of flowers. Broken up into 3 categories: flowers for loss, flowers for survival, and flowers for love, you are taken on a journey of self-discovery outside of the relationships that define us. By the end, one thing is made blatantly clear: forgiveness starts when we finally give it to ourselves.”

Overall Thoughts:

The collection is split into three sections; flowers for loss, flowers for survival, and flowers for love. The separation of these sections reminded me of Ranata Suzuki’s “The Longest Night,” except this is flowers instead of the night.

Flowers for survival was my favorite section out of the three, mainly because it had the strongest-written poems. I enjoyed the imagery and phrasing used in each of the poems. The weakest section was the first one, flowers for loss, because the poems were the weakest overall in that section.

However, the overall collection was fine – but felt a bit repetitive with some themes. Some of the flowers for loss poems could easily fall into the survival category since they were overall full of angst and didn’t have much depth to them. I also think some of the flowers for loss poems could fall into the flowers for love section as well (albeit be the sadder exploration of love).

Another point I want to bring up is that all of the poems are free verse. Many of them would read better if they were prose poems rather than free verse, since they would become more readable to me. Having more variety with the forms of poems would make each poem feel less repetitive and more unique overall, since they would have varying structures.

Overall, I’m rating this book 3 out of 5 stars!

It’s not the best poetry collection I’ve read, but there are some good poems, especially in the middle section of this collection.

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