The Voice of my Mind by T. A. Fish
My Rating: 3/5 stars
Cover Rating: 4/10 it’s simple and fits the title, but it’s not something that really stands out. It’s not something that would really attract my attention in a book store.
Publisher: Book Baby
Publish Date: June 1st, 2019
Number of Pages: 86
Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review
The Voice of My Mind, by author T. A. Fish, is an avant-garde poetry collection that took over 5 years to complete. Each poem is beautifully crafted with great virtuosity, that haunts with extreme depth and wonder. The collection deals with themes of grief, love, spiritual enlightenment, and philosophy. From beginning to end, the poems read in a mesmerizing and captivating style, expertly flowing from one theme to the next.
The pyre of life Is a great treasure chest;
Pouring out All, Of the world’s best.
The fruit of men Is like a deep well;
To find the bottom Time will tell.
The love of God Is like a great vista view;
Endless in boundaries And beauty too.
The hate of the world Is an abominable snow;
Blinding in rage Of what it ought not know.
The knowledge of life Is knowing what is to gain;
Searching all truth And seeking in vain.
I think one of the main issues with this collection is how much the same it is. The rhythms are all the same and it’s like reading one long redundant poem and no one wants that.
However, the reason why I rated this 3 stars is because there was 2 poems that I really did enjoy, but even those have the same redundant rhythm and I wish it didn’t.
I will share the one I liked the most with all of you:
The madness creeping deep within,
The lifeless body of a man named grim;
As a heartless beat quakes the thin,
Revenant who died and rose again.
Writhing and crawling with nary a shin,
Carrying a devilish smile,
disguised as a grin,
His twinkling eyes,
protrude through the dim,
Haze of blackness that encompass his skin.
Seeing a doppelganger claiming his twin,
The unrepentant soul of abhorrent sin,
Seeking to devour his spirited kin;
Dragging his corpse into the depths therein.
Screaming his last, from the pit, of the dungeon,
Never a fate so great and grim,
I like this one because it was darker and it made me think of Halloween and creepiness. But, even re-reading it I don’t feel like it has a lasting impression.
Mostly, I just wanted there to be variety in the tone. It’s like the words no longer matter because there was no variety in the beat. It’s like the poetry is trying to be grander then it actually is. It’s not even that the poems themselves are bad. I feel like it’s all trying too hard.
All in all:
This collection had a lot of potential it never tapped into. It had some good topics and some good lines, but it fell lacking to redundancy. It’s a run of the mill poetry collection. Not terrible, but not great. Which is why I gave it the rating I did.
About the Author:
T. A. Fish is a Christian author, who spent over 5 years crafting the deep, provocative, and thought-provoking poetry collection The Voice of My Mind. “The Voice of My Mind is a journey of the human spirit; one that dives into the deepest and darkest crevices of the human mind, and then reaches for the heights of spiritual enlightenment and redemption. ” – T. A. Fish
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