Is there a meaning to life? Can good exist without evil? These are questions asked by many from time to time, yet, the answers to these questions are diverse, varied and practical in different stages. For centuries, many people have given their versions of the answers to these questions and the poet of this collection adds up to it. However, she takes a different approach that is supposed to get readers thinking, she provides a sort of room for the pondering over of these questions as the reader arrives at their own answers to these questions.
The first aspect of this book that got me reeled in at the first sight is the illustrations! They are beautifully designed to capture the thoughts and emotions of her corresponding poems. I like the illustration type and how they cover one page through to the page of the poems, adding life to the creation of the artistic being this book is.
World above the Fog has eleven poems, each poem creates life and exudes the very essence of why the poet, A.S. Hribar, chose to deliver the message she has through the breathing force of poetry. The poems are free verses but have a particular rhythm to them
“Third Child”, the opening poem, begins the book just right, setting the tone and putting the reader’s mind in the right frame for the journey that is to come.
“A higher force commands her
To keep on writing day and night
A higher force commands her
To write and write, while losing her eyesight…”
“The Battle Between Good and Evil” adds to the beautifully crafted verses in the book with its unique way of presenting the life-long question of good verses evil.
“When you look at it in a mythical way,
The evil and the good have always fought to win:
Another take-off point that I believe is the selling point of this book is how each poem, though different and separate in its right, seem to have a story to tell. They each come together to weave a string of tales you would love to be a part of.
I would recommend this book to lovers of poetry and art, people who admire great art and its fusion with art where there is a connection to be a part of. If you are too conservative about poetry forms, still wanting your poems rhyming with most of the classical age laid-down structures, then this book is not for you. Yet, I would admonish you to give it a try and it would be worth your while.
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