Saturday, July 14, 2018

Book Review: 'Rejected letter' by Evisa Isabella Rose

Poet Evisa Isabella Rose is also an author, a comic strip cartoonist, a photographer and an illustrator. A woman of many talents she appears to be making her publishing debut with this quiet, gently impressive collection of her illustrated poems.

Evisa both writes the spectrum of poetry that includes such emotional experiences or feelings as heartbreak, depression, trauma, love, self-love, and self empowerment and places these into three categories – Heartbroken letters, Love letters, and Self-love letters. Each of the poems is enhanced by Evisa’s very fine pen and ink line drawings that create a progressive edge for expectation of the next poem to come.

Four examples follow:

It has been too dark for too long.
And whenever I try to light my little candle,
the wind slithers inside my room
and blows it out,
again and again and again.

But then I look outside my window:
those tireless, twinkling stars
on an endless, black field of sky.

And a drip of foolish hope
calms my shivering heart.
Maybe one day they will come closer
and brighten my cold and gloomy room.

Maybe, maybe one day...

She was lost in a magical land
where Reality collided with Imagination
and the cheerful musical notes
of her Heart fought with
the strict voices of her Logic...

In our lives
we take our paths.
Risky or safe,
easy or right.

The answers are within us,
but few can see
truth's light!

Like a sneaky fisherman,
they throw their tainted bait
and patiently wait for
your reaction.

Don't interact with
these kinds of baits
because that's exactly
what they seek.

Even a bit of your attention
will add undeserved value
to these wily,
walking failures.

Don't feed the mouth
that is hungry for
your extermination.

Open your eyes,
open your ears,
but be wise enough to know
what to let in and what to avoid.

Ignore ignorance, my friend.

Simple thoughts succinctly phrased – poems whose beauty grow with repeated readings. Evisa Isabella Rose is a talented poet artist. Grady Harp, July 18

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