Book Review: 'Escaping The Darkness: Running From My Dreams' (Poetry) written by Christopher Bice; Publisher: The JayZoMon/ Dark Myth Company (June 17 2021)
Let's take a few moments to dive into the newly published poetry book, ESCAPING THE DARKNESS: RUNNING FROM MY DREAMS written by poet, Christopher Bice. I purchased the Kindle eBook version of this book in June of 2021.
A book cover is your prelude, a strong hint, as to the subject that will be played out within the interior of your book. This particular book cover conveys a desperate urgency as indicated by the title and the image of a male figure running away, towards the light filtering through the open doorway. This urgency sets the tones for the poems found within this book. When we see an image like this in runaway mode, "escaping the darkness," we tend to think it is because something unpleasant is occurring, feelings of turmoil are ensuing and we are searching for safer ground.
Mr. Bice's poetry book is drenched in a plethora of emotions from beginning to end. The tone throughout the book is heavy, saturated in rich imagery that builds throughout each poem. Joy and pain seem to intermingle and figure prominently in his writing.
The emotions conveyed in his work are raw and real. Internal anguish is prominent in his piece, GOODBYE TO LOVE:
"Why did I stay with a broken heart
To you love was always À la cart
You took the good but not the bad
You drained me of everything I had."
Tortured emotions are conveyed in the above-noted quote and resonate throughout the book.
Mr. Bice is not afraid to speak of love and give you a bittersweet ending as found in his poem, IN MY THOUGHTS:
"I’ll pray for you
You pray for me
I’ll forever live in my misery
While you sleep for eternity."
Mr. Bice's writing is not traditional. He writes outside of the box, and does not cater to perceived expectations. His writing is unapologetically teeming with unexpected twists and turns i.e., true love in all it's riveting glory, ending in either loss and/or death and/or longing. This is bold. There is a haunting element to his writing that touches the reader's core. These are deeply raw, sentimental moments the reader stumbles upon. I walked away from the last page feeling thoughtful and brimming with the realization that we are all fragile and therefore must make a point of cherishing every moment that unfolds in our lives.
This poetry book is definitely worth purchasing and adding it to your reading arsenal.
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Book Review: Escaping The Darkness: Running From My Dreams written by Christopher Bice
Copyright (C) 2021 Mary-Lisa Russo
You have stumbled into the writing world of Mary-Lisa Russo, an avid storyteller observing the universe around her and her humble place amongst the stars. “Excerpts From The Wandering Mind” is Mary-Lisa’s first collection of poems and she is currently working on her next book, a compilation of romantic poetry. She is a university graduate having majored in English Literature and continues to nurture her ongoing writing education at a local college and other educational avenues. She is a member of the Ontario Poetry Society and various writers’ groups. She enjoys reading and giving a voice to fellow authors.