Best American Literature Anthologies Reviewed By BookViral

"The frailty of human life is eloquently expressed..."

American Literature Anthologies

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  • Publisher: ‎ Jeffrey Bailey (December 30, 2022)
  • Publication date: ‎ December 30, 2022
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Print length: ‎ 95 pages
  • Genre: American Literature Anthologies

The BookViral Review:

With a frank and honest appraisal of human nature, Jeffrey Bailey brings us their latest collection of prose, ‘Some Good Writ-Christmas, Cancer, Win, Sex and Jeff’. Drawn from intense personal emotions and covering a plethora of life experiences, Bailey sees their poetry as channelled through them, passing from mind to page and on to the reader, creating a lasting understanding which acts as a comfort in a confusing world.

‘Some Good Writ’ does not shy away from difficult conversations. Indeed, as the title suggests, the frailty of human life is expressed eloquently in pieces detailing cancer, euthanasia, age and sanity.

Bailey breaks the literary mould with an unstructured yet rhythmic style, nevertheless still retaining the power of emotional connection that poetry demands-their prose representing contemporary musings and meanderings of the mind, not forced into fixed stanzas or rhyme, but rather which act as a free-flowing contemplation of thoughts and feelings passing freely through past, present and future, drawing both lovers of poetry and those who find its concepts challenging.

Literally written but with an underlying symbolism, these are poems that can be returned to as you dig through their multi-faceted layers and uncover deeper and more profound meaning.

Despite leaving interpretation to the individual, there is a lasting impression that Baily unapologetically stays true to their own beliefs, as they open up and share intimate reflections about the type of experiences and the resulting emotional turmoil which affects many.

This turmoil is also stretched to include macro influences. Heavy on social commentary, ‘Some Good Writ’ does not just wallow in intensely personal occurrences. A strong message of power and control weaves its way through his writings, as Baily eloquently describes that the person we are is not that which society attempts to mould us into; rather our true psyche lives under the surface, almost in a parallel existence, and the resulting struggle can be devastating.

The reader comes away with the sense that although we are all sculpted by past experiences and at times paralysed with indecision or suspended in time we are all connected by a shared humanity.

A deeply thought-provoking and well-written journal of contemporary poetry Some Good Writ-Christmas, Cancer, Win, Sex and Jeff is highly recommended!

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