Best Poetry Anthologies Reviewed By BookViral

"There's a fragile & strikingly fragmented quality to Di Valentin’s prose.

Poetry Anthology

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  • Publisher: ‎ FriesenPress; 1st edition (3 Oct. 2022)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Print length: ‎ 110 pages
  • Genre: Poetry Anthologies

The BookViral Review:

With demand for insightful poetry rising, Cutting pieces in Darkness and Light is a well-crafted collection of poetry influenced by Renata Di Valentin’s life experiences. Intensely introspective and reflective, it’s a deeply revealing biographical exploration of the author’s own life, creating an intimate sense of warmth and participation.

Whilst a relatively quick read its impact should not be underestimated. Di Valentin’s literary style and narrative tone are quick to immerse the reader in a strong sea of emotions. This, in turn, creates an oasis of reflection and understanding where pivotal life moments come together to build a shared experience that promotes a sense of solace and empathy.

Throughout the collection, Di Valentin embeds a lovely lilting element in her prose, which despite being unstructured, nevertheless conforms to rhythm and verse, and is pleasing to the eye and ear. Uniquely assembled metaphorical language weaves stories which seem to take on their own identity as they convey an even greater understanding of the complex and sometimes devastating emotions of the human condition, lending a fragile and strikingly fragmented quality to Di Valentin’s verse.

‘I’ll keep you stuck under my kitchen table as gum, where no one will notice, no one will touch – you will always be near.’

Whilst much of the poetry deals with negotiating complex and debilitating emotions, the subject matter visited is wide ranging and multi-faceted, seemingly gathered from an extended timeline, suggesting extended periods of deep reflection and meditation.

An assembling of ideas which can be dipped into at will, Di Valentin’s engaging poetry is firmly recommended for readers who find themselves navigating life’s unexpected twists and turns.

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