Paperback: 84 pages
Genre: Poetry Books
Writer Maria Louise Green explores the dark and overwhelming world of the modern young adult through themes of romance, one’s relationship with themselves and coming to terms with the melancholy of life, in a poetry book that commands the reader’s emotions from start to finish.
The BookViral Review:
Beautifully and thoughtfully conceived, When Drought Becomes You: and other poems proves a lyrical rollercoaster of discovery against the backdrop of youth.
Refreshingly unpretentious and gratifying Green has an undisputed talent for translating complex emotions with astonishing simplicity whilst rarely pandering to the traditional markings of lyric poetry or conventional use of meter and rhyme.
Expressive, flexible and tenaciously taunting there’s a certain exuberance to Green’s words that make them wholly beguiling. She’s brazen in her choice of tone and tempo, demonstrating real empathy for the language of youth. And whilst often whimsical, there’s genuine poignancy, insight and recognition of the many challenges we face in our younger years.
Poetry is invariably alchemy of toil and craft, but creating a unifying sense of purpose takes it to a different level and here Green’s exploration of ‘the dark and overwhelming world of the modern young adult’ is wholly riveting. Her words not only demand reflection, more importantly encourage an exploration of our inner self and our place in the world.
But whilst her theme prevails, it in no way stunts the uniqueness of each contribution. Poems like The Car and The Hill. A swiftly morphing exploration that finds a fine balance between sensory impulse and the search for perspective and answers. Or Celestial frauds, and nothing more where Green reflects on hope and our innate need to connect.
A powerful and memorable introduction to Green’s poetry When Drought Becomes You: and other poems and is highly recommend.