"Feelings. A World of Pain" by Sahil Shokeen
Updated: Jul 6
Thank you October Day Books and Sahil Shokeen for a copy in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I am not an expert when it comes to poetry, but I find myself reading it more and more. I'm drawn to the genre becuase it can express intense emotions in an honest and relatable way. And that is exactly what happened here.
Right from the start, the author builds our expectations with happiness and love, only to be quickly torn apart by heartbreak. The passages felt very real as the author allowed us an inside look into what he was thinking and feeling during this time.
This is a very unique collection featuring the author talking to the reader on the left and former lover on the right. I have never experienced anything like that before and I thought it was fantastic. It took me a bit to catch on, but once I did I found it a lot easier to read.
There were points where the passages were repetitive. But when you think about it, when we go through heartbreak of any kind, we experience intense emotions over and over again in different intensities.
I can't comment on the techniqual aspects of the poetry itself, but I did enjoy the illustrations on every page.
Overall, if you are looking for a collection of poems about love, loneliness, and heartbreak, I'd check this one out.
About the book:
Love is seldom what you hope it to be.
Two people meet, two people greet, some mistakes are made in a moment of heat. Feelings are born and spirits are high, in a second the other leaves saying goodbye.
This collection depicts the journey of a person falling foolishly in love only to be left alone, and broken."