Well, this is awkward because I read quite a lot of poetry since my last post in this series – and most of it was Great!! Okay, listen…. I checked. It was actually twenty one (21) collections and chapbooks… I don’t think anyone is surprised by me not blogging about them, though. Anyway!! Let’s hope I will do better in the future and focus on why we’re here right now.
I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Afterlife by Melissa Jennings, in their own words, is “about catharsis, self-love, and self-revolution” & “a journey from the darkness to the light again, and again, and again.” That’s pretty much as spot on a description as you will ever get from a poet. This collection offers exactly what they promise and that’s great.
Afterlife is very relatable in terms of emotions & life events it touches on. I don’t think there’s a single person who, upon reading those poems, would not find in them some feeling they long tried to express themselves. That’s also the beauty of poetry in general, isn’t it? The universality of it. I love when just a verse or two make me realise that, no, I am not in fact alone in feeling this particular way! Others felt it too and they endured and they survived and they outgrew it.
That’s the main strength of Afterlife. It takes you on a journey, a long and difficult one, but at the same time – one that ends in sunlight. It tells you that no matter what you’re going through right now, there’s hope. There is always hope. And things will get better. And you’re definitely not alone in feeling the way you do.
The poems are pretty straight-forward, most of them also rather short. It’s not the kind of poetry that leaves you confused & dreaming of not even looking at a poetry book again in your whole entire life. The metaphors are easy to understand, even for people who don’t read much poetry, and there aren’t any bewildering experiments with form either. All this makes Afterlife even more relatable.
I would recommend this collection to people who are feeling a little bit lost or can only see the dark clouds in their lives. I think it would be also enjoyed by people who only now want to start their adventure with poetry.
You can purchase the book on amazon!!