Thanks to the author, publisher and Love Books Tours for the copy of this poetry collection in return for my honest opinion.
Firstly, the blurb: Unhinged: Putting the Pieces Back Together by Olena Rose showcases the unshakable strength and perseverance of the human spirit during times of romantic turmoil. Through emotionally-charged poetic storytelling, the reader is taken on a journey of healing and transformation that gains momentum page by page. By book’s end, one is instilled with an unwavering sense of self-empowerment and confidence to overcome any challenges of the heart.
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of reading Olena Rose’s poetry, and it’s definitely an experience. She doesn’t use words gratuitously so I found her prose went straight from the page to my heart.
Rose could have been talking about some of my past relationships in Before You Start The Race, or Deflect. I also felt the power in Silence, and the loss of self in Reflection.
I enjoyed the changes in rhythm and rhyme, which made certain concepts and words more impactful. There was something thoughtful and moving too in the fonts carefully chosen to transpose ideas from the stark, white pages to the reader’s soul through sinuous whispers.
I don’t think I could have read this volume in one sitting, as I needed to savour and consider the imagery and emotions Rose conjures up. I would love to hear Rose reading her poetry so even more subtle nuances become clear. An empowering collection, I’ll definitely be returning to it 4/5 stars.