‘At the Edge of Night’ by Anise Koltz

My rating: 3 stars

My favourite type of poetry is one that has a great effect on readers and conveys either tangible emotions or fruitful ideas. Although I really enjoyed some of the poems in At the Edge of Night by Anise Koltz, the vast majority of them were forgettable and unremarkable. Compiled in this book is a selection of poems from four collections by the Luxembourgish author – The Call of the Sparrow-Hawk, Shadow-Bearer, Fire-Eater and Blessed be the Serpent. Some of the prevailing themes are the complexity of family relationships, criticism of God, negative aspects regarding mankind and the creative writing process.

Generally-speaking, the poems chosen for this book are really short, were penned in direct language and lack a discernible rhythm. Thus, it was hard for me to feel any real emotion while reading. While I honestly didn’t understand what some of the poems were trying to convey, others I did grasp their message, but they lacked sentiment. They didn’t pack a punch, and nor were they convincingly heartfelt.

Not all poems were disappointing, however. ‘The Poet’, a poem about the importance of choosing the right words was one of my favourites from the collection. It mentions how the freedom that an author appears to have to pick the desired words is curbed by their impact on other people. The importance of language is also touched upon in ‘In This World’, in this instance because it seems to be losing meaning. If these two poems caught my attention mainly for the message, ‘Stop Talking’ stood out because of the language. Despite it also being short and direct, the repetition in the last verses helped to achieve an attractive rhythm. Continue reading

Book Haul – November 2018

I was unsure about whether to publish a book haul today or not, seeing that I’ve only bought four books this month and, although I ordered them more than two weeks ago, haven’t even received one of them. However, as I don’t plan to buy any more books this year, I decided to share them with you now anyway. All the books that I bought are for the ‘EU still 28’ reading project, and I really want to read them until the end of the year, which is fast approaching.

 

Census by Panos Ioannides

I have already started and am almost finishing reading this book by the Cypriot writer Panos Ioannides. Inspired by the Nativity of Jesus, it has as main characters Joseph and Maria Akritas, who decided to spend some time away at a small village. On their way there they met Michael, and their lives became even more complicated. I will share my thoughts on it soon.

 

High Tide by Inga Abele

Ieva is the main character in this novel, which is told in reverse chronological order. It spans three decades and delves into her relationships with her dead lover and her imprisoned husband. Besides it being a kind of psychological mystery, I know nothing more about it. Continue reading