Literature Reviews

Poetry Review: Into the Wildfire: Mourning Departures

mourning departures

Rating: ★★★★☆

Title: Into the Wildfire: Mourning Departures

Author: Noor Shirazie

Genre: Poetry

Publication Date: 19 Apr. 2016

Publisher: Amazon Createspace

Where to buy: Mourning Departures

Summary: “This book series is written to hold the hand of the reader while they discover their own way to conquer hardship” (Source: Goodreads)

The (left me weeping) Good

Noor Shirazie’s poetry collection is stinging, to the point of feeling like I am witnessing the events unfolding in the poems. Her poems are highly visual, conceptual, and emotive – I felt like I was there. Shirazie’s writing style is prose-like which make her ideas flow smoothly.

Scatter my promises

like ashes toward the watchful sun.

Let them decorate the sky so that

the clouds dissolve every part of us.

(p.4)

Shirazie’s strength lies in her creation of her stanzas. Although this particular stanza is not rhythmic, when I read this, I noticed the half rhyme between “promises” and “us”. I am not sure if it was intentional or not as Shirazie writes mainly free verse, but the half rhyme is beautifully interpretative and provocative.

However…

As it appeared to be an ongoing narrative, a lot of the concepts were repetitive for me personally.

Why did I read it?

I discovered Noor Shirazie on Tumblr, and I was intrigued by some of the poems which she posts daily.

Does the author have other works?

Into the Wildfire is an ongoing poetry series, the first being Mourning Departures and the second is Battle Scars.

Overall…

Mourning Departures is an emotional, and perhaps bitter, reflection of losing someone and losing yourself in the process. I have Battle Scars waiting on my bookcase; I better get back into the wildfire!

– Melissa Jennings

 

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