Dear Lover, by Lori Jenessa Nelson

Title: Dear Lover,
by Lori Jenessa Nelson
Publication date: December 8th 2014
Genre/s: Poetry, romance
Age category: N/A
My rating: ★★★
Dear Lover, is a poetry collection about hope and heartbreak, about love in its short, long, and temporary forms, about how love can be cloaked in abuse, how love can build us or break us, the hard and soft of it, the good, the bad, and the completely atrocious.

Written in letter format, the poetry includes a couple sonnets, a villanelle, and a pantoum among the formal verse poetry, but a lot of it is an experimentation with prose poetry, though it includes lots of free verse also.

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My thoughts and whatnot:
"And I feel unprepared for such peacefulness but I realize I have been preparing all my life to make a blind jump in untrusting faith, for your cloud of heaven to float my way."
I received a PDF copy of this in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Lori!

This book is a collection of poems about hope, heartbreak and love, in general. I want to point out that the word 'lover' is generally used, in this book, as a person who is having sexual and romantic relationship with someone, or so I think. With that settled, I want to express what I feel about reading this book.

I'm not good at analyzing poems and it would be hypocritical of me to pin point parts of the book. Poems follow meters or rhymes and stuff like that, right? I don't think I saw poems with set meter and rhythm, or is everything free verse? My main issue in this book is the metaphors. It's so full of metaphors that I couldn't comprehend well and I have to re-read the whole passage again to understand it. There are also terms and words that some people, like me, wouldn't understand. There are occasional bland poems and has too much of the same thing. Every poems is filled with emotions, though.

Overall, it was a bit of a slow read but I generally enjoyed reading this book.

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About the Author:
Lori Jenessa Nelson is a writer, dancer, musician, and artist who strives to give form to the complexities of the human spirit and its wants, desires, thoughts, sufferings, victories, and failures in the form of verse.
She began writing prose and poetry at the age of 10 along with very active journaling. She participated in the Wordsmith writing competition when she was in middle school, and won a writing contest with one of her short stories when she hit high school, where she also played viola in the orchestra, danced and sang in the show choir, and furthered her piano skills by taking private lessons of gospel. In college, she realized that she had grown out of prose writing and only wrote prose under "great duress" until she discovered the hybrid of prose poetry which unleashed a whole new range of creativity.
Writing in both formal verse and freeform, she further explored the form of prose poetry that inspired her manuscript, Dear Lover, which covers some of her personal anecdotes in letter formats in an effort to make her writing more relatable to persons of all ages and backgrounds.
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