Author Name: Deniz Besim
Publisher Name: Xlibris UK (June 13, 2014)
Reviewed By: Jessica Bucci
ABOUT THE BOOK
The book is a collection of forty poems that are divided into four groups of poetic forms. The forms include villanelles, sestinas, pantoums and sonnets. Every poem tells a story and some of the poetry narrate more optimistic tales while other poems explore societal issues. Issues explored within the poems include unfaithfulness, the media, bullying, science, agriculture, adoption and more. The optimistic poems in the collection explores friendship, marriage, love, holidays, seasons and nature. The optimistic poetry contrasts the serious undertones presented within the more political poems.
This collection’s uniqueness is found in its design. ‘The Sky that Falls’ contains two volumes of twenty poems each, organized in four poetic forms: pantoums, sestinas, villanelles, and sonnets. Each form varies in length, rhyming scheme, and repetitiveness. Some of the poems relate to one another in terms of subjects or ideas, but each creates its own story to be appreciated. Being most familiar with sonnets, those poems appealed to me the most. However, I found at least one poem from each category that I enjoyed, as I made my way through the vast collection. As someone with limited experience in poetry, I found it interesting to read different forms, allowing me to learn as I turned the pages.
‘The Sky that Falls’ explores a variety of themes revolving around nature and life, allowing readers to find a connection with at least one poem. My favorites from the collection contain ideas about nature, animals, and inanimate objects. These titles include ‘Corfu,’ ‘By a Pond,’ ‘Birds,’ ‘Books,’ and ‘Memories.’ I found these specific poems to contain beautifully crafted lines that created vivid images. As with all poetry, readers will relate to and understand certain poems over others due to their own interpretations.
I would recommend this collection of poems to those yearning to explore different themes incorporated into four distinctive poetic forms.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Deniz Besim is a thirty-two year old lady who lives in London and used to teach creative writing to adults. She enjoys reading fiction and sometimes enters short-story competitions. She self-published two poetry books in 2014 (http://poetry-heaven.my-free.website). She enjoys walking, swimming and playing tennis in her spare time and sometimes attends author readings.
DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for writing a review. I was not obligated to give a positive review, and all thoughts are my own.