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  • Author: Firdaus Salim
  • Edition: 1st
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Elong'o Publisher
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The longest poem on the anthology, Take Her For Me is directed to the new lover of the ex-girlfriend. Stanza 8 of this poem not only discloses that the primary actor hasn’t gotten over the ex but that he may be stalking her and her new lover. Now, this is one of the borderline crazy things that results from heartbreaks and bad breakups.

On You, the poet owns up to her flaws, revealing that pain has broken her and on that account, the relationship can’t continue. The poem is also a prose poetry (more prose than poetry actually) which is a plus for the stylistic variety on display in this anthology.

The gripping imagery on Fragile No More compares the ex-lover to a star that disappears overnight. With the aid of intricately arranged rhetoric questions, the last stanza of the poem doubles down on the theme of healing, revealing that poet is ready to deal with the pain of moving on because the pain already experienced can’t be compared.

By The Way Forward, it is clear the healing process is progressing. The lines, “Cleaning up the memories of you” and “Because right now, with you I cannot deal” acknowledge that the poet is losing the energy for all shenanigans. Again, the deviation from the aabb rhyme scheme of the poem on the last line of stanza 1 really drives home the pain in that line.

The Echo is another succinct poem, literally just 1 sentence broken into an enjambment of 8 lines. Here, the poet reiterates her resolve to forget the ex even if it means loneliness. However, this may be one of the low points of the poem (technically speaking), as the rhythmic cohesion seems to be lost.


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