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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
Nicole Lyons’ Blossom and Bone is an engaging collection of poems containing honest and heartfelt expressions. The language makes use of striking words that arouse intense feelings. In the poem “Melancholy”, the poet states, “Melancholy, my longest lost lover has returned, to dance with me, again.” In three sentences, the earnest message intended by the poet is delivered. Some poems are long while others are short. Some are whimsical while others are passionate. There is a mix of romantic expressions with other poems containing deeply melancholic statements, for instance in the poem “To Drink and to See You Again” there are feelings of dejection brought about by one person’s failure and departure from another’s life. Overall, the collection is anything but bland.
There is a lot happening in the poems in Blossom and Bone, from sorrow to brief moments of joy, from love to bitterness and from peace to havoc. The poems are definitely gripping with a mix of powerful emotions. The language is not at all complex which creates the feeling that the poems are real and the poet does not try too hard to impress. There are also different elements of surprise woven into the poems which make them interesting. The poem “Cut Off” contains the following lines: “I love you had never sounded quite as bitter until I heard it pouring from your mouth." The contrast between the lines “I love you” and the statement that follows creates a powerful and an unexpected impact. Thoughtful and thrilling, Nicole Lyons’ collection is impressive.