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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Copper Carnation by Radomir Vojtech Luza is a compilation of the author's original poetry and one of the over two and a half dozen volumes he has published in his career as a prolific poet. The poems move between moments of levity and jabs of depth, most in free form but with an unconventional rhyme scheme to them as well. The rhythmic pattern Vojtech Luza employs is slant, which means the punctuated words are similar but not necessarily vowel/vowel to consonant/consonant. In the case of this book, they are also not stressed syllables, so even with a lyrical tone, they are definitively free. The poems range in tone and tenor from pieces like the tempestuous pain of toxic love in the short and punchy Patricia, to the slightly lengthier ode to a pandemic in Etching a Sketch.
Copper Carnation reads to me like some of the slam poetry I have often watched live, particularly in my younger years as a wide-eyed twenty-something in her first blush of adulthood in San Francisco. Radomir Vojtech Luza has the “cool factor” and the work resembles the fluidity of verse that works best on a stage to fully appreciate it. Poetry is deeply personal and perhaps the most subjective form of the written craft. Taking this a step further, poems written in free form are the black sheep of a category that is already bursting with black sheep. Not everyone is going to like the nature of Vojtech Luza's work. Heck, there were lines that I stared at, trying to figure out what they even meant. An example of this is in Gentle Rain with a line that reads, “Born in worn corn like porn...” That said, this is an art form and will, at times, need to be respected at face value. And my utmost respect is what this compilation of poetry will receive from me. Recommended.