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Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite
There are not many things that can explore the human soul as effectively and deeply as poetry. When a poet takes the time to analyze his feelings and put them on paper, a miracle happens. This miracle also occurs in Alex Zivic's poetry collection, Ellipsism. Ellipsism, in the poet's own words, "is my abstract comprehension of existence." The poems of this collection are often short but stand out in their heartfelt sincerity. In what can be considered a journey into the void, Zivic focuses his attention on this particular human condition and offers a sad but refined picture of it.
What particularly struck me during my reading of Ellipsism was Alex Zivic's emotional straightforwardness. His poetry is remarkable for its candor and emotional honesty. Even if there were no other qualities in it (but, fortunately, there are), these elements would be enough to make you appreciate the entire collection. Zivic makes his readers realize the sense of sadness that accompanies the void in a simple and unequivocal way. He is tactful when he presents these delicate themes, which is a sign of great sensitivity, and he also invites readers to reflect and sympathize. The verses often have an essential structure (with some exceptions, usually a few words suffice), but I consider this a strong point of Ellipsism. Indeed, the conciseness of the verses has the power to impress readers on a deep level. I am sure that the message of the entire collection will remain in their minds long after they finish reading it. Definitely, this voyage into the void is something worth doing.