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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
First off, I loved the cover art of The Endless Journey Beyond by Romeo Maskey. There is something so quietly thought-provoking about the cover that really sets the mood and tone of the piece. It's like you just look at it and get a breath of fresh air and settle down for a meaningful and thoughtful adventure. I loved it!
I really enjoyed how many of the poems seem to be about taking the bitterness that life brings at times and turning them into inspiring moments. At least, that is what I kept noticing, and as they say, "Poetry is beautiful because you read a new poem each time you read it." It was nice to have full page poems for a change. I'm used to collections of poetry with mini three-lined poems crammed five to a page. It's nice to find some poems as long as four or five pages. They give you more of a sense of what the poet is speaking about and a bigger picture. In addition, because it takes you longer to read, you spend more time focusing on what the poet is trying to say instead of just burning through poem after poem.
I absolutely loved "Holding Back." It just resonated with me and I responded to that connection. It brought to mind exactly how I feel and what I am experiencing in one of my longest relationships. I really love how not only that poem, but most of them, really get to the heart, the emotion of a situation and define it in words that you didn't even know you were thinking about.
Call me old fashioned, but I like my poems to rhyme. People can talk free verse nonsense and all that, but to me, poems should rhyme. The writing style of the piece was very simplistic, but I enjoyed that the rhyme was consistent, yet varied throughout the entire text. Romeo Maskey has done a great job in just a few pages, but really transferred some emotion and made me feel for his pieces. I so enjoyed reading this collection of poetry.