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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Exile and Kingdom Come: Elysium by Gregory Wallace features a collection of poems with themes of surrealism, human encounters, nature, perception, and a lot more. The poems are divided into three parts, each comprising poems that are short and succinct, written in a style that is free and infused with a rare sense of symbolism. In the poems, the reader is pulled into the world of the poet and navigates the landscapes of, at times, fragmented thoughts and ideas.
Gregory Wallace's style is highly descriptive and defies the conventional norms of grammar, the reflection of a confidence that allows the poet to communicate freely. The poetry is rich in diction and the rhythm is fast. The author writes about a variety of things: the movements of the heart, the thoughts about their unique reality, particular experiences, encounters and the gaze of others, and animals. My best poem is "The Rain Shadow": I enjoyed the unusual manner of describing reality, like the girl "wearing clothes of insects." The humor isn't lacking and the imagery is vivid enough to excite the mind of the reader. Exile and Kingdom Come: Elysium by Gregory Wallace is visionary poetry that transports the reader and forces them to consider other possibilities than their immediate reality. This collection of poems is a rare treat for poetry lovers.