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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Give It Wings and Let It Fly Away by Ken Maxon is a gorgeous collection of poems dealing with a variety of themes, with love being the most consistent one. It’s the kind of poetry that is written for the heart. What will immediately arrest the reader’s attention is the writing and the music that runs through it. It’s very rhythmic and the diction is wonderful, featuring words, symbols, and expressions picked from the day-to-day life of readers. What makes this collection most outstanding is that it celebrates the values of humanity, values that readers are called on to embrace each day as they fall in love, strive to make sense of their existence and to face their reality. In this collection readers will find haikus, existential poems that capture the essence of life, love poems, odes and a lot more. The simplicity of style, which features short and tight sentences, creates a rhythm that is irresistible to the heart.
I enjoyed the way the poet articulates on the themes of love, faith, commitment, pain, humanity, friendship, and conviviality. On how to win a woman’s heart, Ken Maxon writes: “The key to her heart /Is in the last place men look/It’s found in his heart.” Some of these poems celebrate beauty as an inner reality, a quality that could escape the eyes. They look past our brokenness and sense of inadequacy, to see the light that shines in each human soul. Hence “An abused woman /Like a flower stepped upon /Is still beautiful.” The poet reminds me of the gentleness that comes through Antoine de St-Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince when he talks about perception. In “Beauty,” he writes: “Change your perspective / Use your heart not your eyes / Your heart sees the truth /It filters out the lies.”
Give It Wings and Let It Fly Away contains very beautifully written, heartwarming poems that will entertain readers and delight them. In sharing his thoughts, his ideas on pain, his experience of love and his fears through poetry, the poet has succeeded in connecting with millions of people. This collection gives voice to the moments of love, joy, pain and freedom that most of us experience daily. It is a gift, and it should be shared.