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Reviewed by Timothy R Baldwin for Readers' Favorite
Ariella C.'s It Whispers... is a collection of poems that teeter on the edge of an emotional explosion. It is honest as it deals with themes that hit a personal note for the poet and the reader. That is the beauty of poetry. It takes on new meaning for the reader while, with a wink and nod, the poet says, "You know what I'm saying."
The poet's masterful use of wordplay, imagery, and metaphor invokes the familiar: a young woman in a bar, a young girl holding onto innocence, reconciling the known with the unknown, and dealing with life while the metaphorical fire blazes around you. The first poem, Girl, sets the tone for the work, yet the journey throughout this work is an ever-shifting wrestling of themes. Girl presents itself with an air of bleak confidence. It seems to be a poem about a pretty young woman in a bar who simply wants to be left alone, and she casually rejects the attention of those shady characters swarming around her.
Later, the poet presents the reader with Sphere, a poem rich in imagery that captures the painful challenge of reconciling aspects of oneself that are at odds with each other. Finally, the poetry challenges the reader with To Feel New Again. This poem seeks to leave behind a life of pain and trauma while setting out anew like fresh sand on the shore, or a "silken road." Ariella C.'s poetry is simultaneously a fun, sing-song type of romp and a provocative examination of the soul.