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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
Kate's Black Ink Poems by Ruth Finnegan is a linguistic and emotional exercise in understanding life's complexities. Evoking a dreamlike imagery - perhaps evidence of where these poems and stories originated - the flowing, yet touching poems create very real snapshots of life.
Kate is the narrator of sorts, which I thought was interesting. Typically, it seems that modern day poetry is a sort of non-fiction directly from the author's head, but adding in a level of a third-party character was fascinating. I felt as though I was perhaps missing a few things, not having read the accompanying book, but I did enjoy the more lyrical nature of the poems. The poems center largely on love, but also reflect the different aspects of love, from the joys to the sorrows and everything in between.
Overall, Kate's Black Ink Poems are lovely, deeply meaningful, and unique. Although I have not yet read the romance novel on which these poems are based, I am definitely going to try to find Black Inked Pearl the next time I'm in a bookstore or library. If Ruth Finnegan is half as talented with regards to prose as she is with poetry, then I will surely be in for a treat.