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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Nameless: Poems & Prose by Brian Oldham is a compilation of the author's original work on matters of the heart and exploration of the body. Oldham's work is written in free verse with a fluid composition that balances a moderate degree of lyricism and the natural rhythms of speech. Each piece varies in tone and tenor, from the lengthier and deeply penetrating A New Kind of Spring and the heartache that comes from misplaced trust and devastating loss, to I Take Many Shapes, a piece that punches through the page with a succinct collection of woven words in acceptance of form, its brevity making it a prominent standout. Artwork is frequently interspersed between the pages, and the visual portrayals give a nod to suggestive erotica in an absolutely gorgeous pointillism style.
The amount of courage required for a poet - a true artist - to lay bare their soul always amazes me, but when it is done to the exceptional standard which Brian Oldham has achieved with Nameless, it has the ability to connect on so many levels. The use of alliteration is my favorite part of Oldham's work and Fever Dreams, in particular, was a poem I returned to several times. The juxtaposition of the heated glow of new love and its abrupt transition to cold reality reads: “...standing in the outline, of fundamental truths, I feel your warmth leave...” I suppose it's slightly ironic that this poem comes toward the end of the compilation when, as a reader, I begin to feel the same sense of loss for a completely different reason. Very highly recommended.