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Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite
In Ounces of Oneness, a book of poems by the author Nejoud Al-Yagout, each work is an attempt to give permanence to the soul. Sometimes tentative, sometimes effervescent, Al-Yagout manages to invite the reader with her on a journey of self discovery and wonder as she uses an almost romantic lyricism on each page. She ponders the meaning of existence, the essence of love, and all of the things that truly make us human and connect us together. Like all works of poetry, Ounces of Oneness is something that is best read aloud, to fill the space with the author's intent and to truly let the words settle in the ether.
Al-Yagout crafts moving passages while using such a stripped minimalist approach that nonetheless manages to capture the essence of her thoughts and leave the reader with a sense of breathless wonder. In Ounces of Oneness, Nejoud Al-Yagout creates a simple collection that, despite the light and sparse tone, still manages to sit with the reader long after the last page. Ounces of Oneness is a book that can be easily read in a moment, with poems like "Evolution" that is almost meditative in quality, while others like "Dual-duel" seem to encompass the heady chaos and push and pull of a romance. I enjoyed every passage and feel that Ounces of Oneness is a great read for fans of poetry. I expect Nejoud Al-Yagout's name to be one that I see more often in the future.