Overcast


Poetry - Inspirational
124 Pages
Reviewed on 01/28/2022
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Author Biography

Michael Froilan is a developing writer from Scarborough, Ontario.

Critics regard him as a prolific poet whose far-ranging and full-toned work tugs the heart and aggravates conservatives.

His debut poetry collection Clouded Thoughts published on Valentine's Day 2021, remains among Canada's top bestselling books on Amazon.

Known by his loved ones as nauseatingly positive, nothing motivates him more than progress and sharing worthwhile wisdom with others.

If he's not writing and Googling what certain words mean, he's either reading, training, studying herbal medicine or hunting for memes.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite

Michael Froilan shares his poetry with us in Overcast. Overcast is an interesting choice for the title of this book. However, I think the title succinctly expresses the tenor of the poems. They seem to be rather sad and infused with doom. Michael appears to be striking out at the injustices he has experienced. He has experienced pain, struggles, and emptiness. However, Michael does not share his sadness to make the reader sad, but to show them that they are not alone in their pain. Pain and sorrow are much more profound when approached alone, but it is slightly easier to face your future knowing that others feel your pain. On the other hand, there are rays of hope that pop up now and then. Never compare yourself to others, nor let them be the basis of your self-worth.

In Overcast, Michael Froilan opens up his soul and allows us to look at his depression. He shares his emotional pain with openness. His longer poems tend to be more down than his shorter ones. However, some of his shorter poems are positive and full of hope. At times his words can be crude and almost vulgar. He uses slang words as if they were nothing. Conservatives may have to overlook some of the words he uses. However, if you can see past the terms, you may resonate with his feelings. This book is Michael’s view of life. He sees the bad outweighing the good. Yet, even in the negativity, Michael can admit that the pains of life are part of the blessings and that difficulties lead to growth.

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Michael Froilan’s powerful collection of poetry interrogates both himself and the reader. The poems question how we make ourselves fit in with society. What effect does it have on our spirit if we do choose to conform to what others think we should be? Will we simply complete the jigsaw, or will we be the outcast missing piece?

From the very first poem ‘number one’, Froilan illustrates from his own life, how our greatest successes are just enfolded into the normality of our life, being a number one selling poet doesn’t stop the dirty dishes piling up. Throughout the work he uses a lowercase ‘i’ for the personal pronoun, which is a constant visual reminder of how we register our own ego and self-importance. Froilan’s poems constantly makes demands of the reader to address their own lives and how they are going to respond to his poetry. He demonstrates several times that he is a guide to the reader, but he is on the same journey as so many of us. ‘scorpion in a bucket’ contains the beautiful image of:

“i’m pulled by the stars

And i’m haunted by my dying dreams.”



Despite the seriousness of the prevailing message of addressing our own self-understanding, there is an interspersion of tender love poems in this collection, and all the poems are often playful, delighting in punning on simple words, and weaving through references as diverse as Jose Rizal and Frank Ocean. In the poem ‘lit crit’ he predicts what his critics might say with the statement of his writing philosophy “i don’t over-decorate what needs to be said.”

In this collection, there are many inspiring lines to pick from, one that particularly struck me is from the poem ‘anguish’:

“when i plummet, i don’t seek sympathy

i seek voltage”

It is a strong call for us to never give up, to always draw on our hidden energy to fight back against the sorrow of this world.

In the final devastating poem, ‘Reform’, Frolian reveals the reason for the questing positivity of his poetry,

“it was a cold spring night

i slashed the life out of my left wrist”

As the phoenix he was able to rise out of his burnt out chaos and his work provides hope we can all do the same.