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Reviewed by Jacob R LaMar for Readers' Favorite
Songs of Ignorance by Shawn Lee Revis is a delightful collection of short poems of metaphor. The book begins with a brief introductory verse followed by a one-page table of contents. Each poem includes multiple stanzas of varying lengths, octets in the first and quatrains and quintains in the second, etc. In all, the book includes seven multipage poems with accompanying illustrations and concludes with the author's website for anyone who enjoyed what they read.
Perhaps the best way to evaluate Songs of Ignorance by Shawn Lee Revis is to go act by act since the formatting of the manuscript changes slightly between poems. The opening piece is a metaphorical ode about an ax in a forest that does exactly what you’d expect an ax to do in such a place. The irony about the whole story is that the main tree trusts the ax because they’re both made from wood. The full-body illustrations that accompany this poem are breathtaking windows into the author's world and really construct a strong visual to support his words. Additionally, the third act includes a similarly magnificent picture to support it.
Following the third act, there are a few more single illustrations without backgrounds but for the last two poems, the visual aspect is absent. Regarding the writing, Revis does an excellent job of keeping the meter readably consistent and pushing the story on with the engaging dialogue. While the book often rhymes, it does a good job of feeling unforced and organic. I would be sure to recommend this to anyone looking for a thought-provoking poetry book.