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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
Typical Tragedies by Patrick Ashe is a wonderfully unique, no holds barred collection of poetry. Over the course of 21 years, Patrick explores the diverse aspects of today's society. He explores the complexities of human behaviour, from the differing emotions found in relationships and the battle to be authentic and true to oneself. Political issues such as identity politics, the fake personas of social media and social inequalities and justice are also addressed in a brutally honest and often humorous manner. This compilation of poems will compel you to address your own behaviour and attitudes to many different aspects of your life.
This brilliant collection of poems really delves into the complexities of human nature and current social issues but with a breath of fresh air. Each poem flows beautifully and the language is extremely visual, which sparks your emotions in such a powerful way. Some of the poems will make you gasp with their honesty, while others will make you laugh out loud. The feelings of love and hate within a relationship are relayed perfectly, as is the issue of people trying to achieve the impossible goal of perfection. The language used is forthright, descriptive, and will definitely make you evaluate your beliefs and actions. I loved so many of the poems, but especially Hooks and Chains Of The Mind, The Worst Of This World, and my absolute favourite, The Clause Of The World with its profound and powerful message. In Typical Tragedies by Patrick Ashe, the one quote which stood out for me was: "I don't want illusions. I want realities."