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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Whisper Into My Eyes is book one of Cracked Hearts One Soul, a poetry series written by Christopher Jackson. Jackson writes free verse. Each poem tells a story or reveals a world in miniature. The poems are linked with themes of love, redemption, loss, suffering, solitude and illness, but each stands alone and is complete in itself.
The poems in Christopher Jackson's book of poetry, Whisper Into My Eyes: Cracked Hearts One Soul are intense and lyrical. They beg the reader to be read aloud; some want to be read slowly, while others would seem to rush off the tongue. I found myself absorbed in each and every one of them. Jackson's style is direct and very, very personal, sometimes even uncomfortably so. This is a volume of poems that I found exceedingly hard to put down. I felt compelled to keep reading and rereading them. They are highly introspective and, at times, very visual. Some of the images are grotesque and frightening; there are monsters, and things that smother, and things one must run away from.
There's so much in this slim volume. Jackson calls it a "meditative poetic journal", and it's an apt description indeed. There is that sense of an invasion of privacy in reading these poems; an almost delicious or decadent sense of reading another's diary, albeit with the implied consent of the diarist himself. Whisper Into My Eyes: Cracked Hearts One Soul is not for the faint of heart, but those venturesome souls who'll brave the shadows in search of excellent free verse will not be disappointed. It's highly recommended.