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Reviewed by Robin Goodfellow for Readers' Favorite
Written Constellations, by Hanzel Writes, is a collection of poetry that illustrates the imperfect thoughts that make up the remnants of life. The book is separated into four parts. The first part, Ink, describes the pain of unrequited love, as well as the freedom you could have in removing yourself from the world, and in being who you really are. The second part, Spells, introduces fairytale-like poems that are filled with raw emotion, all of which show the depths of reality. The third part, Stardust, has simplistic phrases that cascade down the pages, like stardust from a forgotten time. The fourth and final part, Galaxies, is a collection of vignettes that describe just how big life can be, and how minuscule we really are. From individualistic to almost otherworldly, Hanzel Writes paints a picture of the many levels of life, and how heartbreakingly wonderful they can be.
From depression, to unrequited love, to even painful love, with each word read, I felt a tiny part of me understand just what the poet was implying. One of my favorite poems in this book had to do with dying; after all, what’s there to be afraid of about true death once you’ve died a million times on the inside? It’s these kinds of phrases that had me pondering on my own life and circumstances, and trying to figure out if I was doing okay. The fact that each section had its own symbol was also unique to me. From the simplistic poems of Ink, to the deep descriptions of Galaxies, I can’t even begin to remember the last time I’ve read something so romantic. Written Constellations truly does remind you of the time when you stare up into the sky and realize just how many stars there are, how beautiful this world truly is, and how small you really are. While I’ve read many poetry books, I don’t think I’ve come across something so profound. As such, I would recommend this collection to everyone.