On a Fallen Wave

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The book On a Fallen Wave by Benjamin Anderson is a collection of short poems distributed in sections dedicated to different regions of the United States of America, which include a series of poems named after their main cities and towns. In four to five brief verses, Anderson captures what he feels are key elements that describe each place. With an emphasis on landscapes for many of the poems, readers are treated to views of the mountains in Colorado to the California seaside and the forces of nature that preponderate in each region, and the sentiments that are evoked by them.

Benjamin Anderson’s poetry style is similar to the acclaimed author Rupi Kaur, known for her short poems on being a woman in present-day society. While Anderson’s object of interest is mainly nature – and, to a lesser extent, human relations – in this piece of literature, the similarity in syntax is noteworthy.

The Colorado and California parts in On a Fallen Leave are also worthy of mention. The Colorado section truly captures the beauty of the state’s national parks and mountain ranges that attract tourists worldwide. The part dedicated to California is rightfully the longest one, encompassing all the different geographical features, nature, and cityscapes alike: marvelous ocean views at the coast, arid desert areas, and poems on public-favorite national parks such as the Big Sur and Yosemite. Perhaps the only notable downside to this anthology is that not all American states and regions are covered, which might leave the reader wondering how the author would approach the natural beauties of their own state.

On a Fallen Leave is a beautifully written and well-thought-out collection of poetry that will take the reader on a tour of the United States to visit some of the most notable locations and some hidden gems that may not be publicized. Using poetry to take readers on this adventure is whimsical and captivating.

Pages: 86 | ISBN : 1736901931

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Posted on April 6, 2022, in Book Reviews, Four Stars and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.


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