Poetic Mind is a deep dive into the mind of its creator, John Nevel. Nevel clearly enjoys experimental writing as he utilizes a range of styles to keep his work fresh. No two poems are the same. Nevel is familiar with and influenced by the classics. He has taken what he has learned and created his own amazing style. Many of the poems are best enjoyed read aloud as Nevel makes repeated use of rap structures.
While each poem is different Nevel, has taken this opportunity to share with us what he cares about most. Nevel has fought for his country, and there are clearly parts of modern society he is unhappy with. In this work, he rallies against varying social dilemmas and kinds of discrimination whether it be racism, sexism, or prejudices against mental health. Nevel’s imagery is vivid and strong. Some poems are almost a slideshow of his innermost thoughts. Most powerful are the poems where he reflects on his own struggles and history. He does give readers some lighthearted moments. Some poems are joyous and tell us a short story. One of my personal favorites is Kiss of the Dragon–a fantasy poem about a dragon and an old lady.
Nevel is confident in his both his writing and the value of his experiences. The author spends a lot of time in this collection trying to inspire others to write. Several poems in the collection are solely about writing processes and helping others to take the dive into discovering their own talents.
Poetic Mind: The Collection, by John Nevel, is a great collection of poems whether you’re familiar with Nevel’s work or not. The poems are vivid and inspiring and, if nothing else, it is fascinating to take such an incredible look into the psyche of another human being. I highly recommend this exceptional piece of work by Nevel.
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