Almost a Memoir

Almost a Memoir by M.C Rydel is a book of thought-provoking poems that are based on many experiences we go through in life and our actions and ways of dealing with it. The poems touch upon death, immortality, family, love, and many more topics.

Rydel’s poetry is deep and observant and make the reader think about life and the impact they have made on others. The author has survived more than anyone should have to, and has a lot of hard things from their life to grapple with, things they have done, and many things others have done to them. The author is candid when sharing those potent memories with us.

The ability to perceive, empathically and intellectually, and the will to live despite intense suffering in isolation, weave throughout this collection. The last two years, people had to deal with isolation, but most people have lived with feelings of isolation before it was so prevalent. Most people put up a façade, and never express the depths of their pain. The poem Our Collection of Masks is the perfect example of this and shows how we were all wearing masks before it all started. Another poem that exemplifies the American experience of the last 30 years is You’ve Won Fifty Dollars in a Million-dollar Lottery. Rydel’s words and thoughts are powerful and expressive and evokes emotion in the reader.

I think this influential collection will help people take a look at themselves internally, especially the aspects of themselves that has remained hidden for far too long. Areas that people have been afraid to think about, let alone talk about. These carefully-crafted verses will help people begin to process what they have endured, even people whose stories are very different. I highly recommend this book of impactful poetry to readers who enjoy stirring poems that will have them pondering a variety of life’s experiences.

Pages: 124 | ISBN: 1639884432

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