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The Poetic Vibrations of a Matured Butterfly

The Poetic Vibrations of a Matured Butterfly by Arthur Lee Conway is a collection of poems and short stories exploring a variety of struggles that humans face. The book highlights addiction, police brutality, pedophilia, rape, war, and hunger. The book also focuses on the suffering of the disabled as well as the physical and psychological violence of Hitler’s prisoners in the holocaust as well as how racism and apartheid influence the acquisition of opportunities. What intrigued me about this book was the breadth and depth of the topics covered, as the book also focuses on gambling and its relation to poverty, religious fraud and the political and economic colonization in Africa, Communist Europe, and Latin America and the effects of authoritarian democracies.

The Poetic Vibrations of a Matured Butterfly is a poignant collection of different societies’ strife expressed as relatable poems and short stories. The author clearly shows how violence is meted out on victims by perpetrators. In The Hunt, a man is hurled out of his car and violently battered. The book also delves into war, citing the bombing of the Vietnamese, Communists, and Latin America during their economic exploration by the superpowers. The author also writes of the followers of Moloch slaves to their masters every whim. A taxing religion, he implies, when they have to sacrifice to appease. The book is high in social commentary and will leave readers pondering the sheer diversity of human suffering.

The book left me with a feeling that knowledge is a key component to overcome the array of obstacles facing humanity. The setting of the resurrection of the devoured eagle in Dream II portrays the guarding character of God’s universe.

The poem and story lengths are accessible and are well paced, with a shifting of themes and tones that ensures readers will be engaged, emotionally and intellectually, throughout the book. This is an impassioned book with a potent voice.


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