Today’s book review is presented to you courtesy of LoveReading UK, the largest book recommendations site in the UK. They were kind enough to send me a copy of the poetry collection Reduction Fired by Jennifer Yeates Camara, which was published by Yeates Expressions and has an upcoming publication date of the 25th March 2021.

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Put simply, I loved reading this collection. It features some beautiful poetry that will appeal to the nature lover. Maybe its because I was born and bred in the city of London that makes me conflate country living with some idyllic, escapist fantasy that only a city dweller could, but these poems were definitely atmospheric in a way that was easy to get lost in. Below are my full thoughts on Reduction Fired, but you can also read my review on LoveReading’s website here.

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Reduction Fired is a ponderous collection of stunning poetry that you can easily get lost in. I loved the abundance of nature imagery that was a consistent theme throughout. It worked really well with the structure of this collection, punctuated by seasons. For example, the poem ‘Place’ beautifully imagines a life lived underwater and the poem ‘Thoughts After Reading Haiku – XXXVI.’ personifies nature by likening the exposing of a tree’s roots to human immodesty.

Camara effectively constructs verse that mimics the mood of her poems, such as with ‘Chalk drawings – V.’ where she uses oceans to depict continuity but also structures each stanza in such a way that emulates the rippling motion of waves. You could definitely tell that every sentence was carefully placed and had a clear sense of purpose. This is also true for the poem ‘Enough,’ about a tall tree that doesn’t flower as abundantly as the other trees. In this case, shortened sentences are used to create a lengthy verse that resembles the height of a tree.

Reduction Fired is an impressive collection that develops such themes as love, strength, loss and so much more. It also felt like a personal, embodied work, reminiscent about life, both the highs and lows. I thought it was a joy to read.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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