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    “Into the arms of death leads to only one road...

    This brief collection entitled “A Ravenous Fate” consists of select poems that distinctly drift along the borders of the inexplicable supernatural, accompanied by an eerie approval and acceptance concerning death. The character in the first poem “Dance with the Reaper” sends chills down our spines, as the subject boldly indulges in a disturbing “dance with the Reaper”... even almost unto the brink of death! The scene in itself seems as if it belongs to an antique horror cinema, drawing you in with a cryptic and obscure perspective on death. We interpret the author’s poetic depiction in this piece as a lost soul teeter-tottering with the sensitive balances of life and death. Or is she even alive at all, we wonder? Well, whether the character recognizes the extensity of being involved with what we perceive to be as “death”, can’t be one hundred percent determined. But there is one thing that can be, and that is, into the arms of death leads to only one road... a ravenous fate. Subsequently, notorious “Ravens” follow the dancing couple of death into the world of immortality, furthermore, symbolically illustrating portraits of an afterlife that seems to have already began. It is clever of Author H.J. to include the raven as a primary connector throughout the entire book, as it is a prominent creature with distinct association to the presence and coming of death, and in this case, effortlessly intertwines into the book title itself, “Ravenous Fate”. So we can't read this book without asking; is the raven’s infamous reputation truly due to their innate ability to forecast ominous signs of tragedy, misfortune, bad-luck, or deathly gloom? Apprehensive and curious, H.J. has us all inclined to find out! But before we do, we’re even more taken back by the narrator’s unexpected ode to “The Reaper” saying; “The Reaper is a friend, One constant ‘till the end”, then “To the Reaper we are bound. The Reaper is our truest friend. Staying with us ‘till the end”. Though it is inevitable that death be a natural part of life, it can be perceived as unusual when a person welcomes death into their life with a kiss. And essentially, the character in this poem nearly mimics exactly this, mentally paving the way for what appears to be a dubious and terminal end. This melancholic collection includes acrostic selections, with one specifically defining the overall meaning of life using four key words; “Lust; Imagination; Fortitude; and Envy”, all “open-ended” labels liable to land anyone in a definite world of trouble without proper guidance and/or a stable mindset. Is it possible that the character in this story already traveled the path of one of these twisted roads? Because now, she finds herself comfortably in the bold grasp of “Death’s Hold”…and she acts as if it’s where she belongs. But here is where we question the characters very existence, forced to ask, does she exist in mortality at all, for her words tell otherwise saying, “Death's got a chilling hold, but it's the most comforting one I’ve ever known”, making it more than obvious that our conscience has been telling us right all along! The character has finally received her only desire. To be at one with death. The unnerving aura that dominates this composition is purely riveting, yet oddly enough, there are instances of solace reproduced by the uncontentious demeanor reverberating from the author’s words. Moreover, the anomalous tone of this book explores and voyages with death, fearlessly, as the erratic shadow of fate looms, full of confidence and meddling with the lives of those struggling to find redemption (and enticing those who instinctively seek the unknown portal of death). Featured poems like “High”, “Look Harder”, and “Mixed titles” conclude this pensive collection with a sudden burst of energetic emotion, elaborating on diverse subjects in which we find the very last one to be the most alluring. In the ending piece, the narrator debates with the idea of perfection, doubtful in the truth behind the meaning attached to the word. Her words are convincing and influential, so much, that you can almost relate to her realistic perspective. Nonetheless, to persuade the force she is up against will forever be a silent mystery We rate this book with 5 stars for quality, creativity, and originality. Author H.J. teases the imagination with this brief series; we are ever hopeful that she expands some of the poems in this collection into more in-depth tales. Awesome book!

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