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Although only 31 poems, Consumed, Reduced to Beautiful Grey Ashes takes the reader in a million different directions as author Linda Addison ponders life, death and the love between. While some of the poems in this book are disturbing, like “Mourning Meal,” others are so personal that the reader may find themselves feeling like they are looking into a mirror more so than reading the words of another.
Consumed, Reduced to Beautiful Grey Ashes has a dark energy, not to be confused with being evil nor depression. Darkness in the sense of being the opposite of ignorant bliss. For example, there are poems of love that are not lighthearted in nature.
Linda Addison composes these poems in a way that explores the depth of emotions that can be conjured when you give yourself up in totality to another person. “Before You” is such a poem. The relinquishing of the subject’s independence is what we all experience on some level when we enter deeply into a relationship.
There are other poems in Consumed, Reduced to Beautiful Grey Ashes that exposes the curiosity of the writer. Poems like “A Bare Tree in February,” “Turning Edges” and “Breathe” ponder the origin of human existence in a way that only Linda Addison can render.
Consumed, Reduced to Beautiful Grey Ashes is a personal collection of poetry that is timeless in its approach to be an offering of one’s soul. The level of introspective creativity will call the reader to come back to the poems in this book time and again.