Abandoned Breaths: Poetry, Quotes, and Poetic Prose by Alfa is a collection of over a hundred heartfelt short pieces divided into four sections (Squall, Monsoon, Zephyr, and Exhalation) that chronicle the mysteries of love, breakups, and flawed human relationships. Many of the earlier poems are the most tragic, while the third section is more contemplative and the final one is the most empowered, but the structure isn’t too stiff or absolute. Each poem stands excellently individually as well, and many of the pieces can be applied to any time of life or situation. This is how memes can be raised from brief snippets of our daily lives into soaring music. Alfa’s subliminal skill and exquisite verbal artistry elevate this volume to a high level of accomplishment.
Abandoned Breaths by Alfa is a truly exceptional book. The words slide over the senses like a waterfall of beauty, philosophy, and emotional integrity and the book is brimming over with rapier-like thoughts that allow readers to feel kindship with others by having their buried feelings expressed. Among the many melodious verses, some that lingered the most in my mind were, “Goodbye Dance,” “Patchwork Quilt,” “Season of the Monsoon,” “Testimony,” “Screaming,” “Metamorphosis,” “Eyes,” “Diamonds,” and “Lesson Learned.” But the lovely writing is matched by the simplicity that comes from complete honesty and this is what makes the book so strong. “He was a bruise . . . not a tattoo. Don’t ever forget that.” A stand-out collection that should be on the shelf of any poetry reader.
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