Everblossom: A Short Story and Poetry Anthology
by Larissa Hinton;
Published August 11th 2011;
Source: review copy
An anthology that will quench your thirst for more than the ordinary.
Everblossom is a journey through poems and short stories that may seem ordinary on the surface but dig a little deeper and the world not only shifts. It changes.
From the author who brought you Iwishacana/Acanawishi, she now brings you a dash of everything from dark fantasy to the paranormal to even romance. So prepare yourself to delve into the three stages of the flower from bud to blossom then back to seed, you’ll go through them all with a whole new perspective on what it all truly means.~ Goodreads Blurb
This is going to be a quickie review. Maybe I should make a sticker for them do one a week or something. It’s an idea I’m liking. Anyways.
Let’s start with what I knew before reading this. I don’t like contemporary poetry. It’s not that I don’t like poetry by large, but contemporary doesn’t speak to me. I don’t like impressionism, surrealism for instance. I get the art of it, but it doesn’t appeal to me. I’m more like Rembrandt or Baroque antithetical as they may be. On that note, let’s talk about this anthology.
The concept of it is interesting. The poems didn’t much speak to me personally so I’m sure a lot of the emotional effect of the whole was lost on me.
The short stories however I really liked. In a couple of cases I didn’t really enjoy the story but appreciated the emotional value and writing behind it, in some I felt like there should have been more, and some were just awesome.
Overall it was an interesting experiment. I might want to read something else built on the same concept, but I won’t say I’m itching to. Try it, it’s a cool read. And if you like contemporary poetry then do try it out.