Nickolai contacted me through twitter to write a review post about her book, Kieran : Dark and Melancholic Poetry. She sent me a PDF file of the book. I read it. There were things I liked in the book, specially the typography, the design and the black smudge thingie in between the poems. The poems are good. They show that she listens to a lot of rock music. I'd say Metallica, Megadeth, Radiohead, Linkin Park, The Killers, Evanescence, and some Opeth maybe. It's good to know where a poet is coming from and its fun to spot the influences. It's teenage poetry, sometimes desirous, sometimes angry, sometimes confused, but it's poetry.
The poems: The poems in the book are a mix and match of various forms. The poetess doesn't stick to a format, which is good in some poems, but sometimes jarrs the reading experience. While the title says Dark and Melancholic, the poems go pretty positive as they go. And, there are no monkeys in the poems, which is ok, but its nice to have some monkeys in poems. Here's a lil sample from "Live On"
Our spirits murdered brutally by life's barbarism
Yet we live on to see the light of another day
Are we not immortal?
Right. That's about it. If this kind of stuff rocks your boat and you feel inclined to buy the book, you can do it here.