Hi everyone! Welcome back to cover to cover. Today I am here to talk about a new poetry book, and if you know me you know that I am a sucker for poetry. This past week I read Aegis of Waves by Elder Gideon. I have to start out by saying that I didn’t know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. So, let’s get right into it.
I had the opportunity to read this book, and I’m so glad that I was able to. The writing in this book is so beautiful, well-defined, and powerful. You can tell as a reader that the author has spent so much thought into each poem. It was a joy to read such insightful poems.
Some of the lines that particularly stood were, “So they’d talk like neighbors as shooting all around resumed” (Pg. 5). This was the first poem, and I thought it was the most powerful. In light of recent events late last year and early this year, we know that gun violence and protesting has become more and more prevalent. While reading this poem I could imagine myself there in the middle of all that chaos, trying to remain calm while gun shots are going off in every direction. It was very moving and gives the reader perspective on how those types of situations are becoming normalized.
Another line that really stuck with me was, “Feathers snowed as shattered wings could no more lift the air. I witnessed many eagles fall To mauling crowds that fought and brawled like savage dogs” (Pg. 6). The image of eagles falling and being mauled is very descriptive. And of course with the eagle being the symbol for American its very telling about how these hostage/shooting situations make people think of the country. It’s not just this poem that makes the reader think about these types of situations, it’s the whole book. All these poems give the reader perspective and make them think about what is going on in the world.
I appreciate having the opportunity to read these poems. I feel as if this is something people should really look into and really think about what is being relayed through the use of figurative language. Read between the lines to find the deeper meaning.
Thank you for reading! Check out Aegis of Waves by Elder Gideon.