Disclosure: I purchased the poetry book “the Silence Before Dawn” by Henry Martin. I do not know the author personally and have had only encounters with him on the Goodreads site. I had no communication with him at any time about this book. The comments that follow are my own personal opinion. I received NO compensation of any kind, or from any one, to provide this review.
I enjoy contemporary poetry. I have developed a taste for the art form over the past few years. This book was very different from the poetry I normally read.
I felt I was reading a depressed youth in some poems, a cynical realist in others, the emotional joy in a select few, and the curious inquisition in many. I read the book three times and found tremendous diversity among the works.
This book showcased a thoughtful and masterful poet. Among my favorite poems were “A Day in The Park” “Without a Chance” “Roro” “The Mother of My Child” – I found they resonated with me. There were some I did not care for and found very disturbing and dark.
I have given this book 4 stars overall. I found the constant reference to mirrors a bit redundant and there were lines that echoed in several of the poems. Other than these trivial issues, the book was excellent.
I would strongly suggest every one read this book. I’m sure every reader will take different emotions away from this very impressive and diverse poetry.