Once again, the works you will find in this volume are all of a classical style. There are no confusing prose, or ostentatious turns of phrase. These are poems that echo the more refined and understandable rhymes and rhythms of Emily Dickinson and Poe, but with JaniceT’s own unique voice.
I find that much of modern poetry is aloof and self-important, as if the work itself were looking down its nose at me with judgmental eyes, assuming that I could never truly understand its so-called greatness. Others are so rough and simplistic as to make me wonder why it’s called a poem at all, and not simply a very short essay. Slam poets can reach me once in a while, but usually I’m off-put by their aggressive shouts and clear intent to offend. Either way, I always end up going back to the more inviting, delightful, and damned understandable works of old, where I can enjoy a moment of truth and beautiful melancholy with Yeats, or dance happily through the clean air with Shelly and his skylarks.
Because of all of this, I’m very happy to announce that JaniceT’s work is something anyone can easily relate to and enjoy. She took great care and attention to give these pieces rhyme and structures that are familiar and comforting, while bringing up many new and fascinating ideas. She writes both about the modern condition with poems about organic foods and on-line trolls, as well as venturing farther into Steampunk than before with airships and a delightful look at Verne. All the while, you will find graceful moments of relateable human experience and true emotion.
If you’re put-off by poetry in general, or feel that you just don’t get it, then do yourself a favor and give this one poet a try. These poems will welcome you in with open arms, and show you that this art form really is one that you too can deeply enjoy. You were simply reading the wrong poems, all along.
Get a taste for JaniceT’s work on her blog, at http://janice-t.weebly.com
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