poetry collection

A poetry collection with stunning language and beautiful symbolism

Dancing-you: Dançar-te By Gisela Pereira – 4 / 5 stars

This poetry collection was originally written in Portuguese and then ‘translated’ into English. Instead of a direct translation, however, the poet used similar rhyme, rhythm and symbolism to recreate the atmosphere and emotion of the original. Both language versions are presented beautifully alongside one another.

The use of vocabulary, structure and rhythm in the collection are beautiful. The author has a stunning grasp of language and description, and each page is beautifully illustrated with gorgeous hand-drawn pictures. What makes this collection of poetry great is that each work is an extended metaphor of love and human connection as a dance. This gives the book a cohesive structure, even though each poem is self-contained.

My personal favourite poem from the collection is entitled ‘Hermaphrodite’. The use of rhyme and rhythm is exquisite and the language choices paint a lovely mental image.

I only have two criticisms. There are a few spelling errors in the translator notes which is unfortunate, considering how well translated the rest of the book is. The other criticism is that some of the poems have lovely use of language but it is difficult to see the meaning behind the words. The beauty of the language occasionally masks the intention, when the words should merely be a conduit for the meaning. This is merely my own opinion, however, and I am sure that every reader will take meaning from the poems in their own way.

Blurb:

Dancing-you is a passionate tale written in the shape of poems. Each poem is a moment of a story swaying through metaphors and literals of dance, myths, and philosophic thoughts. Bringing in mythological tales and gods, pagan beliefs, romance, spirituality, and mysticism. The fusion of two bodies as a puzzle. The merging of two souls as one. The merging of oneself with the own essence of life. A magical book, exquisitely crafted and illustrated in watercolor paintings and simultaneously displayed in two languages, Portuguese and English



poetry collection Portuguese

Read more of Gisela Pereira’s work here:

https://www.amazon.com/Gisela-Pereira/e/B078BLFXHP/


RELATED LINKS:

9.5/10 stars for Marvel’s Black Panther

**WARNING – THIS POST CONTAINS SOME MINOR SPOILERS FOR BLACK PANTHER**

Marvel’s Black Panther has smashed box office takings and changed the face of superhero movies forever. But what of the film itself? D.M. Cain explores whether the movie is worth all the hype.

Wakanda (the brand new location in Black Panther) is a beautiful and vibrant example of exquisite world-building. It looks incredible – as a stunning fantasy landscape, a technological wonder, but also as a country buzzing with tradition and culture. The costumes, weapons, architecture and even the people’s gestures (the crossing of the arms, the dancing before the duels, etc) all contribute to a stunning world more developed than anything we have seen in the Marvel universe to date. Continue reading “9.5/10 stars for Marvel’s Black Panther”

Avengers:Infinity War trailer review

The new trailer for ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ was released yesterday.Here it is if you haven’t seen it yet:

Here’s a quick run-down of what I made of it – the good and bad parts.

PROs:

That music <3

1 - Infinity war trailer review Audrey Horne Twin Peaks

The epic combinations of characters:

2 - Infinity war trailer review Iron Man Spiderman Doctor Strange

Thor and Rocket together (squeeeee!)

3 - Infinity war trailer review Thor Rocket Raccoon

This amazing shot:

4 - Infinity war trailer review Spiderman

CONs:

I’m not convinced by the new style of Captain America’s shield. It has potential but I really miss the iconic circular shield

5 - Infinity war trailer review Captain America Black Panther

Personally, I’m not a big fan of Doctor Strange, so I’m hoping he’ll be used sparingly, and if he is used a lot, he’ll be used well

6 - Infinity war trailer review Doctor Strange and Iron Man

Do you agree with my pros and cons? Do you have different ideas? Let me know what you think!

Brand new fast-paced fantasy

My brand new epic fantasy novel The Shield of Soren has just gone live on Amazon!

Grab your copy here

What an amazing journey the author leads you on! With remarkable characters, a sensational and catchy story line, and a captivating ending, you won’t want the story to end.  Amazon reader

The characters are superbly written. Amazon reader.

This is a great fast-paced fantasy with very memorable characters. Amazon reader.

Soren postcard front 2

5* to Rise of the Elohim: The Spirit of Iris by Rocky Rochford

Rise of the Elohim - The Spirit of IrisRise of the Elohim – The Spirit of Iris by Rocky Rochford

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This fun, action-packed middle grade fantasy was a wonderful adventure. Crammed full of goblins, magic and sword fights, I was gripped from start to finish. The characters are wonderfully imagined (I particularly loved Izal and Zach) and the plot is simple enough to be followed by children, but involved enough to entertain adults as well. Another great piece of work by Rocky Rochford!

View all my reviews