Versions of the Self

25549092SYNOPSIS: Imagine a shift to the way you see the world that arises through poetic narration.

Imagine the world, at its base level, is a collection of selves. These selves collide, disperse, intermingle, and share themselves in lines of free verse. Such is the premise of Versions of the Self, poetry that assumes multiple types of selves exist and relate in ways that alter them. Each of the eight chapters looks at a different type of self, including the singular “I” and romantic interactions. These unique 80 poems definitely color themselves outside of the lines.

REVIEW: What I love the most about this work is how, Christy draws you into her own universe of self. She starts out with a discovery of internal self-realisation in Serenade and other poems, and as she concludes her discovery we are invited to join her excitedly as she shares her joys to the point that we are even teased into sharing secrets!

We see how the self adjusts to the workings of exploring a relationship and are then thrown into the world of other relationships as we are introduced to him, and her. Almost as in the observation of other relationships.

Then there is the self becoming involved with convictions, such as a stand for women and equality before being given a sense of further self exploration… Such as one’s measure of beauty, but in a somewhat collective manner as in when we reflect, wonder and find contentment with how far we’ve come.

No doubt others will come away with their own interpretations… But that is the beauty of good poetry, is it not?

This is a fabulous work of poetry, definitely a five-star work for me.


About Kev

Kev is an Author & Songwriter. After years of studying, and even more years working in education, and management in the US, he returned to his hometown in England where he finally settled down to focus on his writing and music. Links to his works can be found in the widget bar, and more information about them can be found on his pages above. He would greatly appreciate it if you would check them out. Kev has a M.Ed in Secondary Education with English as his main subject area. He also did post-graduate studies in Christian Counselling and Psychopathology after obtaining a BA in Psychology with a minor in Classical Greek.

16 comments on “Versions of the Self

  1. Reblogged this on Art by Rob Goldstein and commented:
    A review of Christy Birmingham’s new book of poetry…

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  2. What a wonderful review for Christy’s book. Congrats, Christy.

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  3. Congratulations on a wonderful review, Christy! Great poetry indeed!

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  4. Great spotlight on Christy´s book… A deep and well penned review, dear Kev… sending love for your weekend ! Aquileana 😉

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  5. Reblogged this on Poetic Parfait and commented:
    Here is the latest review for my second book Versions of the Self. Thank you to Kevin of Raves & Reviews for the 5-star review! In particular, I like that he writes in his post, “We are invited to join her excitedly as she shares her joys…” And joy is exactly what this review has brought me ♥

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  6. Oh Kev, thank you so much for the review here! How it makes my heart happy.

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  7. I like Christy’s poetry very much and enjoyed your review. Thank-you very much for visiting my blog and for the follow.

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  8. Great review, Kev. The book sounds wonderful. I love the cover too.

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    • It’s a great cover that depicts the artist painting versions of the self through the medium of colours… Quite a genius approach… Love it! 😊

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