Title: Beautifully Imperfect, Flawlessly Incomplete (review copy)
Author: Fiza Meeraj
Blurb from Goodreads
The poetry in this book is raw and riveting, and does not allow the reader off the metaphorical hook for responsibility to create a better world – not even for a moment.
Despite this, or perhaps because of it, the poems themselves ring with a kind of beauty and imagery that is wonderful to behold, intriguing, complex and rich.
I was drawn to the title of this poetry collection, Beautifully Imperfect, Flawlessly Incomplete… those words conjure up the essence of what it means to be human in my mind. I imagined these poems to be about the struggles to know who you truly are in this world, and to be somewhat of a journey for the poet on the path that will bring them at best contentment, but most likely just a glimmer of knowing their true sense of self…
Sadly I didn’t find what I was looking for in this collection. While I greatly appreciate the themes covered by the poems, overall the prose was lacking for me. The poetry felt very much like private journal or blog entries rather than a collection of poetry for publication. The writing at times felt juvenile and awkward in style with the poet flitting between rhythms and topics but never finding that natural flow in my opinion.
I do wonder if this collection of poems would be better served by being performed by the poet rather than read. I think there is a magic in performance led poetry that would help this poet truly discover her poetic style.
My favourite poem in this collection happened to be the final poem entitled Coffee. Although this poem still had issues of rhythm in my opinion I found that there were intriguing layers of meaning and emotion hidden in the stanzas. This final poem is what gives me great encouragement for the poet’s future as it was a tantalising glimpse of where their talent could lead them.
*An e-copy was kindly provided to me by the poet for honest review*