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A Blue Period is a collection of blue-themed poems by Kollin Kennedy inspired by Picasso's Blue Period, a time when he only painted monochromatic paintings in shades of blue and blue-green. The poems delve into emotions related to feeling blue, such as sadness, depression, despair, and mourning. They reference mythological gods and goddesses and narrate stories about blue skies, oceans, lonely nights, and battles fought in different shades of blue. The collection includes various characters, such as a guitarist playing blues alone in a town square, a person feeling blue at a sushi restaurant, and the story of Jonah in the whale's belly from the perspective of the whale in the vast ocean. Additionally, the poems explore life and death, the purpose of our existence, and God's creation. To enjoy all these poems and more, I recommend reading this book to appreciate a well-crafted work.
A Blue Period is a thought-provoking collection of poems that will encourage you to delve deep into your innermost emotions and reflect on them. Kollin Kennedy vividly paints pictures with his words, transporting readers to various locations and making them walk in other people's shoes. His description of a dying rose that returns to Earth is mesmerizing and unique, allowing readers to view life from its perspective. The book is well-organized and thought-out because, unlike other poetry books that have random poems with many themes, the author has stuck to one common theme and explored its different facets. This approach enables the reader to have a deeper understanding and appreciation of what it means to be blue, resulting in a more impactful and enjoyable reading experience. Most of the poems center around feelings of loneliness and sadness, which are familiar emotions that many people can relate to. If you enjoy reading poems that touch your heart and make you feel emotion, then this is the book for you.