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Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite
No literary genre can reach the heart of a reader with the same intensity as poetry, and if the poet is as inspired as Dan Burns, the result is outstanding. Already an established writer, Burns presents A Necessary Explosion, his first poetic collection, which originated from his need to write down the thoughts that crowd his mind. Gathering poems written over a span of 15 years, A Necessary Explosion is a must-read for anyone who looks for long and short poems that deal with a variety of themes such as love, music, and life. The result is one of the finest collections that lovers of poetry can find.
A Necessary Explosion is one of those poetic collections that speaks directly to the reader's heart. I felt as if the poet was talking to me as I read many of the poems. At times, I even thought that I, too, had thoughts similar to those expressed by Burns through his words. I liked how he managed to create impressive poems from common episodes of everyday life, thus transfiguring the reality we all know. I also enjoyed the longer poems, especially for their stories and the themes they develop. As a first poem collection, A Necessary Explosion made a more than positive impression on me, and I admit I had a very good time reading it. I hope I will read more of Burns' poems in the future, and in the meanwhile, I recommend this collection to every lover of poetry.