A New City

Poetry - General
70 Pages
Reviewed on 02/12/2016
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Author Biography

Throughout high school I kept a notebook - bullets of inspiration or word phrases that sparked an image or small movie in my mind; an act inspired by my favorite rock star Jim Morrison. I never thought I'd share my work especially in a binded and published book. However, after graduating from college I had a surgery that left me unable to work let alone move. What a great time to write. I saw a posting online for a publishing contest and decided, "what the hell, I can write a manuscript". I went through that notebook which makes up half of A New City and in two months time wrote the remainder of what I feel is poetry of not one theme but a blend of personal and universal thought that I am very grateful to share.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Samantha Gregory for Readers' Favorite

A New City by Hannah Allen is a collection of poetry that features a mixture of nouns that the author has found interesting to describe situations, cities, love and more.

I enjoyed Exiled:
Tumbleweeds in a cobblestone garden,
Adam’s Eve, autumn leaves,
Our tragic hero has fallen,The Madonna of the unloved.

The garden is not your home!
Marble saint of the desert,
Walk with sun blistered feet,
Westward into cool night

I also enjoyed the poem Stages:
Youth is ember,
Day is gold,
Night is cool,
Old age is warm
By a bustling fire
Telling stories.

But my favorite poem would have to be Pick and Choose as it really struck a chord with me.
Pick a quote to lift you up today,
Choose another one tomorrow to suite your mood.
Pick a belief to believe in,
Choose a religion to live by.
Pick a dream to pursue,
Choose your purpose.
Pick a pack to belong to,
Choose your friends.
Pick a flag to show pride in,
Choose a symbol.
Pick your heroes,
Choose idols to hang on your walls,
Pick a life you want,
Choose a death worth dying for.

I really like the message in this. We pick our own lives and how we live them.

The poems are very imaginative and paint a vivid picture of what the author was feeling when it was written. Hannah Allen has a great imagination and I enjoyed A New City. It was full of color and variety. I think it will do very well on the market. A lot of poetry is quite bland by comparison and if I were to choose a book of poetry, I feel I would pick this one over others.