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Reviewed by Samantha Dewitt (Rivera) for Readers' Favorite
Pain, loss, suffering, depression, these are all things that, to some extent, each of us experience and can relate to. At some point in time or another, we’ve each gone through those times but when you’re dealing with PTSD, the trauma can be truly overwhelming. Each moment in time can feel like a burden to get through, and as you delve into each of these poems, you will feel that pain and anguish for yourself. As you read A Personal Note: The PTSD Talks by Vincent Enrico Magnani, you’ll feel drawn into his world and just what it could mean for your own future.
Poetry always forces you to look at yourself and the world around you in new ways, but A Personal Note by Vincent Enrico Magnani really draws you out of your comfort zone. You’ll see the world through his eyes and through the pain and suffering that PTSD can cause. But you’ll also see glimmers of hope and foresight that shine through. These poems draw on current and somewhat historical cultural references and cover a range of different situations, thoughts, and experiences. There are different types of poetry here, poems of different lengths and messages, and so much more, but each one will make you think. I had to take a moment with several of the poems to read them again and really let them sink in, and I think that’s something that everyone will experience. Some will resonate with you even more than the rest. For me, it was one about being ‘right’ and how it causes you even more trauma and suffering. But you’ll find one (or more) that is just as strong for you, which is why this is definitely a collection you’ll want to read.