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Reviewed by Dr. Karen Hutchins Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
If you like your poetry halfway between reality and the twilight zone of lethargic sleep, this is the book for you. In "A Song Beneath Silence", auth Apryl Skies takes the reader through lyrical moments in which love is always complicated and beauty is held in glass. She takes the reader through the obscure parts of life in which paradoxes must be endured and people must release themselves to what is rather than what they wish life to be. There is a section on the mythical where birds are taught to sing and the subtle hues of colors are related to moods and human environmental experiences. Lastly, the author explores the Gothica where we all move through, whether we like it or not. In Gothica, there is hunger and thirst, lust and sin, and invitations to death itself.
Some of the simplest poems tend to break through the resistant heart. When loving someone, you must love them "halo to horn." Souls can "shatter like glass" when faced with truth and reality. Perhaps one of the most poignant of all the poems is the one called "Chaos" in which dragons land on petals as bombs simultaneously explode. It is the juxtaposition of human emotion with human behavior that captivates the reader and forces an exploration between the worlds of fantasy and reality. Ms. Skies' ability to breech this "no man's land" is a credit to her lyrical and poetic expressions. She unmasks us in all our promises and our failures and leaves us to make of the world what we will.