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Reviewed by Tania Staley for Readers' Favorite
Magda Karavageli’s debut poetry collection A Tomorrow Full of Yesterday is stunning and moving. Karavageli’s poems are wonderfully approachable, so that even the most inexperienced poetry readers will be able to enjoy and gain something from her words. She dismisses with heavy-handed words to get to the root of her emotions, yet manages to convey awe-inspiring beauty as well. Her poetry taps into several themes including, but not limited to, love, beauty, loneliness, and loss. She blends these conflicting ideas and emotions in surprising ways. There is darkness amidst splendor and hope amidst despair, and Karavageli hooks readers from the very first line. Take for instance the opening line of “Stepping on Waters“ which states “We run across the universe, with battered legs,” or, her poem “Be Yourself” which cleverly begins “’Be yourself, be unique.’/ say the blurred faces in my crowded life.”
This is an enjoyable poetry collection for both casual readers of poetry and for seasoned poets as well. For a debut collection, there is a blatant honesty and depth of wonder about the world that is to be admired. In future collections, I hope to see Karavageli push her poems’ boundaries even further through her word choice and choices of form. One of my favorite poems in the book was “I Miss” simply because of the way it looked on the page. It is refreshing to see a poet willing to break the mold and play with form. I thoroughly enjoyed this collection, and I would recommend it to fellow poetry readers. I hope to read more from Magda Karavageli.