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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
With chapter headers like Squall, Monsoon, Zephyr, and Exhalation, you know that the emotions depicted within them are going to take your breath away. In Abandoned Breaths: Poetry, Quotes, and Poetic Prose (First Edition) by Alfa, the author exposes some of her most profound, painful and rawest work to excise negativity and embrace self-healing. As you read the quotes, prose and poetry pieces, you too will experience changes that will help to create a new you. Words in written form can heal and if you are feeling bruised, misused or seeking to overcome any elements of emotional highs or lows, you are not alone. This book has something for everyone, no matter where your journey may lead you. Like a cat licking its paws for connection within and comfort for itself, you will be able to feel the oneness with Alfa’s work and not only feel but experience several layers of self-discovery.
I have read many works of poetry throughout the years and I must say that this collection is amongst my top five favorites. My attention was grasped, engaged and settled as I read some of Alfa’s work, from ‘It Was A Gift,’ ‘Artist,’ ‘Conquest,’ ‘Mask,’ ‘Miniscule’ and ‘Leaving’ to ‘Crawling.’ Look at how Alfa holds you captive: “He was a window shopper,.....but my heart was tired of being peeked at. It didn’t want to be the reason for buyer’s regret, it wanted to be the reason. All his reasons.” (Window Shopping). Depending upon which chapter you begin with will determine which parts of your emotions will be touched. When life happens, don’t stop breathing; force out the negative emotions, circulate your thoughts, embrace the soft touch that the universe gives you, and release it all to God because only He can provide you with the serenity, comfort, and answers that you need.