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Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite
Allegories: A Thirst for Connection by Brenda Lee Ranta is a collection of poems and verses about the guiding principles of life, and the two states of “being” that either hold people together or fragment them: a disconnection from people and a genuine connection with people. Allegories is written in a sensitive, introspective style and there is a clear distinction made between these two states. Basically, the book explores the essence of human existence and the fact that connections with other people and creatures around us sustain life and form the driving force in our existence. The first half of the book contains poems and prose about feelings of disconnection: these could come from feeling isolated or shunned, and the pain, guilt, shame, and suffering that go with it. The second half of the book talks about connections with others and is all about feeling accepted, loved, and having a sense of belonging within the human race.
I thought the collection of poems in Allegories: A Thirst for Connection by Brenda Lee Ranta are, overall, thought-provoking and interesting. Feeling accepted, cared for, and a part of something bigger than ourselves is indeed the cornerstone of existence, and Brenda puts this point across beautifully. On the other hand, feeling disconnected is more and more a modern day phenomenon and hopefully this book will lead to more awareness and people being more compassionate and generous toward fellow creatures that are silently suffering in pain and anguish. I am very glad that Brenda picked this subject matter of human emptiness and a sense of loss of belonging that is pervading the modern world. Highlighting this through books such as these will hopefully move us a step closer towards a more compassionate and peaceful world.