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Reviewed by Maria Victoria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
Apparitions: Poetry and Photography from the NEK and Beyond is a captivating literary and visual art collection by P V Major Bontron. The poems and photos featured in the book celebrate life and its inherent beauty and reveal the challenges of the northern hills of Vermont. A native of the Northeast Kingdom (NEK), the author invites readers to go on an intimate journey through the ethereal landscapes of the region accompanied by evocative poems. The poems are in free verse with a rhythm and an inner rhyme that make them pleasing to read. In Summer Nights, an apparition is created where the ethereal and the tangible intersect: "Dry limbs are gathered/and ignited to illuminate/and warm the soul/to bless this rite/of summer evenings." Some poems like Chanson de Raymond explore the French-Canadian influence that has significantly contributed to the cultural fabric of the place.
P V Major Bontron’s Apparitions explores the intricate connections between nature, humanity, and the unseen forces that shape our world. It is a mesmerizing collection that beautifully intertwines poetry and photography to give readers a unique and profound reading experience. I like how the verses capture the essence of life's complexities, glimpse into moments of love and struggle, and reveal the author’s reflection. The beautiful photographs further enhance the emotional impact of the poems. Bontron effectively captures the essence of the northern hills of Vermont, emphasizing its inherent beauty and the difficulties of existence. Through vivid descriptions and evocative imagery, Apparitions showcases the author's talent and encourages readers to immerse themselves in the ethereal beauty around us.