Behind Her City Eyes

Poetry - Love/Romance
112 Pages
Reviewed on 11/06/2023
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Reviewed by Christine Nguyen for Readers' Favorite

Sarah Erin's Behind Her City Eyes is a heartfelt love letter to the woman she is profoundly in love with. The poems are LGBTQ+ inspired and convey her love for New York City. In addition to learning about the subject of the author's unfulfilled and unrequited love, readers are also introduced to New York City's historical sites and enchanting features. We are swept up on a romantic rollercoaster ride through the East Side, the Hamptons, Ellis Island, Rockefeller Center, Times Square, the Empire State Building, Long Island, Central Park, the subway, and much more. Every poem features New York City as the backdrop and every poem centers on love.

The poetry by Sarah Erin is exquisitely composed and delicately conveyed. Beyond her outward physical appearance, readers are able to sense the depth of Erin's feelings and love for the woman she adores and greatly admires. I was touched by Erin’s romantic details of all the wonderful traits she appreciates in the woman she loves and all the little details she wanted to ask her beloved that every woman secretly wishes someone would ask her. I especially loved that each poem’s aim was for her beloved to reach unconditional love of self while feeling fully appreciated and cherished. I also enjoyed the last poem titled When A Poet Loves You as every woman secretly desires to be immortalized in not only one poem but a whole book. Erin successfully delivers a series of poems that make every reader wish they were the special woman written about in Behind Her City Eyes.

Pikasho Deka

Behind Her City Eyes by Sarah Erin is a collection of contemporary romance poems told through the perspective of an LGBTQ+ narrator in love with a beautiful woman. In "Addressed to Her Mother," the narrator shares her innermost feelings and expectations toward her lover's mother. "New York Accents" focuses on how one can recognize someone they love even amid the chaotic amalgamation of humanity that is New York. "Summer in the Hamptons" is a blissful remembrance of time spent with one's lover in the Hamptons. "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall" is a contemplative poem about how superficial aspects can overwhelm one's character and leave them as a shell of their former shelf. "Photographs and Phone Calls" is a nostalgia-driven poem in which the narrator revisits her past experiences with the woman she loves.

Although primarily penned as LGBTQ+ poems, Behind Her City Eyes is a collection all contemporary romance poetry enthusiasts will appreciate. Unrequited love, yearning, and hope flavor the stanzas of Sarah Erin's poems, touching upon universal themes that will appeal to anyone who has ever been in love. Set against the backdrop of New York City, Erin seamlessly captures the colorful essence of the city through her verses. She experiments with the structural organization and uses non-rhyming verses to deliver lyrical magic with panache. Erin's unique poetic flair exudes the powerful emotions related to unrequited love, and it's explored brilliantly in this collection. There are some post-modern elements infused in the poems that add layers to the collection. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed it and think romance lovers will feel the same!

Bryone Peters

Behind Her City Eyes: Poems by Sarah Erin is a compilation of poems about a complicated but loving relationship. No emotion releases a plethora of emotions the way love does. Sarah Erin succinctly captures all these in beautiful waves as soft or as rampant as the waves of life. It is for readers who understand and can become engrossed in highly emotive prose. There are twenty-one beautifully crafted poems. Erin provides a sweet roadmap that acts as the contents page. Erin takes the reader on a journey starting from face painting with makeup and the implications of it. Erin communicates the power of conversations over the telephone and the meaning of sincere communication. Overall, the poems show the pain and conflict attributed to being in love.

Erin is a skilled writer and poet. She demonstrates her skills in these well-written poems. Some are sad and reminiscent and show a deep longing. Others show boiling-over-hot anger and frustration. The pattern is beautiful. Each verse has a playful, energetic, and vibrant structure. The layout makes the poems immensely entertaining. Through the variations in intelligent and well-thought-through sentences and line layout, Erin expresses a plethora of poignant thoughts. I thoroughly enjoyed this intricate and unique poetry. My favorite poems were Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, and To the Woman from Long Island. The former poem embodies the spirit and yearning that resonates throughout the book. I would recommend it to any romantic-hearted and drama-loving reader. Behind Her City Eyes by Sarah Erin is beautiful beyond words.