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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
Codex: Codex Special Edition by World Codex Staff is a short book that brings to the modern day a fragment of history that many have heard of, but not many know of: the first and last publication that was dubbed Planet Poetry. A poetry contest was held on board the Titanic and the winner was to receive $100. It includes poems written by passengers on board the ship before it struck an iceberg and sank. They vary in length and in subject, from Moby Dick to daydreams and lying. Most of them are rhyming. Also included are poems said to be written by prominent figures of that time, and some written by even greater figures, such as Edgar Allan Poe, and one anonymous that reads very much like William Shakespeare. Also comprised within is the account of what one of the survivors experienced.
As soon as I finished reading this, I must admit I felt a little bit like Indiana Jones discovering some wonderful priceless gem. There was adrenaline rushing through my body, and also moments while reading that chilled me to my bones. I have never read any accounts of what the survivors experienced while on board and it made me feel somehow more connected and understanding of what it was that these people were enduring. Codex: Codex Special Edition brings to our eyes moments in time that otherwise may not have seen the light of day. The poems within this collection are transporting. And while the public at the time felt that the editor in charge of Planet Poetry was trying to capitalize on the tragedy for personal gain, I’d like to think that wasn’t the case at all. If you love poetry, history, and feeling like Indiana Jones, read this book now.