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Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
Christine E. Ray's Composition of a Woman is a compelling collection of poetry that focuses on a stimulating subject: woman. Composed of five chapters titled Nerve, Brain, Breast, Rib and Blood, this collection is stirringly sincere. Nerve is playful and humorous; 'the transformation/was so slow/so gradual/that I was unaware/that bones had turned glass/' from the poem The Lost Key. In stark contrast, it is followed by the fittingly melancholic and despondent poems of the section on Brain. And as we sadly view the broken pieces of a woman around us, the tactile and sensuous poems in Breast slowly start by stirring our hearts and reminding us of that woozy and wobbly feeling of being truly in love. Nostalgic and lonesome, the Rib poems are both painful and beautiful while the poems in the final chapter called Blood try to unify the kindred spirits with an enigmatic smile.
Composition of a Woman by Christine E. Ray is a book of poetry and prose written by a woman about women. Christine Ray certainly has something to say and she's saying it in a voice that is unique, humorous and provocative, also poignant. It is an extraordinary voice that describes, dissects and debates the quintessence of being a woman, that beautiful creature that can be vulnerable or powerful, but always beautiful. And while we go on a fascinating journey in a woman's mind, body, and soul through these poems, the experience is thought provoking and fascinating, like every woman should be!