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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
Elizabeth Diane Daniel’s poetry collection, Diary of a Poet, is full of so much sad beauty. Short and to the point, the poems say more than any two-page or page-long poem could possibly ever say. We are given a small window into the struggles of poverty, the heartaches that come when people crush our souls, and other difficulties in general. However, there are other poems that contain a potent capability, great love and memories that she is able to cherish like the true gold that they are. There are a few poems that rhyme and also an assortment of free verse. The diverse forms create a kind of fusion that is hard to deny; it is without doubt powerful poetry that will affect the reader by way of the author's all-consuming technique.
I was affected personally by many of the poems presented in this collection, but three specific poems stood out for me, all for different reasons. In no particular order, Shuffle, A Poet's Legacy, and the one that hit me square in the chest, Does She, which may or may not involve a love triangle of sorts, at least that is my interpretation of what I read. Anyone who picks up this collection will be very glad that they did. It is raw, and at times hard to read, because as most Americans we have grown a bit too comfortable in our lives, so that to see or read about anything less than what we have proves difficult for us to handle. You will not be disappointed; you will grow as a human being by reading this eye-opening journey.