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Reviewed by Rich Follett for Readers' Favorite
Each poem in Stephen LaMarco’s collection Dream No More seems to have been laser-cut into the page on which it appears – so precise and perfectly chosen are his words that each of his insightful (and often acerbic) expositions of the ironies of human nature buzzes with harmonic overtones as much as a musical composition would. LaMarco’s poetic snapshots are succinct and precise, offering blink-and-you’ll-miss-them insights that continue to reveal their truths in waves long after the reading is finished. This poetry collection consistently delivers the rare kind of finely tuned free verse that speaks volumes with the barest minimum word count. From Ambivalence: "… I fear I do not want/what I want." LaMarco’s style is simple, elegant, disarmingly and charmingly honest, at times brutal, and always captivating; as a result, Dream No More is a collection that lovers of poetry will return to many times, finding new layers of ironic truth with each reading.
The imagery in Stephen LaMarco’s Dream No More: A Poetry Collection is as original and provocative as his marvelously spare verse. From Joy: "Living here/has taught me/the magnificence/of grey." Many of LaMarco’s poems in Dream No More appear on the page as brief statements or musings, seemingly telegraphic and also challenging to quote without divulging them in their entirety, and yet the ironies they expose and the truths with which they indict are both profound and epic in their scope. Dream No More is a masterful collection that could only have been crafted by a wordsmith with the eyes and the heart of a true poet.