Dream No More

A Poetry Collection

Poetry - General
80 Pages
Reviewed on 07/19/2023
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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.

Melinda Facal

Dream No More: A Poetry Collection by Stephen LaMarco is an expansive, honest, and original book of poems. This thought-provoking volume covers many diverse themes, from passionate love and desolate heartbreak to the ongoing search for authenticity and purpose. LaMarco captures significant as well as everyday moments in life with insight, wry humor, and strength. At times the poems convey boldness and courage, while others highlight sensitivity and need. The poems are presented in a concise and spare manner and offer meditations on everything from faith to keen observations on the struggles and challenges of trying to live a meaningful life. Many of the poems in this captivating book read like hard-won wisdom that is genuine and true and at the same time highlights the complexities, ironies, and contradictions of life.

Stephen LaMarco’s Dream No More: A Poetry Collection is provocative and at the same time tender. Readers will relate to the universal experiences of longing, doubt, love, and hope depicted in these engaging poems. Some of my favorites from this collection include “Afterlife,” “Devotion,” and “Theophany.” Each of these poems brilliantly conveys the depth, wonder, and timelessness of a loving relationship. "Genesis” is a standout poem for me that is a memorable and profound statement on the capacity of beauty to heal and transform. I also really enjoyed the confidence and feistiness found in “Sermon.” This is a dynamic collection of poetry that will inspire readers to think, cry, and laugh while considering these insightful poems. This is a highly recommended read.