Hysterion

Surrealist Love Poems

Poetry - Love/Romance
42 Pages
Reviewed on 06/02/2024
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Author Biography

Hysterion is the author's first work of poetry in book form. It plays the surrealist game of using words and phrases from a historic newspaper, The Daily Astorian, to make poems on various topics related to love. After Hysterion he wrote the Zombie Chronicles, a poetic ramble through the zombie apocalypse of 1876. His latest work is The Diary of Madame Rentz, about a French courtesan in the American Northwest.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Luwi Nyakansaila for Readers' Favorite

Hysterion by Stephen Kagarise is a thought-provoking poetry collection that delves into various themes and emotions, drawing inspiration from historical news articles and phrases. The poems touch on various topics, including social issues, politics, war, and human nature, weaving together a poignant and introspective narrative. The works also explore themes of love, desire, and relationships, focusing on lust, betrayal, and flirtation. The author dissects people's inner thoughts and desires using different stories and characters with complex personalities. You will meet single men seeking brides to alleviate their loneliness, Elonora, a remarkable woman, and many more characters. The book also covers tales about war and violence, music, and social taboos.

Hysterion is a captivating collection of poetry that masterfully explores the intricacies of human existence. Stephen Kagarise's innovative approach to structuring his poems like news reports about a community's scandals is a stroke of genius, allowing readers to peer into the daily dramas of ordinary people. His poems also skillfully highlight the paradox of our existence, where we simultaneously navigate life and death, making for a thought-provoking and deeply relatable read. This world has many uncertainties, yet we are still thriving and hoping for a better tomorrow. This book is well-structured and organized, with a consistent format that makes the work look neat and easy to read and follow. This collection offers a refreshing and innovative perspective on the world, love, and society, encouraging readers to think critically. The unique experiences shared within its pages will resonate with anyone who appreciates thought-provoking poetry.