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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Icicles: Chilling Poems & Photos by William P. Robertson is a collection of poems published between 1980 and 2002, poems that capture the graphic side of existence and leave goosebumps on one's skin, and he does this with forensic clarity and stunning imagery. From the first page, the poet says: “I write horror poetry not to glorify evil but to expose it!” and what follows is something that immerses the reader deep into the darkest part of the human soul.
There is a chill that rubs off on the reader, a rhythm that measures with the reader’s heartbeat, and a lyricism that sings in the reader's ears. Here is one of the stanzas in “What Do You Do” that captures the workings of a psychotic mind:
“What do you do when it starts to take over
And robs you of reason the few times you’re sober?
What do you fight this congenital disease
That comes from the roots of two warped family trees?”
This stanza is just an illustration of what the reader will find in this rare collection. Exciting, moving, and sometimes unsettling images are sprinkled throughout the book. This collection showcases the author’s gift for diction, words, and an evocative style of writing that combines rhythm with wit to offer a satisfying reading experience to poetry fans.
At times it will feel like one is navigating the mind of a serial killer. Sometimes the reader will meet with graphic images that remind them of the vulnerability of life; at times the pictures convey the idea. William P. Robertson’s Icicles: Chilling Poems & Photos is deftly composed and there is a steady confidence felt in the lines. Although these poems are classified as horror poems, readers will find the wit and the insights very appealing. This author knows how to make readers feel the reality they dread. It’s a lofty thing of rare beauty.