Just Words

At the Heart is Poetic Justice

Poetry - General
90 Pages
Reviewed on 02/04/2015
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Reviewed by Rich Follett for Readers' Favorite

In seventy-five poems of six lines each, Michael Araza has crafted a transcendental garden of verses dedicated to peace and those who fight to achieve it, both without and within. None of the poems in Just Words: At the Heart is Poetic Justice is particularly challenging; rather, each is a jewel waiting to be admired at face value - these are poems completely without pretense. Spending a pleasant hour lost among their gentle affirmations feels like a vacation.

These heartfelt visions ripple like the waters of a cool stream, engendering a sense of balance, peace, and tranquility. From “Questions Meet Justice”: I am glad I dream/Visions set me free/I respect justice/That is how I know me. Araza speaks often of knowing himself and remembering himself, the result being a sense that the truths contained in the poems are leading both the poet and the reader back to a balance they have always possessed. There is a transcendent, Taoist essence to Araza’s poetic voice. This is a volume that readers will want to turn to again and again, both for affirmation and comfort.

Just Words: At the Heart is Poetic Justice by Michael Araza is a timely and powerful creative visualization of a world at peace. If the truths it holds could become reality, humankind would experience a collective spirit of kindness and tolerance that would uplift and inspire many generations to come. Araza’s vision is simple, sincere, and offered in the kindest spirit imaginable. Just Words: At the Heart is Poetic Justice is a refreshing departure from the negativity and enmity that often dominate our troubled modern world.