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Reviewed by Robin Goodfellow for Readers' Favorite
Kleenex Theory by Emeniano Somoza is a book of poetry dedicated to the minute details of life and showcasing their beauty, however small they may be. Like a Kleenex tissue fluttering in the wind, the poems are organized in a way that’s unpredictable, turbulent and, at times, even messy. Even so, each poem has a deep, philosophical message hidden within whimsical phrases and seemingly distracting words. From comparing people chasing their hopeless dreams to a conveyor belt, to the simple fact that poetry knows no limits, the poems are absolutely as stunning as they are fascinating. Somoza shows just how meaningful life can be if you are patient and look at the words from another perspective.
At first, I was a bit put off by the book. There was no title page, neither was there much of an introduction. The book was rather abrupt in almost shoving its poetry in my face. But despite this, I was eventually won over, both by Somoza’s words and by their meanings. One of my favorite poems is “Certain Laws of Physics” where, while gravity is a very real thing, you can’t help but wonder if you can actually prevent someone from slipping away. Like its other counterparts, the poetry in this collection helps shed a more humanistic light on the world around us, as well as gently nudging us to remember the magical sort of thinking we had when we were little. It’s enchanting, to say the least. As such, I would recommend this book to fans of Catching a Dream by J.R. McRae, and Written Constellations by Hanzel Writes.