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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Melancholy’s Autograph is a journey into heartfelt prose and poetry, written by Sarah Lamar King. Each poem relates to different emotional aspects of a person’s life, ranging from the natural to the bizarre, from life to death and, in some instances, beyond. Each verse, on the surface, is just words on a page, but when you let them penetrate your skin, reaching deep inside your soul, you will start to feel emotions you never thought possible just moments ago.
The desire to read through until the very last page is stronger than any force field I have ever encountered. Sarah Lamar King’s ability to fluently and fully express herself is, to me, mind boggling. These are not words of one’s mouth, but rather of feelings, sights, sounds, experiences and more. I felt emotions stir within me which drew a smile, a grin, shock... and even tears. The combination of rhyming and non-rhyming poems keeps the brain alive, as it is tossed back and forwards from life to death, from now to then, and from powerful memories to memories which are no more. Some verses touch on the taboo – subjects of suicidal ideologies with powerful emotions thrown behind every single word.
My favorite poem, titled "I’m Still Here,” took me to a journey in my past, when I could be still here. As I read that particular poem, I visualized myself standing on a rooftop, screaming it to my abusive ex, showing him that he did not break me. Prior to reading Melancholy’s Autograph, I braced myself for a world of verse which touches on nonsensical fun, but instead, I came out on the other side with a feeling of completeness, glad that I decided to take the journey. I applaud Sarah Lamar King’s incredible writing talent, look forward to reading more of her work in the future, and recommend Melancholy’s Autograph to readers over 15 years who are not afraid to take the emotional journey of a lifetime.