Melting Faces in a Cracked Mirror

Written Works by E.D. Small

Poetry - General
154 Pages
Reviewed on 12/28/2021
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Author Biography

E.D. Small is an American poet with a passion for writing. His first poetry collection Melting Faces in Cracked Mirror, debuted at #1 in New Releases for both African Literature and Death, Loss & Grief Poetry. This book has peaked at #13 for Bestsellers in Literary Speeches. Since publication on February 28, 2021, Melting Faces in a Cracked Mirror has been added to four libraries: Deland Public Library, Deltona Regional Library, Hope Regional Library (Daytona Beach, Florida), and The Little Free Library of Lake Helen in Florida. The success of this project has led to the author being featured in a three-part article in the West Volusia Beacon newspaper.

E.D. Small was born and raised in the city of Deland, located in Central Florida. He attended Savannah State University. He is a husband to his loving wife and a father to three adorable children. He can be found @author.ed.small on all social media platforms. Please feel free to contact him via email author.ed.small@gmail.com.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite

Melting Faces in a Cracked Mirror by E.D. Small is a collection of thought-provoking and action-provoking poetry like no other book out there today. Filled with images that are expressly unique and drawings throughout that create a complete atmosphere of ultimate feeling, E.D. Small’s Melting Faces in a Cracked Mirror smacks the reader in a “wake-up” to the world around you type of way. A wake-up call that can’t be shrugged off or ignored.

E.D. Small’s Melting Faces in a Cracked Mirror has poetry that morphs from one image to another, and at times you can feel the soul beating in the poet’s heart. You can see his life’s blood inked upon the screen and pages. It’s a tapestry stitched together of suffering, sadness, with beautiful threads of love intermingled. A man’s moments. One of my favorite moments appears on pages 66-67 titled “at the end of every rainbow (uncle art & I).” Without giving anything away, it’s a true poem that just pulls at everything that a person is made of. It’s a memory of such ultimate guidance that a reader can only hope they stumble across it within their own life. And I don’t imagine that there are many who have such a day in their memory banks. E.D. Small gives you pieces of his life as well as others who were taken too soon. His words create such a world to step through. On page 87 in “like a quiet storm brewing,” he describes the voice of Barry White “like a mug of steamy whipped chai tea and late-night radio.” All the senses swim in his words.

Tammy Ruggles

Melting Faces in a Cracked Mirror by E.D. Small is a moving and powerful collection of poetry with heart and rhythm. The poems are about living the life we are handed, making the most of it, and observing life in others. You'll find prose, poetry, ballads, and snippets, definitely for the dark horse in mind, but for one and all to enjoy. You may or may not connect with the pieces that touch on racism, strife, and the state of the world in the last couple of years or so. Small holds a mirror up for us all to gaze in, but the mirror has cracks, and we may not see ourselves clearly--some faces are distorted. He raises questions in the poems--can we change? Can we acknowledge? Can we have compassion for others even though we may not have walked in the same shoes? Life is short, so what can we do now? Why are we waiting?

This is a poetry book for and about today's America. It's hard to pick a favorite poem in this volume because each has something important to say, but mine would have to be "I know a place where the dead don't die". His rhyming style is amazing, and his phrasing is genuine talent. Small has a real gift for expressing ideas and emotions in a creative way. These are poems that will make you think, reason, hurt, admire, regret, and more. Treasure them, because they are packed with art and wisdom. One small poem can say more than the thickest book. Small writes about everyday people in events both common and uncommon. His words are full of life, color, pain, and joys, and will enliven you as you read. There are images interspersed throughout the text too. If you are looking for evocative poetry that speaks to and for today's people and situations, Melting Faces in a Cracked Mirror by E.D. Small should be at the top of your reading list.