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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.