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Reviewed by Cassie Widjaja for Readers' Favorite
Midnight Light by Michael Pace and Brian Paglinco is a hauntingly beautiful poetry book about love, death, and redemption. This book is also written as tangible proof of the almost 30-year friendship between the authors. Each poem is accompanied by an artistic photo of a final resting place. This book highlights the difference in perspectives as what some may call dark or unnerving is beautiful and inspirational to others. For Halloween and the Day of the Dead, these 23 poems are a must-read.
When I first read Midnight Light, I was blown away by the perfect blend of beautifully composed photography and thought-provoking writing, and I finished the book in one sitting. Though each poem told its respective story, the book still came together as a comprehensive whole. Michael Pace and Brian Paglinco's storytelling pulled me in like a moth drawn to a flame. They did a splendid job describing the scenes, and I could picture these clearly in my head. Not only that, but they also conveyed each emotion perfectly. I also loved how they used simple and easily understandable vocabulary that still had hidden meanings. My favorite chapter had to be 'Siren Song' as I believe everyone has to be reminded that not all romances have a happy ending. When we try to please our partners to the extreme, we are hurting ourselves. For anyone looking for an aesthetic book to look at and still have important lessons to ponder upon, this book is for you!