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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Misfits, Mystics, Love & Life is an emotive collection of poetry for all ages, penned by author Raminder Bajwa. The collection is intended to provide a glorious escape to its readers through the intensity of human feeling and emotion, sweeping them away to another sensation altogether. Centered on the most powerful themes of love, pain, identity, nationality and sometimes the power of shame, the collection is written in a variety of verse and rhyme patterns as well as free verse. There are more than 100 poems grouped by various themes, including a section on America’s recent past and some of the terrorist tragedies which have befallen them.
What I enjoyed most about the poetic work of Raminder Bajwa was the variation in rhythm and how it changed so appropriately for the emotion of each particular poem. These works are really powerful when read out loud, with excellent pacing, word selection, and punctuation that times out a beat and emphasizes just the right parts at the right moment. The section on Gods & Angels was probably my favourite, particularly The Puppet Master and Master of Illusion, which interweave their themes with strong descriptive imagery and interesting concepts to think about after reading. If you’re seeking an immersive and large collection of poetry which consistently entertains and lifts you up, no matter how many works you read, then Bajwa’s honest, emotive yet ultimately motivating works will suit you very well. Overall, Misfits, Mystics, Love & Life is a triumph of poetry that all fans of the genre will enjoy.