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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Morning Coffee by Emily Wyche is a gorgeous collection of poetry written by a sixteen-year-old. Now it’s easy to think: What kind of poetry can a teenager write? Readers will be surprised at the depth of thought reflected in these poems, at the author’s perceptive look at things, into life, into existence. Without sacrificing its poetic rhythm, the author infuses a lot of insight into the poems and evokes images that carry her message across with great eloquence. For instance, in the first poem where she explores the place of her mother in her life, she uncovers a lesson of love, but imagines the image she uses to convey it: “To love warmly— / like a wooden rocking horse, / steady upon the tile floor— / Humorous and whimsical at / the carnival— / Beautiful and kind.”
This is what you may call poetry of the heart and it explores the seasons of the young poet’s heart, capturing realities like heartbreak, love, family, parenthood, and transforming them into words that grab the reader. The effervescent tone will arrest the reader’s attention, but the lovely rhythm, coupled with the beautiful diction, is one of the powerful elements that make this collection a delightful read. It takes a unique skill to capture thoughts and emotions in a manner that is succinct, without falling into the temptation to explain as is common with many young poets, but Emily Wyche doesn’t fall into this trap. The maturity of her poetry is evident in the economy of word, in the rhythm, and in the diction that gives depth to common words. Here is a line about the pain of letting go that I will keep with me: “I will not move, / because I can’t: /forever trapped between /your world—and mine.” Morning Coffee is, indeed, a delightful read.