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Reviewed by Jennie More for Readers' Favorite
Mornings are Magenta by Murray Pura is a collection of poems that vividly expresses the experiences and emotions of the people of Ukraine amidst the Russian invasion of the country. The poems detail the brutality, devastation, and trauma of those who survive the war, where destruction has become the norm in their daily lives. The writer's disdain for the war and its effect on the country comes through powerfully, leaving you dumbfounded by the pain of the Ukrainian people that will last forever. In the wake of the war, all that's left behind is revulsion, nightmares, and desires for revenge, a never-ending loop of war, death, and sorrow.
Mornings are Magenta by Murray Pura is an exquisite and revealing collection that exposes the raw emotions of the loss of the Ukrainian people and a rousing empathy for their suffering. I don't think anyone can understand what people go through who live in a country where there is war, but Pura has awakened an understanding through these powerful poems. My favorite poems include Colors, Mother of God, Deity, Texts to Gods and Neighbors, War House 2022, and Smoke. Deity speaks about how to reach divinity; you must go through a dark path to reach better times. Deity especially resonated with me, and I can see how it is relevant to the story of the people of Ukraine as there lies hope and light for them at the end of this dark period. Mornings are Magenta is beautifully written, emotionally charged, daring, and absorbing; I loved reading it.