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Reviewed by Ryan Jordan for Readers' Favorite
Nameless: A Collection of Poems by Sana Rafiq-Mitchell is a provocative collection of short poems about many different topics, but mostly romantically inclined. There are love poems, poems about the aching loss that people can experience if they refuse to live, poems about strong women pretending they don't realize men are staring at them, and poems about more abstract things like finding meaning in our lives. All of the poems are short and devoid of capitalization, and many of them were written more for how they sound when read aloud than necessarily how perfectly they follow a set pattern or rules.
I enjoyed the flow and word choice in many of the poems. Sometimes there would be a descriptor chosen for an item that didn't seem to fit (molten perfume) but in the context of a particular poem it actually worked beautifully. Every word seems to have been chosen with care, and each of them has a little extra punch to it because they are so short and vibrant.
A lot of the poems have abstract moments rooted alongside more commonplace examples, such as 'dichotomy' where first we see women who say different things than what they mean, then men who say nothing at all, then we spiral to a balloon stretched out in a field of thorns. The poem is short on words and lines but packed with meaning, like many of the others in this collection. Nameless: A Collection of Poems by Sana Rafiq-Mitchell is a real winner for anyone who is interested in short and punchy poems about love. A great collection of poems. I thought many were imaginative and very well put together.