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Reviewed by Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite
"On Edge", written by Bob MacKenzie, is an intriguing book of emotions, thoughts, and circumstances in a poetic form. MacKenzie reveals topics within his poetry that are often hard to speak of in a natural everyday conversation. Within the 16 poems laid out in his book, MacKenzie reveals raw emotion that will make you gasp, cry, feel mad, sad, and broken inside, but at the same time let the reader know there is light through the horrible darkness of pain and suffering, but not often reached easily.
Reading Bob MacKenzie's incredible book of very raw, real poetry brought all emotions out in me. I recognize how difficult a few of the poems' subject matter must have been to write about, though essential. That fact alone makes reading this work of written art worthwhile. Readers of this book are going to most often relate to the dark demeanor of MacKenzie's words within this book. Horrible circumstances are often the most remembered; it is human nature. MacKenzie portrays this over and over. Bob MacKenzie reminds his readers that in dark times, light can appear through the smallest of cracks. The road to this light is most often a hard one but it is a road at the very least. Bob MacKenzie's "On Edge" will move many people in many different ways, as poetry can be interpreted variously. The poetry within this book is so very long because it draws your thoughts away from the actual poem and to a related situation, happenstance, or circumstance that a person has experienced, heard of, or fears.