Patience, Insanity, and Wisdom

Poetry - Inspirational
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Reviewed on 01/13/2024
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Patience, Insanity, and Wisdom is a collection of poetry in the inspirational, slice-of-life, and emotive writing subgenres. It is suitable for the general teen and adult reading audiences. Penned by author Anna Casamento Arrigo, this visceral feast explores a wide range of emotions and themes, from love and overcoming obstacles to grief, betrayal, childhood, and depression. Arrigo's words are not only thought-provoking but also emotionally charged, making each poem a journey of self-discovery and reflection. The inclusion of artwork between the poems adds an extra layer of depth to the reading experience, creating a harmonious fusion of words and visuals.

Whether it's the realization that you are enough or the exploration of generational differences, author Anna Casamento Arrigo's poetry has a way of speaking directly to the heart and soul. What struck me most about this collection is its ability to resonate on multiple levels, drawing from sophisticated literary techniques but also remaining highly accessible and easy to read. As I explored these vivid and varied poems, I found myself immersed in the intricate tapestry of human emotions and experiences. Each piece felt like a glimpse into the author's soul, and her talent for conveying complex feelings through beautifully crafted verses is evident. For me, the works on Alzheimer’s and loss particularly struck a chord. Arrigo's ability to capture the essence of life's ups and downs is nothing short of remarkable, and I wholeheartedly recommend this collection to anyone who appreciates the power of words to inspire, heal, and provoke deep introspection. Overall, Patience, Insanity, and Wisdom is an accomplished poetic journey that will stay with you long after you've turned the last page.

Pikasho Deka

Author and poet Anna Casamento Arrigo has created a mesmerizing collection of poems and artwork in Patience, Insanity, and Wisdom. This enthralling collection covers diverse topics related to life, nature, and the human condition. "Hold On!" encourages you to stand firm against the tides of darkness and despair. "Your Crazy" is a beautiful poem about embracing one's own quirks and eccentricities, celebrating the unique person that is you. "A Poem's Birth" is a poetic rendition of how poetry comes to life. "The Silly Little Things" is a nostalgic throwback to a life spent caring for the little things. In "Searching for the Simpler Life," the narrator seeks fulfillment and contentment by pursuing what makes them happy. "Moments" is a reflection on some of the happiest times of one's life.

Patience, Insanity, and Wisdom is an intimate collection of poetry and artwork that touch upon some universal aspects of life all humans can relate to. Pain, sorrow, loss, love, hope, and many more emotions flavor the stanzas of Anna Casamento Arrigo's poems, offering a thematically rich and poignant experience you aren't going to forget soon. Through her poetry, Arrigo also sheds light on a few serious issues, such as suicide, depression, and abuse, juxtaposing the darker parts of life with the light. The abstract artwork brilliantly complements Arrigo's poetry, bringing color to the pages and creating an even more enjoyable reading experience. Using a free-verse style with non-traditional organization, Arrigo has crafted an introspective collection that any poetry enthusiast will savor. As someone already familiar with Arrigo's work, this collection has surpassed my expectations, and I will gladly recommend it!

Amy Raines

Patience, Insanity, and Wisdom by Anna Casamento Arrigo covers several different aspects of life from emotional trauma, the realization that you are enough, and works inspired by other artists to understanding generational differences and questioning everything from reality to feelings, love, life, and sanity. From inspiring the heart, the soul, and the mind to feelings of being betrayed, this collection has something every poetic heart can love and appreciate. Hold on tight and allow these pieces to take your heart right where the poet wants you to go, and enjoy the beautiful works of art that add a splash of color to the world the author has painted for you.

Patience, Insanity, and Wisdom is a beautiful collection of long and short poetry that spoke to me on so many levels. I have always been a fan of poetry that packs an emotional punch, and Anna Casamento Arrigo has just made it to my list of top favorite poets. The pictures in between some of the poetry are beautiful works of art that set the mood for the piece that follows. I absolutely loved every single poem and appreciated how Anna let her talent shine through in every stanza. There is no shortage of creativity in the way this author delivers the words that drive home a specific meaning to the reader. I recommend this volume to anyone who loves a great collection of poetry that spans a wide variety of subjects. I look forward to reading many more volumes like this one, with Arrigo leading the way through entertainment and inspiration.

Doreen Chombu

Patience, Insanity, and Wisdom is a collection of heart-stirring poems and art by Anna Casamento Arrigo. The author addresses challenges that are painful and not easy to accept. She talks about hate, loss, aging, and death and raises awareness about depression, suicide, and anxiety. Despite the dark themes, the poems also have messages of hope and joy. The poems make you feel pain and loneliness but also give you the reassurance of a better day. The author discusses childhood trauma and counters it with the joy and innocence of being young. The book also has poems about everlasting love, desire, and passion. Get a copy to appreciate this amazing piece of art for yourself.

I love reading Anna Casamento Arrigo’s poems because they make you view life and situations from a unique perspective, and her integration of poetry, art, and music has always mesmerized me. After reading her other book, Petals, I could not wait to read Patience, Insanity, and Wisdom. I am happy to report that she did not disappoint. From the mythical-style imagery of the book cover to the well-constructed words that directly pierce your soul, I loved everything about this book. The author draws from her childhood and life experience to write about dark moments, the fear of dying, and the love that endures. The poems are well-written and have a consistent format. The abstract art is bursting with colors and makes the book visually appealing to read. If you love poems that heal and help you realize you are not alone, I highly recommend you read this book.

Asher Syed

Patience, Insanity, and Wisdom by Anna Casamento Arrigo is a collection of original art and poetry that collaboratively paints both a literal and figurative picture of the human state. Each piece ranges in length, tone, and style, from the minimalist confessional of I Am Enough, which conveys a sense of self-acceptance and contentment with one's own existence, to the reflective nostalgia of Tomorrow, which captures the essence of childhood memories, the fleeting nature of these moments, and the joy of living in the present; and on to the societal commentary of Humanity, a contrast of the luxury and materialism of fashion brands with the raw vulnerability of humanity, its fragility, and its need for rebirth. Arrigo employs a first-person narrative voice to make the work relatable and intimate.

Anna Casamento Arrigo has a lot to say, and her choice of platform to effectively deliver these messages is pitch-perfect in Patience, Insanity, and Wisdom. The full-color artwork and its abstract designs are as vivid and vibrant as her ability to weave pointed, punchy analogies into each line of the accompanying poetry. The standout to me is For the Love of an Older Woman, and even as a man, I loved that Arrigo addresses the rekindling of love and passion in later life. This is a frequently overlooked period of life; the transition from “days of children outgrowing their need of this 70-year-old woman" to "he breathed love into my soul." Overall, this is a thought-provoking and heartening compilation of Arrigo's beautiful work, and I have no doubt it will resonate with many of its readers. Very highly recommended.