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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
Diane Thiel’s much-awaited anthology of poetry, Questions from Outer Space, is worth the wait. This collection is divided into four parts, each touching on a particular subject or idea that delivers critical but compassionate and witty observations. The first part is titled Questions of Time and Direction and deals with the inevitable march of time and how our rhythms navigate with it. The second part is Notice from Another Dimension, which are meditative perspectives ranging from the politics of sleeping dogs to filtering apps that change reality. The third part is The Farthest Side and addresses the role of time and space in capturing moments in human relationships. The fourth part is Time in the Wilderness, which are flights of fancy with metaphorical undertones that touch on human existence and nature.
Diane Thiel’s poetry has the power to astonish, and awaken, and it behooves us to welcome her perspectives on existence in a surrealist vein. Questions from Outer Space is a treasure trove of intelligent musings with its opaque surrealism, provocative ontology, and social commentary, filling the void of the questions about life that are left unanswered. These verses attest to Thiel’s facility for keen observation that is honed by her mature consciousness. As a poet, she has the power to stir your mental faculties as her poetry examines the life of man and his place in the universe. She draws your attention to the unnoticed progression of mortality, and you will tend to agree with her on precise grounds, as demonstrated by her opening poem, Just Before Dawn. These are thought-provoking verses with a witty and dignified voice, trying to make sense of the mysterious questions whose answers continue to elude us.