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Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite
If you agree that there is something amazing in conciseness when you read a work in prose, you may find that it is also true for poetry. This is what I experienced when I read Reduction Fired, a poetic collection by Jennifer Yeates Camara. Here, the reduction is not just a keyword when it comes to the title. Divided into Winter, Autumn, Summer, and Spring, Reduction Fired features a series of poems inspired by various literary sources, including Chinese, Japanese, and even Hebrew poetry. In her poems, Camara's purpose is to remove from the verses everything unnecessary to the message. I believe you will find a striking example of this in Reduction Fired.
Reduction Fired was an inspiring read. I have many poetic collections on my bookshelf, but none of them is similar to this one. I like how Camara has managed to create an enchanting picture in just a few lines or even a single line. This is even more astonishing considering that the lines often consist of three words or less. I particularly admired the images of the natural elements that Camara evokes and how she uses them for specific purposes. The delicacy of the images and the brevity of Camara's poetry will remain as vivid impressions in my memory. These aspects will continue to make me think about Reduction Fired as a standalone book in my collection. Overall, reading it was a memorable experience that I invite you all to try.