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Reviewed by Shannon Winings for Readers' Favorite
Rescue Mission, written by Gad Kaynar-Kissinger and translated into English by Natalie Fainstein, is an exciting collection of poems with remarkable and surprising depth. Each poem varies in length and topic. As such, there are some short poems with only a few lines. Yet, readers can understand the poems’ essence and what the author is trying to portray. The writing is shockingly vivid in some longer poems and helps draw readers into the different moments. While the topics vary, common themes tie all the poems together, such as life and love or pain and death. Despite being at opposite ends of the spectrum, the author was able to tie everything together well.
I was excited to see how Rescue Mission’s collection of poems worked in their English translation. English does not always have the right word for what someone is saying in a different language, but I do not feel like anything was lacking. In fact, the poems were notable, profound, and thrilling at times. In addition, it is difficult to criticize grammar in poetry in general, yet there were no glaring errors noted. I enjoyed a short poem on plagiarism, as it contained much thought despite being just a few lines. It was at the beginning of the collection; however, it developed into something deeper and darker than expected, but just as unique. Gad Kaynar-Kissinger speaks of pain, hurt, death, blood, and even the current pandemic. While shocking, the juxtaposition between topics was impressive and engaging.