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Reviewed by Gayani Hathurusingha for Readers' Favorite
The collection of poems "Responsorials" by Rich Follett and Constance Stadler demonstrates a very strong sense of poetic maturity in both poets involved. The combined effort of the poets try to trace the subtle shades of diversified complexities related to human existence. The topic itself suggests that the poets wish to depict their reactions, both physical and philosophical, to what they experience in their lifelong process of survival in an eventful world. A vigilant reader would discern that the poems are focussed on the medial theme of human relationships. The poets adopt first person narrative style, and it is done wisely, as it enables them to give vent to the strong reaction they show to both positive and negative circumstances that they encounter.
The poems are on a very attractive set of topics and the uniqueness of the piece of writing depends on each poet's presentation of their ideas through a single poem under each topic. The two poets, Follett and Stadler, represent the entire tribe of males and females respectively. One poem each by them on each topic provide the masculine and feminine viewpoints regarding the subject. This diversified perspective adds color to the poems. The poems may be emotional, critical, satirical or humourous. The poets trace a plethora of human emotions and vivid reactions related to fluctuations in human existence. The paramount interest of the poets is the universal subject of love. Love leads to mixed emotions and it is ambiguous in its very nature. The poets are well aware of this double-standards of love and they duly represent it through their pieces.