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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Written in a style that embraces simplicity, Stellar by Kevin Hollingsworth is a gorgeous collection of poems covering a variety of themes — love and intimacy, patriotism, nature, solitude, friendship, adventure, self-discovery, and a lot more. The poems have different lengths and the style allows for a certain kind of freedom — like the wind — with words breaking loose from the depths of the persona. The use of the personal pronoun renders the poems more intimate, allowing powerful emotions and perceptions to emerge in a unique way. The poet starts with an expression of patriotism, his love for America whom he personifies: “She was the most beautiful breeze,” and moves on to write about moments of awakening — the feel of the breeze, the exuberant gaze at the clouds, the touch of love, and others.
Stellar is filled with symbolism and readers will enjoy the clear and playful voice. The use of simile seems to be constant in Kevin Hollingsworth’s poetry. Some of the poems are short and really appealing, like how the persona captures a moment of intimacy in "At That Moment," one of the shortest of the poems in the collection:
“Your lips surprised love.
Your eyes awakened my soul.
Your lips kissed my heart,
and I fell in love with you at that moment.”
There is a lot to relish in this collection. The rhythm is fast and conveys the messages. Each poem has an idea that is succinctly presented and I enjoyed the images that accompany most of the poems. This collection is a good treat for fans of free verses and poetry that speaks directly to human experience and to the human heart.