Reviewed by Gayani Hathurusingha for Readers' Favorite
How do you wish to conquer your enemy? Try Z.E.Frey's method.'I am your inspiration, Don't hate me,' is what Z.E.Frey sings in one of the poems in his collection of poetry entitled 'Stones and Sticks'. In the sub-title of the book, the poet explains that the poems are about conquering enemies with poetry. Being a postmodern poet, Frey writes motivated by a strong consciousness of hostility and hatred which emerges in various forms in any social context. The aspect of hatred and cold hostility is mostly a hidden factor in the society, which finds shelter under the apparent serenity of any context. Through his highly expressive prosaic poems, the poet displays his awareness of this social reality.
The narrative voice, which is first person, depicts a very strong personality. Apparently, the poet is recommending such a personality, for those who wish to conquer enemies in a non-violent way. The poems are saturated with philosophies and optimism related to the diversified stressful occasions in life. According to the opinion of the poet, conquering enemies is a process which should take place within the conqueror. It has nothing to do with an attitudinal change of the enemy. The poet is engaged in creating an internal equilibrium within his reader so that the reader will succeed in overpowering his enemies within himself, without the help of sticks or stones. The concepts are illustrated with reference to religious ideologies at times. The poet is capable of employing satire against the people who hate him. The subtle moments of human interactions are traced by him with talent and creativity.