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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
The Face of Expression by Aaron Woodson is a collection of unusually and poignantly written reflections and poetry, each so short it fills only a page or half of it — snippets of thoughts, an emotion, a glance into reality, a feeling of change, a strain through maturing years. The author allows the reader to peer into his soul, to look through his eyes and understand that life is a struggle, but one we can take charge of and give perspective and a name to through the art of learning, of being present, of loving. He writes: “As I grew, it became a struggle for me to take my first steps. I stumbled and fell a few times, but I kept getting up and trying again.”
The thoughts in this book are interesting and readers will feel connected to the humanity of the poet and the realism that permeates the writing. This aspect of humanity is one of the elements I enjoyed about the book. While the poet would love to enjoy the awesome moments of love, he makes readers understand the painful aspect of living when he presents his thoughts in “Poetry That Bleeds From My Pen,” noting that “The poetry that bleeds from my pen expresses my admission of guilt, but also my innocence.” The juxtaposition of joy and pain, of hope and despair, of the innocence of childhood and the curse of knowing is one of the powerful elements of style this author uses. The writing in The Face of Expression is filled with vivid imagery, is intimate, and explores universal themes in looking at life from a very fresh perspective. The writing itself is evocative, poetic, and the tone seductive. It’s a beautiful piece that many readers will savor.