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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
The Prism of My Mind: Poems for 7 Moods by Francis Mont is a compilation of original work in a rich variety of styles. The format is primarily in the styles of brief contemplative verse, minimalist, haiku, and free verse. Each of the pieces harkens to the promised mood points while also contributing a unique perspective on the diversity of themes. Communication, in brief, contemplative verse, describes the complexities of human connection and the challenges of understanding and bridging gaps. In minimalist style, Entropy captures a moment in nature, reflecting on the temporary delay in the natural process of decay. The haiku Joy Beauty celebrates the transient beauty of fresh snow, contrasting nature's purity with life's challenges. The free verse piece, Last Man, homes in on the loneliness of the final human on Earth, adding a surprising twist.
Francis Mont invites readers to explore the vast spectrum of human experience through various poetic lenses in The Prism of My Mind and does exceptionally well in making this work approachable in a way that much of contemporary poetry does not. Like a work of art, poetry is deeply subjective, and, as such, there are pieces that will resonate with a reader and others that may not. What makes Mont special is that even when an individual poem doesn't pierce the heart, it certainly stimulates thought and a degree of introspection. The standouts to me are Fog, describing the impact of fog on mood and exploring the dualities of life, contrasting light and darkness, warmth and cold, love and hate; and Wisdom, portraying life as an ascent up a mountain, where patterns emerge and wisdom is gained through cycles of survival and propagation. It encourages a shift in perspective, moving away from the pursuit of grand designs and meanings to an appreciation of the beauty in the world. Overall, Mont's work is fantastic, and immersing oneself in it is an absolute pleasure. Very highly recommended.