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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite
Poet Hamed Vahidi has written serious, thought-provoking poetry in "The Ruins of the Soul" that call up clear images of third world people whose daily lives are often uphill battles. The poet has divided this slim book of poetry into two sections: lyric poems which cover love and separation and the Rubaiyat section, which are four stanza verses that deal with free will and the soul. The poem "The Many Faces of Love" on page 11 is sad for it tells the reader that love is not fair and that "Thousands roam the earth for a loaf of bread." Sometimes a poem like "Spring" on page 29 begins joyously with "I heard the nightingale commencing the spring" and tells a lighter tale.
Hamed Vahidi has written soulful poetry in "The Ruins of the Soul" that will reach out to readers world-wide. Often, the imagery he creates is not joyful but honest in his view of what life brings. Sometimes the poetic verses rhyme, but sometimes they do not. In "My Mangled Heart" on page 24, the first verse has the last two lines rhyming:
Sweet companion, my mangled heart,
You pumped blood into my veins.
You followed me into the lion's den
When I fluttered like a wounded hen.
While the four lines of the last verse rhyme:
When the force of desire cannot conceal the pain,
When shame is so great it paralyzes the brain,
When the body is like a lifeless terrain,
It is your divine melody that keeps me sane.
"The Ruins of the Soul" will reach out to deep-thinking readers.