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Reviewed by Samantha Gregory for Readers' Favorite
The Shadow of the Mind's Heart by Cheryllynn Dyess is a collection of poems that deal with the darker side of our emotions and the dark thoughts most of us have. There are poems on heartache, and even thoughts on suicide. I particularly enjoyed the poem Cupid’s Arrow. The author has written the poems over twenty years and I think it is good that she kept these poems all that time. They are obviously very personal to her, but also other people will be able to relate to them too. The dated poems read more like a diary and you can see how the author has evolved and grown as they go on.
Cheryllynn Dyess has written a solid book of poetry with The Shadow of the Mind's Heart. The cover was what drew my eye first. Most covers for poetry books are quite neutral; this cover conveyed the tone of the book well. A lot of the poems didn't have any titles. I thought perhaps it would have been better if they did, especially if you are looking for a particular poem, making it harder to find. I do think this book will do well on the market, and it is a collection you could read again and again.