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Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite
Years of Autistic Creativity by Joseph D. Smith is a unique book of "lyrics" written for the reader to peruse and enjoy at leisure. It is a whimsical book about love and how best to express that love or understand that one is in love. The author states that the "lyrics" are for the reader, and one can almost hear the music that should be playing in the background. I found myself almost singing the words as if they were lyrics, and imagining that the words in italics were the backup dancers.
Years of Autistic Creativity by Joseph D. Smith is not an anthology but a poetry collection. The poems center around the theme of love and carry over, blurring into one another until the reader can't turn the pages fast enough. The poems themselves are simple, easy to read, and not at all pretentious the way poetry can sometimes be. Maybe it is the simple song-like quality of the words, but the sentences flow into an easily read pattern. There is a lot of repetition within each poem. Even the poems themselves seem repetitious in nature (and theme, as the author often asks why he loves or how he loves or how to express his love), but if thinking of the poems as songs this repetition seems natural and normal. How many times do you sing the same chorus in a song? It feels natural within these "lyrics" to hear the same four lines repeated and adds to the song-like feel of the entire book. I really enjoyed this piece.