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Reviewed by Charles Remington for Readers' Favorite
Astonishingly, Myriad of Perceptions is Brenda-Lee Ranta’s first published book. Surprising because the quality of the work would lead one to believe it is the product of a much more experienced poet. The book contains fifty-four poetic gems, each a little work of art in itself, covering the sort of themes that one would expect - love, loss, foreboding and trepidation, but also some more unusual subjects. The poem When Night is Night is an unflinching tirade against the night, the dark and the terrors that they bring - you would need a heart of stone not to be moved by it. Throng is also moving and ends with the words: "Crowds make me invisible, in a way I don’t comprehend. Solitary people are like that. I am like that."
But there are more gentle moments. Day for Dreams is an agreeably lyrical look at a lazy Sunday that will make you smile, and I am sure that the short poem The Tourist will too. And that’s not all - you will also find poems that will make you pause, reflect, and maybe look again, particularly Free Thought on Fire and Dawning. Myriad of Perceptions is a beautiful collection that you will want to return to time and again.
Brenda-Lee Ranta is an accomplished poet, her voice is lucid and mature, her style unblinking and direct, sometimes brutally so. She manages to avoid the sometimes oblique metaphors that fog, rather than enhance, meaning. If Myriad of Perceptions is a representative sample, I would encourage her to publish more of her obviously worthwhile work. I think Leonard Cohen (the poet she declares was her inspiration) would be proud and I look forward to seeing more of her work in print.