Last week I received a copy of Sean Notyeats poetry book, From Small Beginnings. I love reading and writing poetry, and it was refreshing to see the book described as a ‘A stage in the poet’s progress – from song to stanza.’
The book is laid out with definitive sections, from ‘Sex’ to ‘Destiny’ to ‘Islands’.
He covers politics, life and relationships and I really enjoyed his introduction, he’s personable and passionate about the spoken and written word, and that’s something every writer and reader can relate to.
When it comes to the rhyming poems throughout the book, I’m not too keen on his use of simple end rhyme; I much prefer internal and more thought-provoking rhyme.
This happens in a lot of the poems, but again, this is a question of taste. The ones with lots of end rhyme are very lyrical, and as I read them they reminded me of limericks (without as much humour).
I think Notyeats has a very good grasp on how his poetry flows, the layout and the story of each poem clearly laid out. I also like his descriptions and story telling technique, even though sometimes they veer into prose rather than poetry.
I like the different sections of the book, giving you the option to dip in and out of subjects that suit your mood. I particularly enjoyed the poem God and the Multi-Verse, a play on words and clever semantics.
I also enjoyed Payback, a dark and foreboding poem about love and suicide. These two poems are much more my taste, and the latter reminds me vaguely of Sylvia Plath’s work, but much more tame.
Overall, I have to be honest and say the poetry didn’t quite hit the spot for me, but perhaps this is because it is, as Sean describes, a work in progress.
I liked some of the themes, although it was heavily political and although I’m passionate about politics, it was a bit too much for me. I liked his descriptive language, his voice throughout and the style and layout of the collection of poems.
I think this book would be adored by those who like the rhythmic and repetitive rhyme, with political themes running throughout. I think this is a good starter in terms of poetry, but I’d love to see Notyeats take more risks with his writing, push more boundaries and maybe tackle other subjects.
Disclosure: I received this book in exchange for review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.