Violet | Critical Book Review

An Unflinching Exploration of Love’s Rollercoaster

In the realm of indie poetry, Sabrina Simon’s “Violet” offers a raw and therapeutic journey through the tumultuous landscapes of love. While the author’s sincerity is commendable, this collection is not without its shortcomings.

A Rollercoaster Dive into Love’s Spectrum

Simon’s poetry plunges readers headfirst into the depths of her romantic endeavors, providing an unfiltered look at both the euphoric highs and heart-wrenching lows. It becomes evident that she has evolved as a writer over the past seven years, showcasing her creative growth throughout the pages of “Violet.”

The collection has its moments, with phrases like, “I’m in love, life is good, / and has never been better,” eliciting an emotional response from readers. However, the sentimentality can come across as cloying, almost contrived, at times. While love can indeed make the world seem brighter, Simon’s portrayal occasionally veers into the saccharine.

Brutal Honesty and Emotional Intensity

Simon’s willingness to confront the spectrum of emotions associated with love is both commendable and unsettling. She doesn’t shy away from depicting the world through rose-colored glasses, nor does she avoid delving into the vivid pain of heartbreak. The collection oscillates between depicting enduring love and the shattering aftermath of a failed relationship.

“Violet” explores love through various poetic styles, ranging from traditional rhyming patterns to free verse. Simon’s evolution as a poet is evident as she navigates the nuances of love and life. Her longer, multi-page pieces juxtaposed with shorter, impactful ones, like “Peace,” offer a diverse reading experience. Yet, some of the shorter pieces can feel rushed and lack depth.

Embracing the Past

Perhaps one of the collection’s most intriguing aspects is Simon’s willingness to include her older works alongside her recent creations. It’s refreshing to witness an author’s growth and vulnerability as they share their teenage poetry, flaws and all. This inclusion provides readers with a relatable connection, reminding us that the pain and idealism of youth resonate with the experiences of adulthood.

A Powerful Ode to Hopeless Romantics

For those who have endured the rollercoaster of love and emerged as hopeless romantics, “Violet” by Sabrina Simon may resonate deeply. The collection captures the essence of being swept away by emotions, both the sublime and the agonizing. Simon’s willingness to bare her soul is commendable, and her honesty is a beacon for those who have felt the sting of a broken heart.

PublisherGenrePrint LengthISBN
Gatekeeper PressPoetry66 pages978-1662928123

An Unflinching Exploration of Love’s Rollercoaster In the realm of indie poetry, Sabrina Simon’s “Violet” offers a raw and therapeutic journey through the tumultuous landscapes of love. While the author’s sincerity is commendable, this collection is not without its shortcomings. A Rollercoaster Dive into Love’s Spectrum Simon’s poetry plunges readers headfirst into the depths of…