Word Petals | Critical Book Review

Carla L. Ibanzo’s Word Petals beckons readers into a diverse realm, traversing the landscapes of Japan, the nostalgia of Jamaica, and contemplations on tradition. Despite its expansiveness, this indie poetry collection, as reviewed by Jadidsa Perez, unfolds with a charming brevity, provoking thought and unveiling surprising facets.

A Blossoming Narrative

The beauty of Ibanzo’s words, akin to petals on a flower, enriches the narrative with hues of spirituality, reflections on aging, and motivational verses urging readers to embrace risks. Each poem encapsulates a nugget of wisdom, leaving an enduring imprint on the reader’s mind.

Homage to Homeland

Particularly resonant are the poems delving into the author’s homeland and familial ties. “Jamaica Noice” and “You are Love” stand out, the former a lyrical praise to Jamaica using patois and vivid imagery, while the latter portrays a touching relationship with Aunt Sheila, delivering a poignant message encapsulated in the line: “To me you embody what it means to love.”

Multi-Vocal Narratives

The collection introduces multiple speakers, with “Blush Pink Dahlias” crafting a tale of heartbreak intertwined with the blooming dahlias left behind by a departed lover. The clever tie-in with the flower theme and the book’s title, Word Petals, adds a layer of sophistication to the narrative.

Rhyme Scheme and Monotony

While the content resonates, a critical eye falls on the limited diversity in the rhyme scheme across poems. The consistent structure, while lending a lyrical quality, occasionally blurs the distinction between more profound and lighter verses. The inclusion of haikus, though a welcome break, leaves a lingering desire for more experimentation in the overall structure.

Wisdom Amidst Verse

Word Petals is a trove of wisdom, offering ample poetic treasures for enthusiasts. Despite my desire for a more varied rhyme scheme, the overall experience was enriching, providing a unique perspective on the world. Carla L. Ibanzo’s collection is a poetic journey, both delightful and enlightening, capturing the essence of diverse human experiences through the lens of verse.

Book Information

PublisherGenrePrint LengthISBN
IndieBookViewPoetry114 pages9791220128827

Carla L. Ibanzo’s Word Petals beckons readers into a diverse realm, traversing the landscapes of Japan, the nostalgia of Jamaica, and contemplations on tradition. Despite its expansiveness, this indie poetry collection, as reviewed by Jadidsa Perez, unfolds with a charming brevity, provoking thought and unveiling surprising facets. A Blossoming Narrative The beauty of Ibanzo’s words,…