Today, I’m doing something that I rarely do here and that’s to post a review. For the most part, this blog is devoted to poetry and all things literary but I read a lot. And I just thought that it’s a bit odd that I don’t always share my thoughts about those books here.. So it only makes sense that I would share this bit of information with you. I was fortunate enough to get my hands on an) advanced reader copy(ARC) of D.J. Walters’ poetry collection Behind Those Dark Eyes. As longtime readers of the blog know, I’ve been working on building a poetry section on my bookshelves and I am so happy that I was able to get a copy of this one. This London based novelist, educator, and poet has previously published The Vacation Lodge series.
Behind Those Dark Eyes is D.J. Walters’ first poetry release and it is a brilliant collection! It’s fairly thick with poetry as it consists of 100 poems broken into five sections: On the Mind,On the Body, On the Soul, On Sex & Relationships, and On Family & Friends . Each one explores the elements of human existence. It runs the gamut of the human experience allowing the reader to examine what lurks behind those dark eyes through poetry. She’s built a collection that feels luxe and rich; it explores the ways that life happens to us and how we respond. Walters has created a bubble that allows you to feel everything that she’s poured into these poems.
What the poet does here, is transport the reader and allows them to sink into the emotions that lurk in these poems. Pieces such as “Is Education the Key to Success?”, “Soul Mates”, “Heartbreak”, and “Coleby Path” resonate and make you want to linger a bit longer between the pages. The front cover states that this is “A Collection of Deep and Raw Poetry” and it truly delivers.
I am new to D.J. Walters writing but as someone who loves poetry I am driven to read more of her work. Do yourself a favor and add this one to your shelves when it releases on July 24th, 2020.