Book Review: The Poems of Robin R Rabii
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I'm not a huge fan of poetry, and this volume had a few things about it I didn't particularly enjoy, but I can certainly see a lot of readers finding something worthwhile in it and can recommend it to people who truly enjoy poetry.
I found myself skipping entire poems when I tried to work through this volume, and my biggest problem was that the quality varied so much that it was difficult to work through them all. Couple that with a really long introduction and much of the book just felt like wasted space.
That being said, there were a number of gems in this group that were especially appealing and I found myself enjoying them even though I'm not a huge fan of poetry. I would recommend those poems wholeheartedly, and the problem with the entire volume is that finding them was like a needle in a haystack and it actually would have been significantly better if it was shorter.
All in all, I enjoyed reading this volume because when it was at its best it was truly inspiring, but when it was at its worst it was a real let down. If you enjoy reading poetry, then maybe check this one out, but you might be better off just tracking down a better volume and starting there instead.
About the Book
The Great Architect of All Reality, another name for the unknown source that created the foundation for existence, had the wherewithal or playfulness to riddle creation with an eclectic mix of contradictory forces in humans and nature. In its infinite wisdom or ultimate boredom, the Architect instructed evolution to create humans … and some say this act added stupidity to the divine designer’s mix!
While stupidity serves a critical role in helping us discern the behaviors that stall our climb up the evolutionary ladder, it is the active pursuit of connection, one of the Architect’s “hidden” ingredients, that allows us to scale the ladder of evolution with speed and begin reconciling the appearance of differences between us. Connection exposes the illusions of separation and provides the opportunity to reunite diametrically opposed perspectives we inherit or acquire through our social, cultural, religious, and ethnic conditioning.
The poems in this book are the insightful expressions of an author who is passionate about creating harmony between humans, the most complex of the Architect’s riddles. Through his words, the author attempts to elevate and worship the ordinary moments in life; expose the poisons in becoming a political or religious ideologue; explore the strained relationship between the intellect and the heart; ponder the cosmic aspects of patriotism; reveal the invisible demons of love; and convey sensitive, but instructive, snippets about race and color. Mixed in with these thought-provoking utterances is the author’s ailing sense of humor, offering the opportunity to view serious matters through the lens of comedy.
Through the solemn and amusing prose, there is an opportunity to begin new conversations that may help us acknowledge and, through introspection, challenge our silent conditioning—a first step in finding the keys to meaningful connection and harmony in all human affairs.