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Emotions, Love made Courageous
by Milena Gomez

Category: Fiction / Literary
64 pages; ISBN: 0-7414-1404-X

Rating: 8/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Shirley A. Roe


Category: Poetry

Emotions: Love made Courageous

Author: Milena Gomez Alvarez

Emotions are:
Love made in poetry,
Life expressed in prose
Sadness I cannot hide
Those emotions I can’t deny!

These are the closing words of this book, however they are the epitome of the entire collection.
Love stripped naked, love exposed-this is the poetry of Milena Gomez Alvarez. Her poetry speaks of unrequited love, forbidden love and love gone astray but throughout she tugs at the emotional heartstrings of the reader. The collection is the expression of love in all its glory for lover, for friend and for family.

For my heart’s sake

To never see you in departure
For my heart’s sake
Strangers soon we will come to be
For your sake, I will leave silently………

The poet uses a unique presentation in her poem “The letter with heartbreaking words.” Quotes from a letter appear in italics with the emotion evoked by these words expressed in the body of the poem itself. This poem ends with the signature of the letter allowing the reader to feel part of the scene and the emotions felt as the letter is read.

“My dearest, goodbye. Today at the chapel I will this afternoon, be wed to the woman I love….”

This collection will speak to the reader, it will awaken buried feelings and stimulate new found emotion. Although this poet is young in years she writes with an old soul-An entertaining, emotion- filled read that should not be ignored.

Milena Gomez Alvarez is a native of Cuba. She came to the United States at age 11. Conquering her language problems, she majors in Literature and is working on her first novel. Milena Gomez’ other poetry chapbook, La Boheme was written in conjunction with two other poets, Patricia Alzae and Xenia Martinez.

This 64- page chapbook is concise and convenient to take along. My only criticism is that the structure of the book itself is poor; pages coming loose from the binding are distracting to the reader. The cover itself does not entice the reader to take the book from the shelf. I would suggest an upgrade in material and cover art before the reprint. Reviewer: Shirley Roe.

Title: Emotions: Love made Courageous
Author: Milena Gomez Alvarez
Publisher: Infinity Publishing
ISBN: 0-7414-1404-X
Pages: 64
Price: $12.95



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