Reason without Rhyme is poet Eileen T. O’Neill’s debut published collection but it certainly doesn’t feel like a first work. The writing is mature, accomplished and illustrative, especially in the works inspired by Eileen’s childhood home, Ireland.
From the biting Literally Apart to the juxtaposed I am me Eileen’s book is a cornucopia of poetic delights. The writing is at times witty, emotional, biting, beautiful and sometimes coloured by a tinge of sadness for an establishment no longer virtuous: as illustrated in the poem Holy disgrace.
A single thought is a beautiful example of the ease with which Eileen captures the complicated, the emotionally charged, and says so much in so few words. One wonders what became of the subject of this piece, such is the picture the author paints of emotional turmoil. And in contrast, Open invitation is singularly beautiful in its portrayal of an intimate, introspective relationship with the creator.
Reason without Rhyme is an eclectic mix of poetry and form, tackling a wide range of subjects and issues. I love the fact there is no theme to this collection, except the obvious, no rhyme. I find a poet’s best work is always on display when they’re not writing to a theme, and the surprise when turning the page and finding something new and completely different is a joy; as is this book. Reason without Rhyme is an accomplished and beautifully presented first work.
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