A listing of my written work & the reviews given to them good and bad.
He digs deep, takes his pain and creates a transformable world of regret, hope, and desire. From the first word, I could feel a sense of fascination and passion through his words. They are sharp, clear, and unafraid of expression. I could tell as I dove into (Politics at Work) that I was going to have an incredible experience. He took me on a journey. He states in the foreword that he “wrote this book when I was angry, upset with the lies some people close to me kept pouring on me, upset with outlook of where this entire world is going and close enough to lose the house I lived in.” It is important for writers to have a distinct perspective on the world. My favorite writing is writing that is passionate and that comes from a dark place. I recently befriended Jesse Abundis on Twitter about a month ago, and he has always portrayed a highly unique voice in his tweets. As soon as he mentioned this book, I jumped at the chance to read it.
He crafts each poem around his life’s experience and the lies he has been told. In fact, we have all been told these same lies. We are all taught from a very young age of the “American dream.” His dark tale is evident in (New Generation) and (The Hunger). These have a poignant meaning to the everyday struggle of Americans. Even I have fallen susceptible to the “lies.” While I do not fully agree with him, I certainly understand his point of view. He writes with such fervor about how society sugarcoats dreams and living. He alludes to reality TV that “[keeps] them from seeing the true reality of life” in (The Hunger). As a generation, we have bought into fame and fortune as being the keys to happiness. He later revisits this notion in (The Pretty Freaks). We all have struggles and he truly speaks to every insecurity, struggle, pain that we as a race endure. Our society paints this gorgeous picture of living in America, but we rarely see the man behind the curtain. Jesse charts new territory with this book of poetry. His words are like knives into the heart of what America. He is unafraid to reveal the truth. Throughout the book, he points out everything that is wrong with society that ultimately culminates in (Years of Refusal). Here, we see the after effects of the world on him, as an individual.
Perhaps my favorite is (Modern Thieves of Society). Here is a very brief snippet:
Stone the gays, they say
Stone the women who abort, they say
Stone the single mother, they say
So many stones
Yet, their sins are greater
(Kings of Medicine)
(Let Me Sleep)
(Years of Refusal)
His perspective is fresh, passionate, and full of fire. I highly recommend purchasing this great work of literature here on Friday, April 8, 2011. I promise you that you will not be disappointed.
This review is part of a blog tour for Jesse Abundis’ release of “Years of Refusal.”
Build a windowless house
Build it from brick
Feel that? There’s nothing quite like poetry that hits you in the gut. And Jesse Abundis’ Years of Refusal is a book of poetry that does just that.
Hitting on all the controversy, pains, and struggles of life not unfamiliar to the poet and everyman alike, Jesse has done more with Years of Refusal than simply create a book of poetry that just so happens to also have an awesomely thought-provoking theme. He’s crafted a book of poetry that really made me think. Got me fired up. Motivated me to want to inspire change.
The word “fight” is used in his title piece, “Years of Refusal”. At its core, that’s really what this book is all about – the fight. The world can be a scary place to live in nowadays, and Years of Refusal covers it all. From the smaller evils of glorification of politics and greed (“Politics at Work”) and the everyday importance we place on disease (“Kings of Medicine”) – to the hidden and almost metaphorical darkness that often permeates young lives, such as abuse (“Let Me Sleep”) and the role society plays in shaping our identities (“The Pretty Freaks”, “Brick House”).
Dear child there is no monster under your bed
The monster is outside your door
My gut is still in awe.
Years of Refusal is a self-published book of poetry by indie author/artist Jesse Abundis in both print and e-book format. The book includes 12 poems, plus a sneak peek at Jesse’s next book of poetry.
By the way, I’m the fourth stop on the YEARS OF REFUSAL blog tour. You can check out more rad reviews here.
Review From: Nina http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/years-of-refusal/15242928 ( bought the paperback )
* I just stumbled onto this book by accident and I’m glad I did. It’s been awhile since I read something so dark yet powerful, it’s not over dramatic, it just strikes at the core of life. And I was very touched and moved how the author just bared his soul at the start, just very powerful stuff. I would highly recommend this book, I can’t wait to see more of his work to come.
2nd ( FAIRY GODMOTHER ) *free read
Review From: Megan
I am reviewing this for: I.N.K.E.D Sad the main character is evil and does an evil thing on Hallween. Written with a good style, interesting strong character and who definitely isn’t a sweet innocent typical housewife. Good details and nice suspense. Good job of writing here. Always: Megan
Review From: Earl
You have an excellent story here, but it needs major polishing ,It is also very short and only one character is developed. If you do any editing let me know and I will review my rating.
Review From: Kings
My friend, I enjoyed reading your story, it flowed without a stoppage in its entirety. A very good read I thought. Thanks for sharing it with me.
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