POETRY REVIEW: “Event Horizon” by Valentina Cano

In her debut poetry collection, Event Horizon, Valentina Cano paints with dark and light free verse to create short yet powerful poems which she terms as “Debris”. These illuminations...

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Event Horizon
Valentina Cano
2013 mgv2>publishing, 25 pages

 

 

In her debut poetry collection, Event Horizon, Valentina Cano paints with dark and light free verse to create short yet powerful poems which she terms as “Debris”. These illuminations and dislocations give insight into the sometimes troubled, but self-encouraging mind of a promising young poet.

 

In poems such as “Regarding Anxiety” and “Compulsions”, Cano explores the mental confines of worry, anxiety, depression, and pain. Meanwhile, her thoughts find way to escape the dark “Disorders”, allowing the self to immerge triumphant. This theme is illustrated in “Compulsions”:
. . . My mind cowered
and pushed anything to hide behind.
To hide from the marching,
swaying, though
full like a tick.
A scream turned the night into day,
the thought into a concrete wall.

 

 

 

Valentina Cano’s poetry is intensely personal, very moving, and well worth exploring. She summarizes the collection with the last verses from “An Ill Head, Dreaming”:
If I could find it,
this hospital that quarantines shadows,
then I think
I could learn to breathe again.
Gulping air in a waterfall of light.

 

 

 

Recommended.

 

Catch her reading here: Valentina Cano

 

 

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Sunni K Brock writes speculative fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and edits digital video. She has been published in several anthologies and periodicals, and edited the Rondo award winning documentary, The Ackermonster Chronicles!. Her strong technical background includes working for Microsoft, Adobe, and Sonic Solutions with expertise in multimedia, intelligent learning algorithms, and exploration of virtual reality and lucid dreaming. She enjoys spending her days working alongside her husband, author/filmmaker Jason V Brock, tending to their pet reptiles, cooking extravagant vegetarian meals, and aggravating friends on Facebook.

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