POETRY REVIEW: Mourning Jewelry by Stephanie M. Wytovich

Mourning Jewelry Stephanie M. Wytovich Poetry Collection Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2014. $12.95 ISBN: 978-1-935738-63-3   Stephanie Wytovich is quickly becoming a favorite in dark poetry, and for good...

Mourning Jewelry

Stephanie M. Wytovich

Poetry Collection

Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2014. $12.95

ISBN: 978-1-935738-63-3

 

Stephanie Wytovich is quickly becoming a favorite in dark poetry, and for good reason. This is a strong collection and even at 118 pages has not much wasted space. These aren’t trunk poems.

She creates a different world and mood within each piece and her ideas are touching, beautiful, and darkly romantic. Thematically, her verses and prose poems deal with death, but also with the macabre coping mechanisms of her twisted but relatable characters.

Many moments are pure eroticism, such as in “Succubus”:

Her heart kisses his soul goodbye,
but not before it bathes in the waters of lust. She licks at his lips,
tonguing at the growing desire brooding in an
unconscious mind as he gives himself
over to her—an unwilling participant in
love’s final soliloquy.Mourning Jewelry by Stephanie Wytovich

Wytovich knows how to empty her soul onto the page. She taps into the feelings and thoughts that we harbor secretly, shamefully, delightfully, and tenderly.

This is the best poetry collection I’ve read this year.

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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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