Book Reviews, Vol 3.

Violet Dusk

So I recently had an opportunity to read Violet Dusk by author Ankhesen Mié.

Violet Dusk is the third release from Mié after a three-year hiatus. While I've followed K's blog for quite some time this was my first opportunity to read her literary works.

K's prose has a nice blend of the Gothic, African mythos, personal experience, the mundane of everyday life which is anything but ordinary. Her work is hauntingly beautiful and even in the sunniest of situations such as a July family cookout, the reader sees through K's eyes the world a ghostly and ethereal temperament.

Many of her poems reminds me of the artist that is gifted/cursed with the second sight as it were. While most people can't see beyond what's in front of them, artists like K view the death, the darkness that seeps into this world. It's as if she wanders through the supernatural among the everyday world. She sees beyond the surface beyond the mundane and speaks on a deeper (and often darker) truth.

As mentioned earlier, African imagery pervades through her pieces but also her journey as strong woman and how that's often an unenviable burden in modern society be it pertaining to career or relationships. Especially relationships.

Perhaps my favorite poem is "The Zombie's Lament" as it no doubt speaks to every 20 something year old who is stuck in a cubicle or a dead end job. Zombies who live for the next Benjamin, going through the motions of a thankless full time job, going to school, relationships the casualty of war, living from paycheck to paycheck and for all intents and purposes is the living dead. If this poem wasn't the story of my life during my 20s (and to a large effect it still is), then I don't know what is.

I highly recommend Violet Dusk. It's a great collection and our voices need to be heard.

~ Dennis Upkins, author of Hollowstone

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