Review: A Collection of Dreamscapes poetry by Christina Sng

This is an absolutely beautiful collection of dark poetry. 


A Collection of Dreamscapes poetry by Christina Sng

Published April 2020

Dark Fiction  |  Goodreads  |  Amazon 

Source: Received for Review Consideration 

A Collection of Dreamscapes by Christina Sng is an exploration of the darkness inside us, the shadow-self that screams and begs, forever fighting to claw itself out. It's a siren song of transformation, an uncovered diary that bleeds fairy tales and dystopias, and it reads like a grimoire full of spells and curses that bring monsters and madmen to life.

Between these pages, readers will meet women who hide behind the taste of poisoned apples, who set themselves on fire, who weep at riverbanks, the taste of freedom too much to swallow, too heavy to bear. They will be whisked away to faraway lands and unimaginable worlds, the drip of fog-soaked dreams a steady flow down their throats while they choke on betrayal and bathe in the waters of tears twice cried.

Sng's poems are a blend of dark fantasy and science fiction, a changeling's whisper and an ogre's cry. They are both subtle and violent, and they weave themes of empowerment and strength through stars and earthquakes, forcing us to push away the rubble and look at what we've had to do to survive. They are the sacrifice in the forest and the haunting in the house, every gasp and ancient fear a reflection of the violence we've had to bury deep inside ourselves, all those battle cries and reimagined dreams we desperately try to forget. Here, Sng marries blood and magic, forever walking hand-in-hand with scar and ash, their imprints both a nightmare and a blessing, a dream and the truth.

Swallow them carefully. Once they're inside you, there's no getting them out.


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This little book of dark poetry will entrance you with its dark magic and simmering rage. Within its pages, you will find fairytale worlds filled with magic, wonder, and furious brutality. If you like dark fiction, I recommend giving it a try. The poems are broken up into themed chapters that often progress from one to the next continuing in a story-like fashion.

The first section was about bloodlust, destruction, and war and I’m not entirely certain my brain comprehended it all on the first go but the poems all pulled me in and created a complete story.

I mean:

“His eyelids cut in a half-moon
To ensure he witnesses every moment
Leading to his death”

What is there not to love about that?!

The Fairy Tales section was one of my favorites. They’re beautifully modern but yet manage to maintain a fairytale-like mood filled with the whims of the fey, the evils of men and they are bloody and vicious as well they should be!

All the Monsters in the World brings forth devastating violation, murder, and even a quirky vampire poem that offered some sweet, much-needed relief from all the unrelenting but purifying violence.

“They will arrive
With their guns and scythes,
Here we will wait
And eat them alive.”

Hahahaha! Dare I say how much I love the way Sng puts words together?!

There’s one poem here that will sit with me forever. It’s called “The Girl and Her Wolf Dog” and It broke me into a million pieces and put me back together again. If I had to pick just one perfect poem from this collection, a collection filled with them, it would be this one.

Do something nice for you and give it a read! I doubt you’ll have regrets.

⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2



Comments

  1. Oh wow. I don't think I've ever read a specifically themed poetry collection such as this. Interesting!

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  2. Ok yeah, that is kinda dark. lol

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  3. I'm thrilled to see your review of this collection. I have it on my TBR, but I haven't bought it yet. It sounds fabulous. I will get around to it soon!

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  4. Oooh, I keep meaning to get more into horror poetry. Sounds like I need to snag this one!

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  5. I don't usually read poetry but I've just started to enjoy verse thanks to audio so maybe it would be the same with poetry?? I should give it a go.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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