Delve Into Darkness and Loneliness in the Poetry Collection “The Book of Joshua”
Zachary Schomberg’s latest poetry collection The Book of Joshua is an attempt to make sense of the loneliness and darkness that often accompanies being an adult. Many, if not all of the pieces in the book are surreal musings about grief, mortality, and the emotions one feels after losing a beloved friend or relative.
Although Schomberg’s symbolism and imagery can seem very simple at first glance, after reading The Book of Joshua several times, you’ll be struck by how profound it is. In many of Schomberg’s poems, he puts forth the idea that adulthood is just a way for people to attempt to fix the mistakes they made and the trauma that they suffered when they were kids. These mistakes haunt the narrator of the poems until they fall into a dark abyss where their only company is their own loneliness. The main character is haunted by the mistakes of the past and laments being stuck in his own body, which is starting to feel more and more like a cage.
With deceptively simple imagery and writing that’s cloaked by an unshakable inner darkness, The Book of Joshua will haunt all those who dare to read it.