Reflect on One’s Inner Mind In “Living in 12-Tone”
New York-based poet and belly dancer Evie Ivy’s Living in 12-Tone and Other Poetic Forms is a dreamy introspective collection on human nature and the uncertainties of life. Her writing swirls through each of the 12-tone poems, which is a form that consists of six couplets with 12 syllables in each. Since the pattern can change, Ivy’s poems are fluid, and if you look closely, you can see the almost-music in her writing flow through the entire collection.
Some pieces, such as “Letters That Flew” and “Tea by the Window,” bring to mind restless nights where you’ve stayed up pondering mistakes from years past or simply can’t sleep because you wonder if your tiny little life has any meaning. Others, such as “Rolling Dreams” and “Rude Lady,” show off Ivy’s acerbic wit. Whether the poem has a funny retort about slapping former President Nixon in a dream or is a snarky examination of a rude woman who has finally shown her true colors to the world in all her stuck-up glory, the variety in the author’s work will leave you riveted.
Living in 12-Tone and Other Poetic Forms is a soulful examination of life’s uncertainties and the joys that can be found in reflecting upon the inner wonders of the human mind.
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