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A Convolution of Emotions

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This poetry collection spans adolescent to early adult life, and cries for lost innocence of childhood, the desire for love, and womanhood.

Synopsis

This book of poems depicts RYP's young adult life while absorbing the essence of others'. It is a roller coaster of emotions, as this book touches on several entertaining topics such as love, self-worth, forgiveness, resentment, femininity, the life of a Latina in the United States, among many other topics.

RYP's A Convolution of Emotions is a unique poetry collection, in that it includes poetry, short essays, thoughts, and artwork that span the author's early adolescent to early adult life. The goal of the collection is ambitious- to show the author's growth in reconciling with trauma, family, identity, and purpose. There were several poems I bookmarked, because it was clear RYP dug deep and wrestled with the feelings hidden deep inside, and when they were translated to the page, the result was beautiful.


The tone of the collection switches throughout, and it is easy to follow, as the reader, which poems were written in the author's youth, and which poems were written when she was older. However, putting tone aside, some of the poems still felt like drafts. There were a few moments where the author was close to striking gold, but the language was too loose, the imagery not clear enough, and the message of the poem not well-defined. These moments had nothing to do with the age of the author, and they could have been solved by a little more attention to the fine details within the poems.


All of the poems seemed to follow the same, free-verse structure as well. With the mixture of mediums of communication in this collection, it would have been nice and beneficial to see different forms of poetry represented. Instead, many of the poems followed the same formatting and rhyming couplet scheme, which ended up binding the author in several poems into forcing language that was shallow, rather than exploring the depth of emotion and experience behind each entry.


Was this collection for me? Personally, no. But I do think this author has so much experience and so many thoughts worth reading, that I am glad I read it. I would love to see more work as RYP continues to evolve as a writer, and I think that this collection stands as a testament to where the author has come from, the struggles faced, and paves the way for the road ahead.

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I hold a BA in English Writing and Literature, and I am passionate about storytelling and spreading book love every chance I can.

Synopsis

This book of poems depicts RYP's young adult life while absorbing the essence of others'. It is a roller coaster of emotions, as this book touches on several entertaining topics such as love, self-worth, forgiveness, resentment, femininity, the life of a Latina in the United States, among many other topics.

Sometimes pain does this to you; it makes you stronger and more beautiful than you have ever been before. It’s inevitable that doubt and pain still travel through my nervous system, but I’ve mastered the concept of facing my fears. Vulnerable when consumed by fear, stronger while facing them.



The Right of a Woman


I have been oppressed for hundreds of years.

I have held in my emotions and tears.

I am an emotional beautiful creature.

Look at my curves and my outstanding features.

I have a womb that procreates yet I have 

a portal to a man’s satisfaction.

I have gentle hands and a body that will 

make you tempt an action.

But that does not give you a reason to take advantage

Or to lock me down and keep me hostage.

For I have been rapped and tamed for hundreds of years. But I stand up to you for others like me because I am fierce. Do not take away my rights because I’m different.

Do not think that I lack experience because I look innocent. Do not make me nurture you as if I were your mother. Let’s not clash like lightning and thunder.

I do not exceed to be more powerful than you.

I only demand freedom and equality too.

That is my right.




About the author

RYP’s mission is to shed light on communities of color and encourage self-love practices that embrace mental health hygiene. While also promoting the arts. view profile

Published on May 08, 2020

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70000 words

Contains explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Poetry

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