It is always comforting to find a safe harbor in literature. To have your feelings validated by it. And "freebird" does that for you. "freebird" dances through topics from relationships, the passing of time, self-love, self-judgment, the image myth, trust, betrayal, liberation, and ultimately freedom. The poetry book culminates with the poem titled "freebird". The freebird is one who sees through the human illusion and casts off the delusions of ego, societal expectation, and self-criticism. It does all this to finally be able to fly.
The writing style of "freebird" is straightforward, sincere, and refreshing. The poems are completely free of irony, snark, cynicism, pop culture references, and all of the other affectations that have plagued 21st-century writing. There is no political message, overt or veiled. "freebird" is not about the failings of society, but rather about the human condition.
"freebird" is not afraid to plumb the depths of despair and disillusionment, and yet there is a spirit of optimism that undergirds the entire work: despite its hardships and disappointments, human life is beautiful — and worth living.
Freebird is a nice, mostly lighthearted read for everyone. The poems are short and not overly complicated, which can be refreshing in these times of uncertainty. In other words, it’s a good quarantine read.
Freebird is divided into six parts: life, time, humanity, relationships, mind, and self-love. Some poems have a universal message, but most feel like a glimpse into the writer’s mind and life. Poems like that of “Existence” exemplify the universal feeling of tiredness. On the other hand, poems like “Fog” have that air of childhood nostalgia, a yearning for simpler times.
I don’t usually read books of poetry, but I chose this one for a change in my reading diet and am glad I did. The pages themselves are pleasant surprises with their doodles and sketches as visuals for the topic in each poem. The doodles range from cute to fun to silly to sometimes serious, adding to the overall entertainment aspect of the book.
My eyes would occasionally drift to those doodles while reading, but it’s best to really examine them after reading each poem to fully appreciate them. It kept me engaged, that’s for sure. As for the written content, that also kept me engaged and wanting to read more, even after I’d made it to the last page of the book.
There were so many themes I could relate to that she’d written about. Poems covering themes like anxiety, not fitting in, feeling simultaneously like there’s too much or not enough time, and the journey of navigating adulthood. For example, in “Ambush,” the verse “Mind filled with endless questions and worries preventing you from ever feeling a sense of security” especially resonated with me. I couldn’t have phrased that any better myself.
Of course, most of the poems are on a lighter note, so I think everyone can find something within this book of poetry they can connect with, no matter if they’re young or old.
I like to write about a wide range of topics, but I'd also like to write more about books that have impacted me. Reading is close to my heart, so it would bring me joy to guide others toward good reads and hidden gems.