NETA Beautiful Composition of Broken by R.H Sin
Published by Andrews McMeel Publishing
Expected publication 25 July 2017
430 pages

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I was given an ARC by the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.


R.h. Sin, bestselling author of the Whiskey, Words & a Shovel series, returns with a collection of poetry and prose meant to remind the wounded that they are, in fact, beautiful in a way society may never comprehend.

A Beautiful Composition of Broken is inspired by some of the events expressed artistically by Samantha King in the bestseller Born to Love, Cursed to Feel. It serves as a poetic documentary of the lives of people who have been mistreated, misunderstood, and wrongfully labelled in a way that limits them in this world. The author’s most personal volume yet, A Beautiful Composition of Broken builds a conceptual bridge between r.h. Sin’s earliest work and his forthcoming series, Planting Gardens in Graves.


From Intro

I took my expectations
and buried them all
at the bottom of the sea
because i alone
was never brave enough
to dive that deep


I thought A Beautiful Composition of Broken was okay but the collection did not live up to expectations created by his Whiskey Words & a Shovel series. The same themes appear here as his other collections; love, grief, human fragility, being fragile and simply being human and getting it right a lot and wrong a lot of the time as well. There are some really good poems here. What spoiled it for me a little is that there are several, quite angry poems dissing people Sin feels jealous of his success. This may work once in a wry, tongue-in-cheek kind of way, but done repeatedly comes across as petty and almost childish, like a baby stomping its feet and throwing a rattle at a wall. These poems left me cold and soured the whole collection. I would recommend Whiskey Words & a Shovel series but not A Beautiful Composition of Broken.  




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