ARC Review — Postcards from Beyond

  • Title: Postcards from Beyond Reality: The Selected Poems of Michael Daniels
  • Author: Bernard Jan
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages: 85 pages
  • Publication date: March 20, 2022

Thank you, Bernard Jan, for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for a fair review!

Postcards from Beyond Reality follows Michael Daniels from Cruel Summer. The seventeen-year-old writes poetry about his time in New York. It’s a cool extension to have a character write their own book and expand the story a bit more.

The poems aren’t set off into any various sections, but they all feel connected. Even though I haven’t read Cruel Summer, I still feel like I got a sense of the character and what he’s going through. If you’ve read Cruel Summer and enjoyed it, you will love this book.

The longer poems that dived more into his thoughts stood out the most to me. My favorites were “lIFE,” “iN sEARCH OF THE sUN,” and “dEATH cAN dANCE.” The character made some cool connections and thought-provoking images with his words.

My main critique is that some of the poems were not as strong and didn’t bring as much to the collection as others did. Those were usually the shorter ones.

Overall, I loved the concept of this collection, and I enjoyed reading it.

Score: 7.9/10
Average rating on Goodreads: 4.7/5

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