Thank you to the author for providing me with the book in exchange for my honest opinion. Poems Inspired by True Love is available now.
Some of you who may have noticed the author’s name might be wondering, “Wait- is it that Marcus Lee?” Yup, Poems Inspired by True Love is penned by none other than fantasy writer Marcus Lee, author of The Gifted and the Cursed series and The Mountain of Souls. While romantic poetry is a far cry from the gritty and nuanced fantasy I’m used to from Marcus Lee, it works. This is a versatile author and I am extremely impressed.
One thing that has stood out to me with his fantasy is Marcus’ ability to take the smallest thing and turn it into something deep. Nowhere is this on display as much as it is in Poems Inspired by True Love. This collection follows different stages of romantic love. From infatuation to physical love and love that delights in the everyday experiences with another person, all is included. This isn’t the musings of a surface-level relationship. These show a deepening affection and appreciation for a loved one.
The poems themselves are beautifully written. One thing I loved is the variety of form. They weren’t all written in the same way and while they shared a common thread, they changed from page to page, keeping things fresh. The arrangement of the poems themselves within the book is important. If it had been done poorly, I think the collection itself would have felt clunky. Instead, it flowed well and painted a picture of a complete relationship.
I don’t read too much romantic poetry (I don’t read too much romantic anything, oddly) but I loved Poems Inspired by True Love. I appreciated that not all poems rhymed. I know that’s a weird thing to point out, but importance was placed more on cadence and meaning than on the rhyme scheme and it makes a huge difference. The poems that rhymed did so with reason. Nothing was accidental.
While I liked all the poems, I did have some favorites. I loved “Never Far”, a shorter, sweet poem about having a loved one always in your thoughts. It was relatable and simply written, which made it all the more beautiful. My absolute favorite, however, is “Evolution”. I loved the way it described a love that has grown, shifted, and become stronger and even deeper with time. It made me think of my own relationship with my husband. It’s a lovely homage to the author’s loved one.
This collection surprised and delighted me. Poems Inspired by True Love would be a great gift to a loved one. Marcus Lee pens the words that many of us think, but aren’t able to say.