The Eclectic Collection: A Treasure Chest of Talent

Greetings everyone! Queen here. In honor of National Poetry Month, I extended an invitation to people who have read any of my poetry to stop by. One of the first people to respond is here today. So, readers, please extend a royal welcome to Synful Desire.

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Hello, Awesome Readers of A Queen’s Ramblings! My name is Synful Desire. When Queen extended the invitation to talk about her poetry in honor of National Poetry Month, I was more than happy to oblige.

Queen has written four poetry books: Reflections of Soul, the Eclectic collection (Skin Edition and Beyond the Skin), Spaded Truths: Themes and Proclamations, and Private Pain: Amidst These Ashes. She has also been featured in Soulful Branches: Words and Sounds, Words of Fire and Ice, and The Sea of Conscience.

Today, I want to talk about what I consider is a “Treasure Chest of Talent”—a “missed marvel” that more people should check out.

Although one book (“Beyond the Skin”) has a short story in it and one book doesn’t (“Skin Edition”), since the part I speak of is in both of them, I will just refer to the Eclectic collection without making the distinction.

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The Eclectic collection may be a bit on the long side, as far as poetry collections are concerned. Significantly longer than Reflections of Soul and a bit bulkier than Spaded Truths: Themes and Proclamations, the Eclectic collection provides something for everyone—from the shorter poems (senryus) to thoughtful proses. It is a showcase into the different sections of Queen of Spades’ mind that has an ebb and flow of loss and love, tragedy and triumph.

This is a collection that is, in poetic terms, “getting slept on”. Even the different sections—Epidermis, Dermis, and Hypodermis—have their own introductions, thick with meaning.

My favorite section that can speak to all audiences, whether you are a poetry connoisseur or a casual poetry reader, is the prose/monologue section “Hypodermis”. Each prose either spotlights an issue, or gives some food for thought:

In “Shaming”, the issue of slut shaming is brought to the surface through a story of a girl named Akira, new to the city, excited about her new job.

With “Slogan Enslavement”, divided into different acts, it explores a day in the life of anyone dealing with customer service.

“Tiger” gives you a glimpse of what remains after a person has been through a tumultuous relationship.

From “Tiger”:

Yet, you look at me and see misery.
I look at me and see a world of progress.
Be patient and be thankful.
Because I’ve been assassinated and resurrected.
Dealing with that damned TIGER.

“Rearview” is a jab towards those who second guess letting a loved one go.

There are six more, in addition to those I’ve outlined. 10 Monologues of Meaning, or 10 Proses of Power. Whatever you wish to deem them, the words and images remain long after you’ve closed the Eclectic collection.

The Eclectic collection possesses stanzas for the multitude. I am certain that even if you don’t tend to read poetry, this is work that has a contemporary classic ambiance. For people who raved over Reflections of Soul, you will do it once more for Eclectic, no matter which book in the collection you choose.

There are those who were born with talent, and those who learn the craft with time. Queen of Spades’ poetry—the power, the rhythm, the imagery—tells me she was just born that way.

Queen, thanks for having me.

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Poet, short story writer, and aspiring novelist. This blog details my writing journey and everything in between: supporting other writers, doing a feature column and serving as editor-in-chief for All Authors Magazine Online.

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