Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Book Review: "deFragmentation" (R. Douglas Jacobs)

What is a poem except an extension of the soul that writes it?

No wonder so much poetry, whether historic or contemporary, free-form or stylized, is fraught with uncomfortable suspense, cathartic tension, and exploratory emotions. After all, what better medium with which to examine and encapsulate the highs and the lows of the human experience?

In that light, it's a great pleasure for me to introduce to you R. Douglas Jacobs's newest work, the free-form epic-length poem deFragmentation.

Part memoir, part epistle, part self-inquiry, the poem spans the fragmented memories, including both joys and regrets, of a long-term relationship the narrator had, and of that relationship's gradual decline and eventual conclusion. Each memory is delivered as a snippet, often out of order, as though the narrator is simply allowing to come to mind whatever his subconscious suggests.

These words are not for the faint of heart, by any means. The narrator recounts instances of close sexuality, betrayal, and abuse, just as often as (if not more often than) happier, more contented times. Themes explored throughout include, indeed, sexuality, depth of emotion, attachment, lust, love, desire, loss, grief, self-esteem, passion, sacrifice, and many more.

Beautiful, timeless, heartfelt, ruthlessly honest, shockingly intimate, and deeply vulnerable, deFragmentation is a spectacular work of insight into the human condition, the rise and fall of relationships, and the way a poetic narrative can not only draw out the poison from past emotional and psychological wounds but also cauterize those wounds to make them bearable, with the passage of time and the application of forgiveness.

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Author: R. Douglas Jacobs
Title: deFragmentation
ISBN: 978-1-50321-552-8
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the author in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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