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I Wrote This for You- A Unique Photographic and Poetic Journey.

Sara Pisak, Staff Writer

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I Wrote This for You combines the elements of photography and poetry into one collection by a person with the peculiar name “Please Find This”.

Speaking to an individual the author has lost, each page contains a photograph captioned with poetic verse. These photographs and captions are divided into four separate chapters: Sun, Moon, Stars and Rain. Not only are there four separate chapters included in the collection, there are also two separate and distinct emotions that this collection evokes: love and anger.

This is the type of book you read on a lazy Sunday afternoon, simple and non-complex. Now, do not get me wrong, this is not necessarily a negative description of the book.

The poems functioning as captions to the photographs are simple verses. At first, I found myself judging the text adversely based on its simplicity. The author is no E.E. Cummings, Emily Dickinson, or Allen Ginsburg.

This left me with the following thought: Should the entire book be appraised based on the lack of complexity in the poetry? The answer is no.

After some reconsideration on my part, the author is not claiming to be as great or even half as great as the classic poets mentioned. In fact, with a pseudonym such as “Please Find This,” the author is not claiming to be anyone. This brings the reader to the realization that the non-complicated poetry can be viewed as an ironic device to explain the intricate, complex pain that is associated with loss. Even the still-life photographs feature an abundance of life’s full emotions.

Although the verse may be simple, I Wrote This for You is a photographic and poetic journey through love, loss and every emotion in between.

The emotional accumulation leads the reader to the end of the compilation’s journey. With all this sentation building with each page, it seems that a logical conclusion would be the release of emotional tension or at least a viable answer as to the cause of the author’s agony and despondency.

Upon finishing this collection, I still do not know the answers to vital questions concerning this text. Who is the author? Who has he or she lost? What was the nature of their relationship? Why or how had their relationship been terminated? These are all questions the author does not answer.

Furthermore, the reader, left with very few clues, can only hypothesize possible answers.

One thing is clear: whether this two-fold artistic collection evokes deep-seated feelings of hope, of sadness, or of passion in the reader, the final pages should act as a catharsis.

Although it is unfair to judge the text based on its simplicity, the element that I Wrote This for You should be evaluated on is a lack of final cathartic, emotional release.

Since each page of photography and poetry brings forth a new sentiment, the collection at times seems strung together and lacks cohesion.

From beginning to end, the author is experiencing confusion and loss. As a reader along for the emotional rollercoaster ride, you too will be unable to resolve your attitude of confusion before the concluding page.

I Wrote This for You is a unique journey that comes with a dual-edged sword: abundance of beautiful, expressive emotion with no resolution.

 

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