Deconstructed: A Poetic Journey Through Abuse to Discovery

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At the age of eighteen, I met the man who would spend the next two decades abusing me in every imaginable way. It would take almost 20 years before I would finally understand that I was a traumatized and battered woman. What helped me finally understand this was poetry. These poems represent my journey from a woman who believed his every abuse was her fault to a woman ready to claim her life.
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About AJ Rico

A.J. Rico’s career has been spent in the mastery of being a jack of all trades. When not writing, A.J. is a professional student and holds a B.S in management, an M.B.A., and is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing.

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Review by: W.A, STOFER on June 30, 2016 :
Let me ask this, how many will catch the dissembled Adler? I love theme poetry as many people do, but when you can read artistic expression from that person, and are drawn into their world, they have succeeded as a poet. As far as the back story, i enjoy a scene being set, this places the reader in the act with the teller. I read her entire work and saw what she saw, felt what she felt, I would read more of her work. Bravo!~W.A.STOFER
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Review by: C.M. Yuhr on June 27, 2016 :
Rhyming style is elementary. Patterns and meter drone on after a while. Had to quit reading 1/3 of the way through the book. For the topic, definitely not as sophisticated as it should be. Definitely not the best I've read.
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Review by: G.D. Master on June 14, 2016 :
Deconstructed by AJ Rico is a collection of contemporary, rhyming poetry. The poems are written with a combination of line and stanza breaks along with convenient punctuation. The line and stanza breaks, white space if you like, are quite clever and make for some interesting reading. The book starts off well and draws the reader in, but it begins to wane when the meter and rhyme test a reader’s endurance. Sing song patterns aside, the large amount of poetry in this book may either become difficult for people searching for something uplifting or inspirational for victims of spousal abuse. The author spends most of her time writing about being trapped in her own feelings of guilt, disdain, and hope of a better future. A work of dedicated confessional poetry, this book exposes some concerns about dysfunctional marriages in the twenty-first century and reveals the therapeutic power of poetry.
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Review by: Malcolm Torres on June 10, 2016 :
Usually I don't like when the author writes an introduction to a book of poems and when I saw this book had an introduction I almost skipped it, I almost didn't want to read this book. I thought, can't these poems stand on their own? Why does the author need to explain them before I even read them. But I'm glad I read the intro and the poems, what a powerful collection. I was in an abusive relationship for many years and I can really relate to many of the images, the thoughts, the mental traps the author fell into for so many years. One after another there are biting and deep phrases and rhymes in this book, one that really hit me was this:

Where a father's silence
is really passive violence

That was powerful. The titles of the poems (Fried, Slave, Whore, Pressure . . . ) hint at the themes the author explores. A great book of poems, and I'm glad the author escaped from the abuse.
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