Cosmic Love

Rated 4.50/5 based on 2 reviews
Solemn and dreamlike, Cosmic Love paints a vivid image of love and hurt in the wake of an unknowable future. An infusion of science and magic, heart and mind, this poetry collection rains down its verses like stars. Cosmic Love is nothing short of inspiring with its dark, imaginative romances. More
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About S. M. Shuford

An anomaly of stardust, S.M. Shuford was once a fairytale witch, but found keeping to the diet to be too taxing. An artist, writer and award-winning book critic, she labels her work as a whole "dream horror", but dabbles in many genres of books for older teens and adults. Shuford's poetry and reviews have appeared in Realistic Poetry International, Infernal Ink and Radium Piano Band, among other publications.
She is an advocate for human rights, awareness of mental illness and mental health.

Shuford's books are available in digital and print in over 50 countries, at most major online retailers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Rakuten Kobo and Smashwords. You can also follow her on Goodreads, Tumblr @ambientheaven and her blog, Blood Red Velvet.

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About the Series: S.M. Shuford Poetry Collection
The S.M. Shuford Poetry Collection is the saga of a youth in poetry, from the bittersweet and melancholy to the kind reveries, and even to where the darkest, most hellish depths of the self play.

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Edward Drobinski reviewed on April 15, 2020

Got my interest on line one, and never let go.
(review of free book)
Alexandra Robinson Gantt reviewed on Feb. 16, 2018
(no rating)
The first poem is interesting. It could be adapted and used as song lyrics.
(review of free book)
S Kennex reviewed on Feb. 16, 2018

Traditionally, haikus are a short snapshot of poetry, three lines of poetry, sometimes with the last line meaning nothing and having no relation to the first two lines. A traditional Japanese form of poetry, usually in one singular vertical line, the English counterpart of haikus takes the above aforementioned three line stanza in parallel to the traditional three Japanese verses.

In the first poem, “Cosmic Love”, Shuford has taken this tradition and turned it, in form, on its head. With two poems, all made up of simple three line haikus, they tell a story from the starting line of the first haiku, to the ending line of the last. Shuford’s words paint a picture that dance across my mind, flashing glimpses of colour across my irises and bringing me into a world of some kind of twisted, dark fantasy world that is as beautiful as it is dangerous. It haunts me, even now whilst I write this review, and makes me long for a novel based around this.

Within the second poem, “Parasite of the Sun”, the haikus don’t flow as they did in the first. More, they seem to be snapshots of the previous world, things turning dark. The images became less dangerously beautiful and more dangerous, more twisted as things fell apart, and I was left with my mouth hanging open slightly. Although definitely not my favourite of the two poems, “Parasite of the Sun” holds a lot of meaning that many people can definitely relate to.

A solid four star read, I definitely cannot wait for the rest of what Shuford has to offer to the world of indie poetry. This merely touches, I’m sure, only the surface of talent Shuford has, and I’m sure that they will make a definite impression on the indie poetry scene, possibly later on in their career, but for now? Shuford has made a definite impression on me, and I’m definitely interested in what Shuford is going to come out with in the future, and I will definitely be keeping an eye on their releases.

For those who love dark fantasy in their poetry, or perhaps a helping of slight underlying fear, this is perfect, and I definitely recommend it to you.
(review of free book)

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