The Light within our Shadowed Minds
Outskirts Press (2010)
Reviewed by William Phenn for Reader Views (2/11)
From the window in his room, the author sees the world and expresses it as he envisions it. Not always as pleasant as he would have liked, he talks about his childhood and the way he wished it had been. In “Father Could You,” he asks his father to make time for him, to answer questions from a young, inquisitive mind. Not having the luxury of an answer flows right along into such verse as, “Lost.” Here, the author reveals the hurt and loneliness of not being like other children.
The book continues to explore the options he had while in his room. Books, which lined his shelves, could take him many places – far away from his lonely existence. They opened doors to places he could visit with his mind, away from the shadows. In the shadows, his demons would taunt him, whispering to him and trying to lure him in. In the shadows, his mind fought the battle of good and evil but he could not deny the comforts of the dark side.
The author is a misfit; he lives a lonely life that does not conform to any standard. He would like to fit in, he wants to belong; but his mindset won’t allow it. He feels banished from society, shunned by love and the comfort of feminine companionship. He seems to take it all in stride with the last chapter that mentions his writings as being, “ramblings, whining and truly random thought.”
I tend to agree with the author as to this being a book of, “ramblings, whining and random thought.” He writes his thoughts, but sometimes those thoughts are so confusing that even he can’t explain them. I enjoy a dark write, when I can make some sense out of it. In this case, most of it was exactly as the author himself calls it, “ramblings.” The 197 pages were not easy to read at times and some of the verse was a bit hard to follow so I could only give it a C on my academic scale. “The Light within our Shadowed Minds” is general audience reading and there is nothing that would keep it from being read by teens, except maybe parents.