An Alterable Void breaks across three distinct sections, mind, love and misery. The author, Yves K. Morrow delves deep into the fissures and crevasses of her mind, though at first dipping slow into waters still present beneath the Sun. A fluidity soon envelopes within a struggle between the deep and the shallows, taking one to depths in the darkness before racing to the surface to be caught by a riptide and taken below again. Like drowning and then fighting for each gasp of air upon surfacing, you’ll feel oxygen deprivation, the bends, light headedness, along with both desperation and exhilaration with in the minds synapse.
As a collection of poems, each ropes you in a different way, to then release, but sometimes you wonder when that release might come. Love, the second part to the tale, yes I think the whole book could be categorised as a story, possibly an autobiography of the author in poem form with little held back. Starting out caged, stale and stifled this soon transforms into a fight for love to live and breathe life across ink and folded pages, to then lapse again in a ride between troughs and crests in its engagement. While both stealing earth and reaching for the sky, Love sets about to devour in good measure, mind, body and soul. Misery is an unusual way to welcome a third act to this tale. The first two acts, Mind and Love are full of struggles and triumphs, the third, Misery, is weighty, a heavy ballast to ships on a storm bent sea. Like a poison misery seeps slow building into a flood where dry bones perish to carry as wind blown dust and rust, decay, bleed heavy from the soul.
The third act is confronting, dripping in revelations, much sorrow and pain. One hopes the author can escape, throw the returning boomerang above the waiting birds and take flight on the wing to flea her yard and defy the gravity misery heralds before her. An Alterable Void holds a reader to the end and explores many facets to life’s hard and good moments to life and relationships. Being a gloomy winter’s Sunday here in the tropics the poems and verse fitted the conditions. I highly recommend the above book, it will not disappoint in it’s depth and breadth on the exploration, discussion in each act on Mind, Love and Misery.