With a heart full of love, Author Kara Petrovik conveys a tender and delicate demeanor in her emotio
Beyond Rock Bottom by Kara Petrovic
Reviewed by Realistic Poetry International
Kara Petrovic’s Beyond Rock Bottom is like bittersweet tears flowing from a wounded, open heart made up of countless heartbreaks and hopeless disappointments, in a world, her world, where the gift of love isn’t nearly equally reciprocated or given as it should.
With a heart full of love, the Author conveys a tender and delicate demeanor but is firm and bold in revealing her intimate identity and private truth, even when she admits to selflessly giving her all while being led to jump off a cliff for a person who deliberately refuses to ever do the same. Author Kara Petrovic writes about this disturbing reality and says,
“I loved you so much I would have done anything you asked, so when you asked me to dive into the ocean, I did, even though I was afraid….”
She finishes this thought and says, “But when I asked for you to come with me you said you wouldn’t dream of it….”
Deprived of the very love she is so willing to freely give; this revelation clearly puts into perspective the sheer sadness and cynicism essential to this books tone and theme.
There are poems such as “On Thorns” that portray Petrovic’s external superficial happiness due to the neglect of her spouse by using allegorical metaphors such as;
“I sew my lips into a smile,” and “…pull out my lungs, laying them out like lovely flowers…”
Both, aching metaphors painful for the mind to imagine and also symbols of the facade she attempts to maintain as a “cover-up” for the outside.
The theme of the “thorn stuck in her leg,” which Petrovic uses repetition to emphasize and illustrate, points out the unyielding torment she endures as her uncompassionate spouse carelessly and shamelessly adds to the sharp pain throbbing through her distressed soul.
In one piece entitled, “On Forgetting,” Petrovic magnifies and compares this noxious love to the fatal scent of poison, divulging the true character and disdainful nature of someone she once believed when told, “a dandelion grows through anything…”
Nonetheless, with a sincere change of heart, she considers the wistful thought and concludes by saying, “I am tired of dreaming of you,” merely exhausted of illusory fantasies, appealing chimera’s, and falsified words.
Though a great part of this collection is painted in blues, charming, fairy-tale-like melancholic ensembles such as “Of the Flowers” are written like allegoric riddles, using the power of personification and figurative language to effectively characterize the person and their emotions. Its essence captures the classic portrait of a, “fading beauty,” and represents the deterioration of life as the old withering rose is stripped of its petals until there’s absolutely nothing left, except an “old stem bristling with thorns.”
There are plenty of poems that recall the Author’s past self, telling of the perilous silence that confined her in a quiet, dark prison for far too long. Author Kara Petrovic describes living this way as, “suffocating from the inside out,” in her poem, “Little Gardens.”
The poem “Little Wolves” appears to illustrate an example of her surrendering to this bleak hopelessness, as she is “certain a fight has begun,” though she openly admits it is one battle she’s definitely willing to lose.
Petrovic’s cold, icy words are hollow, defining her emptiness, and at times, disconnected, as she grows closer and closer to giving up on life, and herself. As powerful as it is disheartening, realities such as suicide and other dangerous thoughts and outcomes can be easily interpreted by these few words;
“…I am alive. But only by appearances, for all intents and purposes I have long since been dead and remain a shadow amongst the living.”
But through it all, love, as always, makes its grand appearance toward the latter section of the book titled, “For Love Itself, Part IV,” in the rejuvenated poem, Winter.
Contrary to the title of this poem, the warm and intense brilliance of summer finally melts away the frozen ice from Petrovic’s shivering, gelid heart when she meets someone who, to her surprise, helps restore and rebuild a love she had told herself was, impossible. She says;
“Love heals all. Love overcomes all. And though you cannot love someone’s illness away, sometimes it is best to love them at all.”
This final section of the book concludes with a series of poems that express an evolution and growth concerning the Author’s mentality and mindset, demonstrating a better and more confident understanding of herself, good and bad, and also a sense of courage as she speaks out about some of the most painful traumas and experiences she’s had to endure. Surely, Petrovic’s genuineness and sincerity will touch someone, somewhere, as it has so done for us.
We are glad to present this book with a 5-star rating and believe it is an intense emotional capsule of the inevitable adversity life bears; no matter what, no matter who, no matter where- no one is immune.
Well done, Kara! Bravo!
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