Songs From A Lost Heart: (A Collection of Original Lyric Poetry) by Author Edwin Betancourt
Reviewed by Realistic Poetry International
Edwin Betancourt's Songs From a Lost Heart is a funeral rite for a romance that's turned to ashes, a journey of love, hurt and discovery as the heart’s wounds heal.
It can be hard to translate the emotions certain books give off into descriptions that do them justice. In the best way I can muster to put it, there is a quiet, private sense of sorrow throughout this collection that verges on the edge of serenity.
It's a feeling like acceptance, or perhaps a deeper understanding of something that should have been clear but was obscured by wishes and intentions that didn't play out how you wanted them to.
Songs From a Lost Heart has the same beautiful yet melancholy loneliness of watching skylines, city lights pulsing in the indigo of dusk, while you stand on the outside, apart from it all. Alone with new and daunting horizons to face ahead of you.
The author's poems are described quite well in one of their titles, "High-Low". Love into heartbreak, depression into mania, there is always a heavy fluctuation between two extremes. I appreciated that about it. That really seems to be the way with personal struggles in general, rising in distress only to fall into an abyss. Love can be the antidote to its own poison, and I think Betancourt conveys that very well.
"Deep within the roots, you're hiding inside.
I'm in love with Dr. Jekyll & Hyde.
I refuse to see the bigger picture,
My heart's not broken it is just sutured.
Everyone's jealous of our love so true,
But I don't think there's any love from you."
-from "Dr. Jekyll & Hyde"
This collection is much like a songbook, too, and wavers in that area between structured rhyme and free verse like a lot of song lyrics tend to. My personal favourite pieces were the dark, moody "In My Dream" and "Time Kills". "Trap of Love" also stands out as being an excellent, vivid piece of writing. Though Songs From a Lost Heart is not a long book, there is so much emotion put into its pages, good and bad, that it can be quite the roller coaster.
While I enjoyed the book, on a technical level, I did notice some odd grammatical typos, like words mashed together, but fortunately these aren't frequent and could be cleaned up, if they aren't intentional to leave the poetry more fluid and raw. Either way, I don't feel like this small issue is enough to distract readers, when otherwise, the book is solid.
You can hear the beating of the heart within Betancourt's poems, even as it cracks in two. This is truly an honest effort. Not a word of Songs From a Lost Heart does not feel genuine, and more importantly, it feels meaningful, full of purpose from the pen of the author and to the mind of the reader. I would definitely recommend this one with a four out of five stars.
Songs From A Lost Heart: (A Collection of Original Lyric Poetry)