Today, I will be reviewing The Poems of Robin R Rabii which was an OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day for June 1st, 2017.
About the Book
The Great Architect of All Reality, another name for the unknown source that created the foundation for existence, had the wherewithal or playfulness to riddle creation with an eclectic mix of contradictory forces in humans and nature. In its infinite wisdom or ultimate boredom, the Architect instructed evolution to create humans … and some say this act added stupidity to the divine designer’s mix!
While stupidity serves a critical role in helping us discern the behaviors that stall our climb up the evolutionary ladder, it is the active pursuit of connection, one of the Architect’s “hidden” ingredients, that allows us to scale the ladder of evolution with speed and begin reconciling the appearance of differences between us. Connection exposes the illusions of separation and provides the opportunity to reunite diametrically opposed perspectives we inherit or acquire through our social, cultural, religious, and ethnic conditioning.
The poems in this book are the insightful expressions of an author who is passionate about creating harmony between humans, the most complex of the Architect’s riddles. Through his words, the author attempts to elevate and worship the ordinary moments in life; expose the poisons in becoming a political or religious ideologue; explore the strained relationship between the intellect and the heart; ponder the cosmic aspects of patriotism; reveal the invisible demons of love; and convey sensitive, but instructive, snippets about race and color. Mixed in with these thought-provoking utterances is the author’s ailing sense of humor, offering the opportunity to view serious matters through the lens of comedy.
Through the solemn and amusing prose, there is an opportunity to begin new conversations that may help us acknowledge and, through introspection, challenge our silent conditioning—a first step in finding the keys to meaningful connection and harmony in all human affairs.
The cover for this book was immediately captivating and really hooked me into wanting to read more. I was excited to pick it up and hopeful that it would be full of some amazing poetry, and to a small extent I wasn't let down. The problem I ran into was that a lot of the poems weren't amazing. They were okay, but they didn't really suck me in with either the language or the content.
I enjoy reading poetry and didn't really find any major problems with this, except maybe that it got a little bit wordy and tried too hard to sound clever, but it never really lived up to my expectations of it. I suppose I wanted a little more sci fi and storytelling, and it just didn't really have that.
I'll rate this volume a 4 out of 5 stars because it had a few poems that I truly enjoyed, including The Promise of America, but I think some of them also got repetitive and a little bit boring. There were some good ideas and a lot of strong selling points, but it felt sort of weak when all was said and done.