In her debut book of poetry, K. Desiree Milwood has created a pithy collection of short poems. Relying on haiku and senryu, two poetic structures that exact concise language and precise imagery, Milwood skillfully uses such structures to illustrate the prism of an intimate relationship. At times introspective and intimate, the reader’s head and heart are brought into her world. Neither sappy nor saccharine, her eloquent epiphanies and lamentations can be found throughout several of her haikus: “Showed you my hands, said/I have no tricks and hid my/heart behind my back,” “Archaeology/He dug in my soul to see/what I was made of” and “I want to kiss you/between your eyebrows and all/your inhibitions.” Other poems speak with lilted humor such as “I know God has a/plan for me but His poker/face is serious” and “Does my name come up/in your prayers as much as/it does your gossip?” In all, Milwood’s anecdotal writing gives food for thought. Her first book is a quick read in terms of page count, but not in content.
Poems for My Namesake is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.