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OVERLORD by Jorie Graham

Posted in reviewku: plunder, adult fiction, reviewku: poetry (all)


War, peace, history.

Tragedy, battle, truth, hope.

Weighted word poems.


Nitty Gritty:



First person point of view

Vivid images

Heavy with grief

Weighted by tragedy

Themes of war and peace, history, battles, despair, fear, hope

Specific poetic devices used include: enjambment, surprising line breaks, floating words, italics, white space, imagery, strong word choices, occasional slant rhymes — sometimes too many poetic devices per page?

Stark, raw emotion

Strong word choices convey maximum visual, emotion, visceral impact

Every single word carries a world weight of meaning