I got the opportunity to read an ARC of poet Bill Weber’s new book “Choosing Me: Love Letters from a Poet.” I first would like to thank the author and his marketing assistant for allowing me the opportunity to read and review this heartwarming book.
Typically, this is not a typical book I would reach for but I still very much enjoyed the experience of reading it. I generally look for three things when reading poetry; 1. Emotional history 2. Good writing and mostly importantly, 3. Enjoyment
In the introduction of the book, Weber allows us to see a bit into his mind and how he got into poetry. It’s a lovely story of his wife’s encouragement. While the poetry itself mainly consists of sensuality and praising the people you love, the introduction is endearing and utterly charming.
From a writer’s standpoint, the writing was impeccable. The prose and word flow was consistent and lovely on the eyes. I will add, there is some repetition throughout the poems but I chopped it up to be all apart of a theme of praise and passion.
The biggest thing when reading is whether or not I enjoy the experience. I’ve read books with horrible writing that I loved and books with beautiful, perfect writing I couldn’t finish. I said before, this isn’t something I would normally choose for myself. I stray away from pure romance. BUT… this book got the better of me, imagining it as what it presents itself as, love letters made the story incredibly pure despite its tendency to dip into an almost erotic nature.
Overall, I’d give this book a 5/5 for romantic beings and couples to buddy read. As for my own situation a 4 or a 4.5 heart rating. It’s a lovely collection of poetry for the inner romantic in you, that sappy romantic just isn’t me.