Prime Poems
by Alison Fromager
AuthorHouse UK

"We all know right from wrong
Better yourself and see
We could all be very happy
And live the life that we are all meant to lead."

Though Fromager’s poetry consists of a simple structure and no consistent rhyme scheme, it brings up pertinent questions that humans, by nature, shy away from. In “What If,” for example, she focuses on making choices and the occasional haunting aftermath that leaves the individual playing back the events over and over, wondering what they could have done differently. Authenticity exudes from these poems as the reader journeys through themes of pain, loss, self-awareness, and, ultimately, healing.

Using narrative free verse, the ever-reflective and thought-provoking “So Much Anger,” explores modern conundrums such as seeing the human race as one unified race rather than the divisive species we have become. Through the lens of destructive events like September 11th and school shootings, Fromager highlights humanity as broken and in need of a break from the “Busy World” to internalize the kind of chaos the world has become. In particular, poems like “Freak” and “A Prisoner” are especially captivating because of their exploration of one’s body as it becomes less a vehicle of love and peace and more a prison of disease, despair, and, finally, decay.

“Shoreline,” on the contrary, brings the themes full circle, depicting the beach as a meditative, cathartic experience of searching and truth. An awakening of sorts is occurring within the speaker of “Shoreline” that audiences will immediately connect with. Overall, Fromager’s work touches on common themes found in poetry but makes them her own by infusing pure feeling into her work and delving into difficult, but necessary subjects that plague today’s society.

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