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Review: Into Oblivion - Chloe Frayne

Genre: Poetry Published: Self-published, february 2018 My Rating: 4/5 stars

Love is falling upwards...

It was by pure chance that this little poetry collection came on my path, but I’m very happy that it did at this very moment in time. It was the stunning cover and the title that drew me in and the first poem that plunged me into the depth of its tiny fraction of a sea of emotions.

Into Oblivion is a collection with love at its core. Not necessarily ”falling in love”, or even just romantic love, nor the kind of puppy love that leaves butterflies in your stomach. This collection, to me, spoke about the deeper kind of love. The kind that is reserved for only a very select few that feel like vital elements of your universe. The kind that makes you feel equal parts happy and desperate, safe and fearful, filled to the brim and empty; Containing infinities…

Chloe Frayne translates these feelings into beautiful metaphors onto the pages, and despite sometimes “stating the obvious” or becoming a little too sentimental for my taste, she hits the nail on the head quite some times in this collection. Based on those sections, this could have been a 5-star read for me. Unfortunately, my rating is brought down a little by the middle part of the collection, that didn’t quite have the seem impact on me. I realize I can be quite iffy about poetry, especially modern poetry. I either love it with all my heart, or it does nothing for me at all. While the former was the case for the first and last chapter, the latter was the case for the part in the middle. Into Oblivion is divided into 5 parts: 3,2,1…, Atmosphere, Kármán, the Company of Stars and Oblivion. 3,2,1 and Oblivion were by far my favorites and easy five stars. Atmosphere and Kármán felt a little less profound and a little more sentimental and were therefore disappointing to me, in comparison.

Despite this, like I mentioned, I was extremely happy that this book found its way to my library by chance. I hope it’ll do the same for more poetry-lovers in the future, as it would be a true shame for this beautiful piece of writing to get lost in its own little oblivion.

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