By: Paul Kiritsis
Publication Date: March 2009
Reviewed by: Lauren E. Victor
Review Date: June 1, 2009
Paul Kiritsis surely has traveled the depths of his soul to create his latest poetry collection, Fifty Confessions. For the reader who does not shy away from the dark corners of the human condition and from the exposure of raw emotion, Fifty Confessions will probably be appealing.
Quite bravely, Kiritsis leads the book with a confession in itself, sharing his personal crisis filled with serious physiological debilitation. The allopathic medical profession could not provide him with any diagnoses to his ailments, with most doctors decreeing him in good health, suggesting that perhaps his subconscious was merely running him down. Each poem unravels a thread of his internal suffering, perhaps therapeutic to his own healing process and even comforting to those who face similar demons.
As we travel the depths of his troubles, we experience a beautiful interweaving of Greek mythology, modern day life, dreams and nightmares. From pleas:
Upon me, Lord,
For no amount
Deserves a punishment
That is this
I reside in.
To often harsh analyses of others that brim with truth:
There’s some fungal megalomania
Growing in your cerebral cortex;
Don’t get too ahead of yourself.
Your strings are being pulled
By significant others,
And you’ll only ever shine
For as long as the brain police so desire!
Without a doubt, Kiritsis writes poetry with intensity. His intimate words can jump off the page in moments like this when:
I scream and scream,
And nobody will believe me
When I tell them
What it’s like for a blind man
To finally see without seeing
And come to grips
With spiritual madness,
Which will be
The mainstream common sense
And ruin of the world some day.
Fifty Confessions can jump around quite a bit, leaving us to catch up to the next thought. The collection will not appeal to everyone; don’t pick it up if you want a flowing river that sparkles of nature or love poems. But it probably will appeal to the minds that enjoy following the twisting paths of word and mind play of dark places, and the balance of ancient myths versus modern day stories.
Quill Says: A dark poetic confessional, raw and intriguing.
For more information on Fifty Confessions, please visit the author's website at: Paul Kiritsis.com.