Dystopia and Derelict Dreams by Arvyn Cerézo

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Goodreads Rating: 4.53 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: Poetry

Publication Date: September 15th 2017

Publisher: Londonderry Press

Illustrated by: Dessa Mae Jacobe


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Arvyn Cerézo’s debut poetry collection delves into the complexities of difficult themes such as death, depression, loss, and suburbia living. Often contemplative and questioning, the collection also explores the intricacies of neo diaspora and how it saves the poet’s life.

With poems written in short narrative verses, Dystopia and Derelict Dreams mostly tackles an important phase of being human—finding oneself after losing the sense of self-identity.

My Review:

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ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Dystopia and Derelict Dreams is a beautiful poetry collection. I love the words flowed naturally and each poems are genuinely straightforward. You’ll know if a poetry collection is good if majority of the poems stirred your emotions and in this case, it did. It’s relatable, poignant and I crave for more. The illustrations are great too and I like its simplicity. I only wish this collection is longer and I really want more.

My favorite poems are: That’s Why I Left, Catching Feelings, Nothing Is Permanent Except Change and Pieces of Advice. This collection is a must read and I recommend it. Congratulations Arvyn and Dessa for a job well done! Keep it up guys!



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