Angels Always Near: A Poetry Collection

Genre: Poetry
$1.99

Book Summary

The Angels Always Near poetry collection offers an experimental take on the timeless emotions of adolescence, capturing moments of imagination and being while exploring the universal theme of love through emotional wordscapes. In this re-edited collection, the mysteries of teenage love and ideals of beauty are filtered through a mature adult perspective, bringing readers a new interpretation. The Angels Always Near is a refreshing journey through teenage eyes and the surprising truths that they can hold in explaining the world around them.

Testimonials

Denise Alicea has created a book that embodies the poetry lover. Angels Always Near is a brief collection of a little over 30 poems, many of which read as short stories in verse instead of explorations of abstract personal emotions or discussions of ideas. It is aimed towards young adults and the theme is angels, applied interchangeably throughout the poems to literal supernatural beings and to human souls. Sometimes the line between the two is vague, giving a cloudy, dream-like feel to the poems. Although most of the pieces tie into the angels/soul theme, a few relate to friendship, sadness, and memories. A slight Celtic tone threads into the collection, lending a musical, almost eerie ambiance to several of the poems, including Tatiana, but the majority feel paranormal and more modern.

Denise Alicea has a gentle, unassuming style of writing and I found Angels Always Near a likable set of poems. The overall mood was wistful, tending towards somber. The poems are definitely youthful in their high-flown idealism, and deal tenderly with situations (whether shown as abstract emotions or as a short story narrative) of love, longing, idealism, loneliness, and respect for the earth around us. Notable poems include: The Angel That Flew Away With Our Hearts; Gaia; Watching You; Knowledge; Scars; and Soul Friend. There’s the occasional exquisite phrase or imagery (as in Gaia, “The glow of the earth so bright, a beautiful glow of blue, glimmering over the life-bearing world,”) and an underlying genuineness that makes this a book to consider if there’s a little bit of a dreamer in you. – Reviewed by Sarah Scheele for Readers’ Favorite

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About the Author

Born to the great lively city of Manhattan, NY, and raised in quiet Connecticut. Denise started writing when drawing and painting were not enough. Deciding to try a new type of medium, she thought to start with poetry. After her first success and first reading at the age of fifteen. Her writing began to take on new life with her own worlds of fantasy, time travel, action, adventure and of course romance. She draws inspiration from her favorite childhood cartoons and experiences to her current day ones.

A member of Romance Writers of America and several of its chapters since 2005, Denise has won two awards for her short stories and several finalist nominations. She always finds the time to help others through RWA and also her book review blog, The Pen & Muse Book Reviews.

When not writing, Denise loves technology, reading (romance, YA, anime, nonfiction, fiction, Technology, Social Media) , watching movies and TV shows.

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