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There are times when it’s good to step out of your comfort zone to try something new, push the boundaries, and feel like a newbie all over again. While it’s true that I can identify a good story in just a few pages (a pretty frustrating ability, by the way), poetry and I have had disagreements in the past, and I’ve ended up walking away from it. during a moment. Today, a book gave me back my desire and interest in verse.
Endymion or the state of entropy: a lyrical dramawritten by Kurt R. Ward and illustrated by Rebecca Yanovskaya, is a mythological portrait of the author’s struggle for self-realization by integrating the conscious with the unconscious. The illustrated fantasy evokes a world in which archetypal characters from Greek mythology fight for dominance, as Endymion, the main character, tries to wake up from an endless slumber.
Part epic battle, part psychotherapeutic journey, Endymion takes place at the tomb of John Keats in Rome. It is written in heroic couplets like a continuous dream, where Jupiter, Diana, Zephyr, Hermes and Endymion struggle against reason, fear, hope and divine inspiration. The book is written in four acts and is profusely illustrated by renowned artist Rebecca Yanovskaya and includes a detailed mythological reference section and commentary by the author.
Endymion is a delight for the senses. The images he conjures up with every line take the reader back in time, to eras we almost always remember superficially but to which we owe a great deal. Kurt reclaims the romantic, the emotional, the individual of the past, makes it his own and presents it creatively and eloquently.
I have to admit that at first I was hesitant to read this book. It’s been so long since I touched poetry that I didn’t know if I would be able to fully appreciate it, if I would understand it, if I would be the right reader. However, I decided to give it a try because the proposal seemed quite interesting. It turned out to be a surprise that did not disappoint.
Blending psychology, mythology, folklore, esotericism and fantasy worlds, Kurt R. Ward chronicles an inner struggle that feels quite personal, perhaps even familiar. It puts into words feelings and thoughts that we have often experienced in the search for who we are, what we came to do and where we are going. It is precisely this, the process of individualization, the central theme of the book.
Filled with references to Carl Jung, classical poetry and Greco-Roman mythology, this is a book that I found a bit difficult to follow. I had to read several times to understand what certain verses meant, without neglecting the references at the end of the book. I still have a few questions to answer due to my unfamiliarity with poetry, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t like it.
Illustrator Rebecca Yanovskaya’s work is no slouch either, providing visual support that can either complement the text or stand out on its own, depending on how you look at it. The level of detail is impressive, highlighting the softness of the features, the play of shadow and light, and the design of each of the characters as well as their respective scenes.
The reason I don’t give it the full five stars is because I want to be honest at all times. I can hardly compare this reading to any other, and while I know there are, they escape me at the moment. It’s the perfect book for lovers of romantic poetry, and for those who aren’t so familiar, there are also messages and lines that make you think about the mysteries of life.
I would say that it is a book worth reading many times – I know that at least I will – and that each reading will allow us to understand something more, to find more hidden messages, like if it was an adventure. Just that would describe this book without problems, the adventure of entering our inner world, struggling against our lights and our shadows, until finally waking up, conscious, aware of who we are.
For those interested, there is a limited deluxe edition that is only available through author’s website. Full details can be found there, and readers can see just how beautiful it is in a video review by Denis Poisson of crazy fish.
Needless to say, I appreciate Kurt contacting me and sending me a copy to revise for The Wild Hunt. I hope to read something new soon, although this time I will have high expectations about it!