“Patrick is bold and conscious; his drive will take him and his poetry far.”
Ingenious Conscience in Poetry
Being true to who you are
It is said that one single thought has the authority to inspire, influence, and even control a person's beliefs, attitudes, and actions. Well, this collection of intense, thought-provoking poetry explores the perplexing boundaries of the mind, surpassing normality through poignant versification.
To begin, considering this book's theme, which pinpoints some challenges of living with a mental disorder, we’re in utter awe at how fierce and intrepid the author’s words come across! This is one man, also diagnosed as a bipolar manic, that refuses to give in to the feeling of inferior self-doubt, pity, and defeat. In fact, this entire collection magnifies the author's bleeding spirit, which is bold in exhibiting his moving testimony of truth.
“Must Be Nice 2” by Patrick Peay grasps your attention simply by reading the author's well written and revealing introduction in the preliminary of the book. He provides incredible insight into his own life and also provides some pretty relevant background information concerning his poetry that shares details as to what inspired the selections featured in this compilation. This prelude then leads us directly into the first poem “Repentant Shark in the Deep Blue Sea”.
In this poem, the “repentant" shark is merely a creative depiction of the narrator himself, utilizing the awesome technique of personification. And by doing this, he reveals an obvious divergence in his personality and character, for we can all probably agree that there is more than likely not one ounce of forgiveness in a blood-thirsty shark!
So what does this creative twist mean or represent? And we can’t help but to also wonder, what is he sorry for? In realizing the answers to these two questions, we come to learn of the author's inspiring faith in God, for he says “I repent because
I'm living in sin. I refuse to let Satan win. I want to reside in the kingdom of Heaven”, implying that he is well aware of good vs evil, and apparently he’s already made his choice!
A good portion of the poems in this collection seem to reproduce a great sense of power, making it inevitable to become familiar with his trailblazing personality. Moreover, the poems that Patrick includes in this book are, indeed, samples of his racing mind, quite parallel to commonly depicted behaviors and actions seen in many people under pressure or facing an obstacle.
Patrick’s pen is compassionate for other individuals living with a mental disorder similar to his own, but his poetry has the potential to reach the masses, especially with mental health becoming an increasingly significant topic in our society.
Poems like “All Alone” typify romantic abandonment in transparent lucidity. And there are a stream of poems that express all of the author's heaviest emotions, admitting to sporadic or spontaneous episodes, like in the poem “Deadlines Loom”. It is one of the poems we read from Peay that carries a darker melancholic ambience with deep tones of hopelessness and discontent. Regardless, his words are penetrating enough to give you chills.
Surprisingly, even without the proper diagnosis of being considered 'bipolar’, as a neutral reader, one can be conveniently reminded of how similar “disorderly feelings” are to someone who is undiagnosed with any type of disorder. For instance, anxiety, frustration, overwhelming sadness, nervousness, a frantic and scatterbrained mentality…these are all feelings and emotions most people can relate to. How we handle the emotions we experience is what matters and sets us apart from others. And hands down, we absolutely admire Author Patrick Peay for being a worldwide public example in pouring all of the blood, sweat, and pain; smiles, love, and compassion; ambition, drive, and goals, into the eternal vessel of poetry!
As concentrated and dramatic as this collection reads, we believe readers will find much enthusiasm and excitement behind the author's witty cynicism and sarcastic remarks! Perhaps, even some humor, if you have an open mind! Furthermore, ironically, Peay’s outgoing personality seems to be a forceful element pushing him through each day, while his confidence is genuine and teaches the meaning behind authenticity and reveals the power in resilience
when pursuing one's dreams, goals, and aspirations. What we have learned from this author is, never give up.
His outstanding ability to reveal himself through both, the darkness and light is sincerely notable, especially seeing that not one of us is immune to the complex and imperfect happenings affecting lives from all over the world. Far from average and instilled with a beastly lion heart, the poem “Great” complements the overall theme of this book's perspective accurately, with many powerful poems such as “Taking Risks to Achieve Goals” supporting our conclusion.
Patrick’s victorious outlook is infectious in this compilation of poetry and will leave you feeling less like a victim, and more empowered. In addition to this, his book emboldens us to consider how sensitive and unfathomable the human brain can be! Like an advanced computer application or program, his intellectual poetry is a result of unblemished ingenuity and a zestful passion for living and life. We will end this analysis with direct words from the author;
“My life is a nightmare that can be horrific
I keep a positive outlook, so I feel terrific
My life is a dream that can be unbelievable
I'll keep working hard because my goals are achievable.”
The Realistic Poetry Review Team is happy to rate this book 5 stars! Patrick is bold and conscious; his drive will take him and his poetry far.