The first poem about the displacement of the ego, lost among the resident souls on a University campus, learning to make oneself heard, sets the scene for a dark, sometimes distressing, but always thoughtful collection.
The majority of Jeanpaul Ferro's poems speak of love, life, death, war, futility and living in a disconnected state. There is a feeling of experience that few really understand but more people go through than are considered. We hear the voices of people who's homes are destroyed by war, who's eyes are tortured by their surroundings as they try to rebuild their lives, who have loved and lost and who are seeking romance still. Searching for what is lost and yearning for the past, however imperfect, is a major theme of these poems as is the irony of the American Dream and how reality is rarely that co-operative. Sometimes dark, but always inescapably human, these are musings on the past and how the future often fails to deliver.
Gritty, realistic but sometimes disconnected (yes, with a jazz-like quality), this is a collection from a new independent publisher that is well worth reading.