” If Poetry were Short Stories” ,is a modern romantic style book of poems that reads like a series of short stories. Mr. Robert Lee Wilson III approaches his work with careful consideration. He opens with sensitivity and purity like a Nicholas Sparks novel, building to a climax filled with heartache and pain and concluding with a happy ending.
This book kept me turning pages, wanting more as the author writes as if the poems were reflections of his own life. He keeps the reader engaged with poems like ,”The Scarlet Choir Singer”, and “Overdose” as he uses euphemism to highlight socially taboo topics of today. “Body of Instruments” draws you in as he plays with personification and allegory to explain the caressing of a woman’s body.
Overall, “If Poetry were Short Stories” lives up to its title. Mr. Wilson keeps readers imagination open and allows the reader to draw his/her on interpretation. This book gives room to reader to learn from both sexes as it has poems that focus on those who are in love, have been hurt, and those who are on the road to recovery. Mr. Lee has ingeniously found a way to not only merge the writing of poems into short stories but also a self-help book.
I suggest this book for all. The married, single, and the in-between. For the man who has dealt with trying to express his love and don’t know how to verbally, I suggest “The Fine (her) Things”. For the woman who has to deal with the knowing of her man being with another woman, yet just can’t let go I suggest “Like Her” . For Mr. Robert Lee Wilson III first publication, I can truly say he not only accomplished his goal by turning poems into short stories, but he exceed expectations when provided the unspoken understanding of the everyday man. On a scale for 1 to 5, I give this book a 4.5.
– Lee A. Prophet, Editor in Chief