Oil Spill is a celebration of ‘bad’ feelings. The things we feel at night when we can’t sleep. The things we struggle to say out loud. The things we feel when we’re alone. Feelings many of us experience and relate to, but aren’t often given the attention they deserve. This poetry collection acknowledges this part of us, so we can try to empty ourselves out and fill ourselves up with something better.
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I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
I don’t read a lot of poetry, but I’ve read more over the past few years because my son writes it. Dylan’s poetry is straightforward and you know exactly what feelings he wants to convey. That’s my favorite kind! Poetry that makes no sense and I have to decipher or be told what it means isn’t enjoyable to me.
When I started reading Oil Spill, I didn’t go back to read the summary. I usually like to read a book without expectations, but this is one that I wish I’d read the summary again because by the end I was pretty concerned about the author. I was even going to email him to offer encouragement. Of course, once I read the summary again, I felt much better. Obviously, he did a good job of portraying the feelings that we all have experienced at one time or another.
Oil Spill is a good set of poems. I only hope there’s a positive follow-up to complement this book.