Book Review: Oil Spill by Dylan Saucedo

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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My Review

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.

Stars in the Sky

If there were more stars in the sky,
I’d plant your banner.
Claiming them with your name,
Burning all the while.
If there were more stars in the sky
I’d travel into the night.
I’d use this to find your path
And follow in your footsteps.
If there more stars in the sky,
Maybe your tears would glimmer,
And I’d notice them
Before all was lost.
If there were more stars in the sky,
Perhaps they’d align differently,
And fate wouldn’t have brought us
To this unfortunate end.

by Josh Glasson