9 OUT OF 10
PUBLISHED BY BOOKBABY
Release Date: 21/12/2017
“What if you could view the world from someone else’s eyes…. wouldn’t you be curious?”
This is the question that is asked on the cover of Ashley Worhol’s new collection of poetry, an interactive hybrid poem and photography book titled “Perception.”
But, first let me tell you a bit about the author.
Ashley Worhol is a composer/vocalist/producer/instructor and pianist from Houston, Texas, who has a degree in music composition from the University of St Thomas and is a classically trained soprano opera singer. She is also the lead vocalist and composer with the band Worhol, which she formed in 2012 with her father, Larry, when they decided they wanted to follow their dream together as a team. With a classical background from both parties, Worhol’s music can best be described as symphonic and theatrical.
Perception is the author’s perspective of this world we live in and through the words and the pictures, the reader is invited into her world, while at the same time, trying to conjure up their own from what they see and read.
Everybody has their own perception, or view, of everything that happens in life, and the author states herself in the opening notes to the book that she wants the reader to “free your minds as you read each word and indulge your curiosity. Allow your mind to wander and perceive each poem as your own interpretation.”
The cover image is, in my opinion, very strong and sends out the message that people only know of us what we choose to show. Do we show the innocent side, while hiding the dark or do we portray ourselves in a bad way to stop the good from being hurt? There are two sides to everyone, but people perceive us only by the information we give to them.
The poems are full of emotion right from the very beginning and appear to tell the story of a young girl’s journey through life, and the changes she experiences both emotionally and physically.
The reader is made to feel a whole host of emotions from sadness and hopelessness to anger as they travel through the book, before the girl appears to find happiness. She has finally found a place of peace and contentment and she now knows what she should be doing with her life.
The girl, whether that be Ashley, herself, or just the fictional character from a book, is baring her soul for the reader to see, maybe to tell the reader that what they go through is not necessarily all bad and that it can lead to good, or maybe just to express how she is inwardly feeling, but in doing so, she is also inviting the reader to open up theirs, and make up their own minds about the words in the poems.
The book itself is beautifully set out. I only received a digital copy, but I can image the pages being of very good quality, bound sturdily together, and the cover a hard back. The imagery used, and the photographs / illustrations are simply stunning, while the fonts used for the writing reflect the theme of each poem.
Despite studying English Literature to a high level, one thing I could never get my head round properly was poetry. This book has really turned that all on its head and I hope that there is more to come from this, obviously, very talented young lady.
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