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Letters to Jupiter | Poetry Collection Review

“..each minute
a new bird breathes
the fresh air
of change.”

Birth, Letters to Jupiter

Title: Letters to Jupiter
Author: Lotté Jean
Page Length: 80 (e-book)
Publication date: February 16, 2021
Publisher: Magnolia Press

Sypnopsis: Letters to Jupiter is a poetry collection that explores a tale of the fragility of the mind. With each poetic letter, written by an unknown narrator seeking to let go of the past, we see life at its darkest time, brightest, and examine how much a person can grow after a life-changing event. {Goodreads}

but a world without
differences
is one that isn’t human.
One Million, Letters to Jupiter

Letters to Jupiter by Lotté Jean was a short read but a profound collection of poems revolving around the themes of past afflictions, dark times and letting go. It had an underlying tone of growth that was evident throughout the book, with the beginning portraying the dark times and the idea of letting go, prominent towards the end.

i’ve bleached the sky of beauty a thousand times.
Fire Dreams, Letters to Jupiter

I also loved how the title is also suggestive of the collection’s contents. According to Wikipedia, “Jupiter is associated with the principles of growth, expansion, healing, prosperity, good fortune, and miracles.” As stated earlier, much of the poems towards the end, and the concluding lines of most poems portray a change and indicate growth and healing in the form of letting go, of the past. This attention to detail was amazing and the book’s cover appears to be in accordance to the general theme as well.

….let us begin
this self-destruction
and later
witness
an almighty blooming.
Late Teachings, Letters to Jupiter

I thoroughly loved the author’s use of symbolism throughout the book, which was carried out well, in parallelism with nature, in a few cases. She talks about relevant topics and I felt much of her poems were open to interpretation, such that the reader could make out the poem to relate to one of their own experiences.

….a growth of light is formed, and a
future
can become clear at the sight of letting go.
Seven Breaths, Letters to Jupiter

I also loved the the author’s persistent use of nature analogies and as a classic lover, appreciated the poetic nod to the classic novel, Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde. The most distinct beauty of this collection lay in the almost flawless incorporation of life’s events, especially changes to those seen in nature. A few of the poems in this collection that emphasise on this point are, Transformation, Create and Sunrise.

Being rather keen on punctuation and grammar, I was surprised to find that I liked the poems’ lack of punctuation and felt it didn’t reduce the poems’ beauty or cohesiveness in any way. The general air around suggests a contemplative and, dark but soon to be light, atmosphere strengthened by her use of good imagery. Each poem was short and most of them ended on beautiful and poignant lines, adding a different perspective from the poem’s start.

autumn danced
above the white curtain lines
an evening moon peaks light
under the soft cotton…
Once Here, Letters to Jupiter

The only downsides I noticed, were the reading age this collection would be appropriate for. While, there is absolutely nothing that is explicit, suggestive of violence, or bad language, the themes are likely to be read with an open mind by those above the age of 14 or so. I would have also preferred a more varied use of words, as the repetition of a certain few words were quite evident as I read the collection in one sitting. And finally, while the prominent poetry style is free verse, a good number are, what is today, termed as Instapoetry. While I’m not particularly keen on this short form of writing, it seems to be very popular among young readers and is therefore, a downside that depends on the reader.

Overall, I think it’s a beautiful book, especially considering this is the author’s debut poetry collection. It made for a short, thoughtful read with lovely use of language and a well crafted incorporation of symbolism and imagery, with relatable themes.

let my heart
shine anew
and bright
like your stars do.

Wonders, Letters to Jupiter

I would like to thank the author, Lotté Jean for giving me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
You can find her over at her blog, Lotte Lauv. Please isit her author website where she writes with her sister, Francesca – The Elliots or Goodreads to see more of her published works.

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