Roses by Moonlight is a beautiful collection of poems and prose by Nicola Mar, a Caribbean native who currently resides in New York City with her two dogs. I admit I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Mar resided in New York and that she had two dogs, as I also live in New York (state) and have two dogs, and of course I always love finding fellow dog lovers. ;)
The cover for Roses by Moonlight is beautiful yet simple, and fits the title well. The format for the pages/poems is simple: words on a page, with the first word of each poem or prose in bold, no frills, no pictures. This book is a quick, easy read, but one that you'll find yourself thinking about long after you've finished. I can guarantee that you'll find at least a handful of poems/prose that will stick out to you and speak to you in some way. I particularly enjoyed the poems on pages 3, 5, 17, 18, 59, and 130. I loved the lines from page 3's poem, "damaged is what I say but not broken." I also loved page 5's, "the only stillness that can creep into my heart is the moonlight-- a magical creature that gives a new start."
I enjoyed Nicola Mar's writing style and found her poems both relatable and containing great depth. Mar is definitely one to keep your eye on and has become one of my favorite contemporary poets. I would definitely recommend this wonderful collection.
I give it a 7/10.
Liz Austin. Bibliophile. Writer. Book hoarder. I would rather be reading....