A meditation on life, love, hope, and despair…
Cotroneo’s debut collection of poems and short prose offers a glimpse in a young mind struggling with anxiety, self-doubts, and insecurities as he combines his reflections about life and death and nostalgia for things lost with portrayals of young love and moments of introspections. In the introductory few pages, Cotroneo talks about his own self-doubts, lack of confidence, fears, and trepidations. However, his tone is optimistic and stays the same throughout the collection. “Let it Die” is about moving on whereas “No Storms Anymore” is about a life lived, loved, and lost. In “The Duality of Man,” Cotroneo urges readers to make a choice between two paths life often offers at every step of the way and stand by it. Gloom and darkness abound in “Falling”. “Family Ties” is a meditation on family bonds. “The Pride” documents a lust for life. “In Everything I Never Knew” explores the concept of getting over one’s fears and anxieties and try something new. Cotroneo ends the collection on a positive note with the uplifting and encouraging final chapter. Cotroneo’s prose, though lacks the panache of a veteran writer is simple and accessible. With a frequently unassuming tone, the collection combines the longing of love and life and offers a slice of the author’s own life experiences, including the moments of joy, despair, restlessness, darkness, and enlightenment. Full of contemplations of a restless, curious mind, the book makes for an intriguing read.
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Imagine No More
By Vincent Cotroneo
Pub date November 2, 2020
Price #30 (USD) Paperback