This collection of poems by Liliana Negoi, is both modern in style and deceptively diverse in subject range.
Liliana has much experience in the use of poetic vocabulary and will captivate the reader from the first.
As a poet she is mostly at home with metaphysical romantic verse but she will soon mesmerize the lover of elegant and mystical style with themes which range from nature to family to philosophical reflections on the deeper aspects of life.
She makes full use of alliteration and assonance in her strikingly unconventional work, where we are told in Shahryar that eyes “greet with hunger that painfully beautiful bleeding wound birthing the sun,” and her breathtaking similes are in evidence in the verse called Queen when she discovers the moon as “full and searching like a sick wide open eye”.
Liliana’s spiritual overtones stem from the root of experience as in Waiting when we see the “scent of hope trying to squeeze itself through the jungle of my soul”, and although much of her writing is in the first person she also includes lyrical poems on musical value with conversational interpretation as in Claire de Lune and Girl with the Flaxen Hair.
Although presenting a thoughtful analysis of life in such as Quo Vadis, she explores sensuality with expert usage of imagery, particularly moving is her intensity of expression, as in Stardust, where we find she was “hiding her heartbeats inside the glow of hope.”
If there is a criticism of Sands and Shadows I found a few poems fail to make the leap from description to ultimate revelatory finale’ but this is a minor point. Liliana’s ability lies in her talent to make a lyrical concerto out of few lines and has no deficit in language to invoke both beauty and harmony.
An existential poet who will find no paucity of readership, Liliana has versatility which finds just the right words time after time in a flow which is elegant, spicy, experimental and enchanting.
After tasting this collection readers should be gasping from breathless and unmistakable passion for more.
If I had to chose a favorite poem it might well be Lilith, which has the strength and power of texture mixed with eloquence in such phrasing as the graphic references to the ” venom of God”.
I highly recommend Sands and Shadows as a poetry collection to be enjoyed by all romantics and which once begun will beguile until read to the end and will stay long in the mind.
Fay Slimm – poet and writer. (Cornwall U.K.)