Psalms of Sonorous

Psalms of Sonorous coverPsalms of Sonorous
By Nancy G. Wright
WestBow Press
26 November 2013

sonorous: adj. (of a person’s voice or other sound) imposingly deep and full. also: capable of producing a deep or ringing sound; using imposing language (in text or speech); having a pleasing sound

Psalms of Sonorous is comprised of almost 120 poorly written poems that all glorify the god of Abraham. Many of the poems have promise, but promise alone does not a good poem necessarily make. Most are written in the narrative style with an ABAB-, ABCB-, or AABB-type rhyme scheme. It’s clear from the sheer quantity of poems in this collection that Nancy G. Wright, the poet, loves God, and it seems as though she took a cue from the Book of Psalms or Song of Songs.

A difference between this collection and Psalms, however, is that all of these poems are praising God for his goodness and righteousness; while Psalms has plenty of poems similar in theme, there are also those that call out to him in despair or anger. Likewise, a difference between Song of Songs and Wright’s poetry is that Psalms of Sonorous fails to include anything titillating; none of the poems left me with a sense of awe, identification with the poet, or so much as any desire to continue reading.

Poetry is already difficult for the average reader to access; I wouldn’t recommend wasting time on bad poetry. For Christian poetry with zing, I’d (re)read Mary Karr’s Sinners Welcome.

DISCLAIMER: I received Psalms of Sonorous free from WestBow Press for this review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Viannah E. Duncan

Viannah E. Duncan is a writer and activist hailing originally from Los Angeles. She lives outside of Baltimore, Maryland, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. She has a cat, Cleo.

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