The Sound of the Broken Wand – Editorial Review


Title: The Sound of the Broken Wand

Author: Tiki Black

Genre: Poetry


In The Sound of the Broken Wand, Tiki Black takes the reader on a lyrical journey that encompasses many elements of the human experience. Her poetry and single essay evoke deep memory and emotion as the reader ponders their transcendent meanings and applications. The thread that runs through all Black’s poetry is overcoming the status quo and embracing one’s true self.

Poetry is a highly personal writing form. Tiki Black chooses to share her heart and experiences through this type of writing, and in many ways, the words flow like a melody. Each word feels chosen with care and purpose, and no doubt Black wishes to create a connection with her audience. She is a master of creating songs with craft and to great effect.

It is challenging to critique poetry because of its highly subjective nature, but Black’s poems offer something for nearly everyone. Although it is unusual to claim a book’s audience is so wide, the varied topics that cover the human experience in this collection are far-reaching.

In “A Ghost of Me,” Black talks about how a person can feel like a ghost of themself after the person they love leaves. Most of us can relate to that feeling of abandonment, whether through a breakup, death, or divorce. The person who we once shared such a strong connection built on love, trust, and commitment is no more, and it is like a part of us has died, leaving an imprint. We no longer feel whole.

In “The Poisoned Apple,” the author expresses the feeling of never receiving gratitude for simply doing an act of kindness, or worse, when the person we have helped thinks we have an ulterior motive. Kindness is underrated in society, and in a world bent on ambition and getting ahead, we can grow cynical and untrusting of true compassion and no-strings-attached generosity.

In “The Captor and the Key,” we are faced with the internal horror of growing apathetic to the norms of culture, of forgetting who we are inside to please others, and ultimately losing track of what matters. This inward-outward view of many developed countries in this century is sobering. We are products of our generation and world, and often, we live unaware of how our narrative is formed because of external forces influencing our views, and we do not give much thought to this until a tragedy strikes. It is only then that we question how the world became so broken and how we are part of that brokenness.

“Reflections,” Black’s essay, explores themes of self-worth. Many of us have based our self-worth on others or have seen ourselves through others’ eyes, or more like their viewpoints, and have come away feeling ugly or less than. If we learn to embrace the ugly parts, even if those parts are not actually so, we find a certain inner peace and are more confident in ourselves.

The lessons and life applications in Tiki Black’s poetry echo across humanity, although some people may not connect because her chosen format is poetry. Poetry can be challenging to discern meaning at times, even for those who enjoy it, but this is no fault of the author’s.

The Sound of the Broken Wand is rife with themes about the human experience and will touch a wide audience on some level. Tiki Black’s words render her poetry into song with its intrinsic beat and melody, stirring deep emotions in the reader. Lovers of verse will come away refreshed and renewed after an encounter with Tiki Black’s magical lyrics.



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