‘A Desolate Reunion’, is a gripping, awe-inspiring collection of poems, and graphics of the highest quality, grabbing the reader from the very start. The perfect blend of words and images merge into what can only be described as a sombre, dark, enchanting world of Gothic decadence, delightfully resonating within our deepest sense of passion.
Tc McKinney, is a truly gifted poet - more than that, a truly gifted artist, who can captivate an audience at all levels, both visually and emotionally, with the ability to entice the reader into the world of strange, mysteriously captivating dimensions, where we feast on the spellbinding mix of imagery and poetry, submerged in the surreal dimensions of the mystique.
This is not a just a poetry collection, but a performance by an incredibly talented maestro.
Author and Poetess Elise of Opium Valentines and Paradise.
Founder/Editor of Decanto Poetry Magazine (United Kingdom)
This brazenly unique collection of dark and defiant poems dares to speak from the taboo parts of the poet's soul, much like lost song lyrics from a private black binder hidden underneath the bed. These lyrical poems speak of sorrow and desire, temptation and vice, guilt and frustration... unleashing the contemptuous, questioning, even violent alter ego of a pained mortal through the audacity of words. The rhymes flow expertly and unheeded, but have just enough unpredictability in meter to prevent any overly infectious "sing-song" patterns that become undesirably stuck in your head.
The book overall is of considerable quality, being that it contains not only several poems but also a wealth of intriguing digital photography to supplement the text. The images throughout are intricate and astounding... eye-catching, cutting-edge and vividly detailed without breaking the dark spell that hangs over the book like a cloud.
From the abysmal noir of "Tribal Nightmare" and "A Painful Memory", to the obsessively tormented eroticism of "Aliquid", this desolate reunion is one that will invoke many familiar faces that only one who dares to explore the darker side of his soul can stand to face. I recommend this book to fans of poetry and art who seek less traditional avenues of artistic expression... even those partial to the lyrics of contemporary rock music should have no problem transitioning to this bold new style of poetry.
Author and Poet Brandon Gene Petit
Deep inside I feel a pin prick
The whole world seems to me a mimic,
With each soul seeming yet so perfect,
The despair,is vivid, do I need to reflect?
Diverse, the world may seem,
A momentary quench,and the requiem..
These lines are the spontaneous outcome as I finished reading the book "A Desolate Reunion-Return to Ether" by TC McKinney. Well, the aroma of some aspects of life can be best sensed by asking questions, and not by asking for solutions. These questions spring up, well spring up would be too small a phrase , in fact they carve out the inner self
What could be better than you being in constant counsel with your instruments,and you dancing to the tune of that symphony which always seemed so fleeting,the realization that the hole which always meant to be filled would be best when it is left unfilled, that all the presumed boundaries of life were shattered like myth?
TC McKinney’s compositions which form the heart of "A Desolate Reunion-Return to Ether" are of a gothic- yet so pure genre, which captivate you, not only to mesmerise you with a whirlwind of questions which help you reach out to your inner self, but also the compositions being opulent with emotions ,move a brick or two in the wall.
With each composition, the enigma simplifies itself, and finally you are left with you reaching close to the salvation, and yet so far. That feeling in itself is enough to spur a Revolution within you. What can be more exhilarating than that perforated sheet between you and your soul falling down? Then you know what you are here for, what you were meant to be,and that you really can be boundless, just like an ocean.
The extremities of life,if ever they were,resonate deep inside you with a whirlwind of emotions ,which are so gothic,yet so pure, just like each composition. If ever there was a collage of the best compositions,here is one,not even an iota of exaggeration implied.
Akshat Jah (India)