Obelisk by J.L. Pugh is a deep, raw, complex labyrinth of words. This is not your standard book of poetry; instead, Pugh engages readers to feel the magnitude and profoundness of ordinary words. Simple lines pack a one-two punch and step outside the box, letting readers see Pugh’s words come alive on the pages. Each poem varies, as there are ones that deal with society, religion, and thoughts yet to be explored. In a realm where thinking outside the box takes precedence and a voice can echo, scream, or merely tell, readers will get lost in the author’s literary poignancy and mastery of raw words.
Not every poem is something I can relate to, but I can appreciate the author’s bold reasoning as Pugh paints a picture that allows us to see things through his eyes. While the author tackles different subject matter and themes, there seems to be a tone of defiance. Strong words are chosen to heighten the sense of sight, hearing, and thinking. All in all this is a bold, provocative, and interesting read. So are you ready to get lost in between the pages, words, and lines of Obelisk?
J. L. Pugh