Shadow of your Lust (2016) by Nisar Masoom – Book Review

As a fan of erotic romance (I love the Fifty Shades Trilogy), I was looking for another book to arouse my attention. Shadow of your Lust lives up to its title of being the epitome of eroticism. There are 20 poems in this collection and you won’t get turned off by any of them.

The 1st poem is the eponymous Shadow of your Lust which details freedom of Afghani women. It’s about women who want to be free in a backward society. Nisar Masoom, the author, captures this wonderfully. Set in the backdrop of Afghanistan, Nisar’s verses have a beautiful finesse to them which sets you free while reading.

The 2nd poem is Neck: Part 1 which is followed by Neck: Part 2. Here’s an excerpt from Part 1:

“I want to run my fingers down your slender nape

And then dig them inside

I want to lick your whole body without it being showcased as rape

And then skin it until it’s ripe”

You can see from the afore-mentioned lines that this poem is loaded with animalistic sexuality. And that’s great as the entire collection is versatile. You won’t find any poem similar to another one. Here’s an excerpt from the 4th poem High Heels over Heart:

“The blood glistens from the glow

Just a distraction

From the hidden meaning of an attraction so longed

That is left as a smudge to be ridden”

It’s about a party gone wrong and the narrator details how his heart was trampled on by the woman he was in love with, who was wearing high heels. It’s not as erotic as the two poems before it, but I loved the metaphors that were embedded in this poem.

The 5th inclusion is definitely one of my favorites. It’s called Persian Beauty and the verses are as follows:

“The curves of your hourglass figure

Redefine fantasy

The nerves of my body hinder

At the sight of your Beauty”

This really turned me on, though I’m not of Iranian ethnicity, yet it reminded me of stunning actresses of that descent like Nazanin Boniadi and Sarah Shahi. Persian Beauty is followed by Rape and Emotional Rape. The former is about a person committing such an act, and the latter is about someone being emotionally violated.

Saliva, the 8th entry, is the most hardcore one. It features stanzas which are outlined with what’s considered taboo in an underdeveloped community. The entire wording is explicit and you should skip this poem if you’re not really into explicit rhymes. I relished it immensely due to my favoring of the Fifty Shades Trilogy and Saliva is quite representative of the BDSM culture.

Then we have Slender, Vanilla and Warmth. I was a bit disappointed that they didn’t follow the hardcore nature of Saliva but all of them are extremely well-penned. Here are some lines I liked from Warmth:

“Stay with me on this bed

From dusk till dawn

I would rather be caught dead

With you on”

The entire poem is quite straightforward and it’s literally in your face. Paris Hilton, the 12th inclusion, is named after the heiress of the same name. It comprehensively depicts the fondness of Ms. Hilton as the author pours down all of his fantastical yearnings of having intercourse with the celebrity. It’s one of the best entries in this collection.

Number 13, Goodnight but not Goodbye, is the most romantic of these odes, and if your heart is not warmed by its verses, then it’s frozen indeed. My Mistress, 14th on the list, is about a man declaring his nights spent unfaithfully with another woman, and hoping that his wife won’t find out about the affair. It’s quite short in length but the impact is colossal. I’ve never read a poem on unfaithfulness and thus the subject matter is quite unique as are the wordings of this sensational piece.

Chocolate is the 15th entry and it compares the devour of chocolate to making love. You can visualize this metaphor by the following verses:

“My love wishes to melt inside your mouth

Like the devour of Chocolate

No longer will we be apart

We cannot be separated not even by fate”

Next we have Goddess of Sex, and yes, this poem is as sexy as the title implies. Here’s a sample:

“Love me tonight

Show me the distinction between hell and heaven

Hold me tight

I want to be submerged in all your erotic presence”

17th is The Narcissist which details a person in love with the eponymous character. It is followed by With My Bare Hands which takes choking your soulmate to a whole new level. It’s the most sadomasochist poem in this sensual selection and will leave you gasping for more, no pun intended.

The Girl Who Cried Love is quite minimalistic in its approach. Yet it satisfies every inch of craving one can have for a gorgeous girl. These were my favorite lines:

“Share with me your body

And I shall lend my dreams

By surprise your smile caught me

In visions hitherto unseen”

Last but not the least we have The Insatiable. As the name suggests, it’s about the cravings of a nymphomaniac. Nisar Masoom has created a perfect world in which all his rhymes reflect the innermost needs of a lady who cannot be satisfied. I couldn’t pick a specific part of the poem that I liked the most as every single line was awesome.

To end with, Shadow of your Lust doesn’t have follow a consistent theme, but that’s what makes the work such a must-read. If you want to read poetry that gratifies all of your carnal desires, then you can’t do any better than this.

You can purchase a copy here.


I Love You Too, I Love You Three (2016) by Wendy Tugwood – Book Review

This is my first review of a children’s book and it has inspired so much that it won’t be the last. I Love You Too, I Love You Three is a picture book written by Wendy Tugwood and illustrated by Sheila McGraw. This is Tugwood’s first book and one of many illustrated by McGraw who is best-known for depicting 1986’s Love You Forever written by Robert Munsch.

I am not a parent but I was frequently touched by the theme of I Love You Too, I Love You Three. The relationship between a mother and a son is strongly depicted throughout only 24 pages. And that is the book’s strongest aspect that it’s so powerful in only so few pages. Tugwood’s writing tugs at the heartstrings of anyone who reads it, regardless of being a parent or not, as the bond between a mother and her child is universally acknowledged.

The storytelling through poetry is simply beautiful. The relationship between mother and child is expressed in a counting game that plays with words and it goes all the way up to ten. You can see the brilliance in wordplay by Tugwood in the example below.

When it’s time again for slumber,

I’ll be there to count our numbers.

“I love you one,

I love you two.”

And now I say goodnight to you.

Another entry that I favored was:

“I love you five,

I love you six.”

I turn and blow a gentle kiss.

As you can see from the examples above that no matter the length of the poems, their impact is the same. I won’t reveal the concluding verses here but there couldn’t have been a better a ending to a pictorial work intended for children. Also, McGraw’s drawing talent mixes so well with Tugwood’s rhymes that it seems that these two women were destined to collaborate on a literary project.

To end with, I would recommend this to parents who wish to read to their children before they go to sleep. I Love You Too, I Love You Three is the perfect replacement for many of the clichéd bedtime stories out there. Also, reading it made me nostalgic about the cherished moments in childhood I spent with my own mom.


Card of Fate: Poems of a Gambling Addiction (2016) by The Duke of Quails – Book Review

Card of Fate: Poems of a Gambling Addiction (2016) is the sophomore poetry book by The Duke of Quails. And by no means is this an inferior effort than the last one. Duke follows the same structure of Secret of True Love by incorporating at least eleven poems in three segments which are preceded by an introduction and followed by a conclusion.

Both the intro and ending note showcase Duke confessing he’s not a psychiatrist, but just a simple poet, and his modesty reveals the true essence of an artist: One who does what he does for art’s sake. Duke is a poet and his goal is to tell readers the light and dark sides of humanity through rhymes. This he does exceptionally well in Card of Fate.

As the title suggests, majority of the poems included here follow the theme of betting. It’s an addiction that can be as strong as tobacco smoking and alcohol drinking. All the poems included in this compilation differ vastly from one another, making this a truly versatile text from onset to the last page.

It was quite difficult to pick favorites but I found People Are Stupid and I Need Internet from the closing poetry division the strongest in terms of literary value. Here are some outstanding lines from the former:

Silently walking in to steal a chip 

Some take showers, and some are knocked out to rest. 

After I collected, after I had a good run

 I can’t just leave and get something to eat 

I have to go to the tables and have some fun. 

If I could win more, why stop at the store? 

I can be rich and famous instead of living poor.

Judging by the above verses, the author sure knows what leads to a staking habit: The desire to be rich and famous instead of living poor. Here are some verses from the latter:

I’ll pay triple the bill or even double it up 

Give me a chance to win more than a buck. 

It makes sense if I only have 250 

Make me win, and you can have your 360. 

I see I’m talking to a wall 

So put someone else on the phone 

I’m going to get this internet on 

Take back my money and win some more until I have it all.

So, this poem was quite out of the norm due to the inclusion of the need for internet in order to continue gambling. The title of the poem made it sound a bit childish but after you finish reading you’ll realize how sophisticated the work really is. This is true for all the other poems as well. The names aren’t that impressive but what they contain are stanzas of supreme quality. It’s safe to say you should never judge a poem but its title.

Finally, I recommend this book to lovers of all kinds of poetry, and also those who are going through this dependence. It’s not a self-help manual but for some cravings all you need is art to save your soul. The only flaw I could detect in Card of Fate was the length as I prefer shorter books of poetry. But it still makes for a fantastic read and the layout was also excellent.