An Eclectic Collection of Psychedelic Poetry to Stimulate the Senses and Open the Mind
by Ryan M. Becker
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Pub Date 25 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 15 Mar 2023
Open your heart to a compilation of musical poetry and surreal expression drawn from madness and mania.
Artfully weaving a rhythmic tapestry of touching poetry that flows like music, this deeply personal memoir invites readers on a fascinating deep dive into the author’s raw and heartfelt world of living rhythms and authentic feelings. As a deft amalgamation of spoken word, truth to power, clever wordplay, and thoughtful reflections, Euphoric Wonderland illuminates a mad spark of creativity as it draws uplifting inspiration from even the darkest of times.
Stimulate your imagination and open your mind to a psychedelic and enigmatic assemblage that ranges from tributes to The Beatles, Pink Floyd, head-banging heavy metal, to vinyl records, slam-poetry, superheroes, mind-altering possibilities, and the Jekyll and Hyde living inside each of us. Euphoric Wonderland blossoms out of madness, grappling with psychological issues through humorous and uplifting vibes.
Shining like a beacon for curious minds, this eclectic collection offers a moment of reprieve for those who want to forget about their mental health-related challenges, gifting you with light, laughter, and inspiring you with a message of hope. Euphoric Wonderland carries you down a rabbit hole of unusual and trippy experiences that gives you a newfound perspective on love, pain, life, and the joys – and struggles – of existence.
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"Euphoric Wonderland: An Eclectic Collection of Psychedelic Poetry to Stimulate the Senses and Open the Mind assumes the feel of an acid trip as it surveys a cornucopia of experience and imagery that bring readers into a realm where surrealism, magic, and music intersect.
Ryan M. Becker's vivid romp through counterculture, traditional culture, and the ironies and magic of life is designed to carry contemporary poetry enthusiasts into a world of madness, mayhem, and cultural inspection.
These pieces are free-flowing and anything but staid, blending autobiography with inspections steeped in poetry, prose, and a sense of discovery, whether personal or social.
One example is the inspection of moms and meaning in "Carnation Formation For Our Admiration." Here, the images capture a staccato display of sharp points: "Anna Jarvis, time of date/1908 she celebrates/A lullaby then sung by Brahms/two billion moms at hair salons/Her voice escape from bullied hate/now calms this state with wishes great/Roses, lilies, CBS series/those Big Bang theories/Icing on cake, the turkey we bake/your uninterrupted KIT KAT break..."
Contrast this piece with a study replete with wordplay and rich rhythms that injects rap with social inspection in "Resilience, Strength, It's Not Too Late": "You ask for peace, serotonin release/5-HTP need sleep increased/therapy, parody/Robin Williams group hilarity/Quiet room, dazed, confused/this wonderland in white costumes..."
The rich musical threads and personal inspections that run through these rhythmic productions lend to being read aloud for greatest impact. The force of the story and rhyme nearly leaps off the page, demanding to be set free against the backdrop of sound and music.
That said, Euphoric Wonderland offers poetry readers the opportunity to open and challenge their minds with family, cultural, and social observations that condense images and experiences into succinct, hard-hitting diamonds of observation.
Poetry readers seeking a romp through creativity, madness, and magic will find Euphoric Wonderland just the ticket for a wide-ranging journey of discovery that challenges and invites on many different levels.
Not your usual staid collection, Euphoric Wonderland will delight the minds and hearts of readers who look for a smorgasbord of experience wrapped in unexpected imagery. It deserves a place in any literary library strong in contemporary poetry and social examination."
— D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
“Author Ryan Becker’s modern, rhythmic poems deserve a read, and possibly a good rock band to go along with them!”
— Marie Joy, 2 a.m. Book Reads
Average rating from 12 members
This collection was overflowing with sound and feeling at every turn. It almost flows entirely through you as you delve further and further in. You can absolutely tell the skill behind our writer and the lyrical verses he's given us. I think this would be fantastic for people who aren't quite sure if they like poetry. Something like this would encapsulate their minds and vividly show exactly what they're reading. The colorful pages tell us about mental health, emotional adolescence, the struggles we all often face, and our author's understanding of the hardships endured.
I'm always a steady fan of poetry and prose, but when they are formulated creatively, I am all in! I'm so thankful to Netgalley and Ryan M. Becker for granting access to peruse these lyrical proclamations, encouraging inspiration and beauty on each page. Euphoric Wonderland has been out since March 2022, so I highly recommend you space out with this delightful read.
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