Book Review of “Letters to Jupiter.”

Letters to Jupiter is an upcoming poetry book by Lotte Jean with Magnolia Press, which is a small publisher that publishes short stories, fiction, and fantasy. Jean’s book focuses on the different aspects of self-destruction, self-creation, love, independence and spirituality.

As per the synopsis, it is “written by an unknown narrator seeking to let go of the past, [where] we see life at its darkest time, brightest, and examine how much a person can grow after a life-changing event.”

From this, I had a vague idea going into the book about internal change and metamorphosis. First absorbing it all, each poem focuses on realities of mental health, the highs and lows especially. It weaves and explores a tale of a fragile mind secluding in the darkest parts of themselves, soon transforming and leaving the past behind. The darkest parts hint at the torment, but as well whether the narrator is consciously aware of it or not, they also desired for change; this was up until the culmination where some verses become gritty and honest to the bone, but it as well manifested that in great pain, we can still seek peace and balance.

From the beginning of the book, the narrator recalls the pain that led them to this point:

“for mere seconds before it craved fuel once more.
do you delight from this torture? my body asks.
it felt so wounded; a sore that could not heal…”–Excerpt from the poem, Fire Dreams.

In the middle, there is clarity from each wound the narrator experiences; each individual one is different, fleshing out varying perceptions of pain and what it meant in its entirety to the narrator:

“the last blistered layer and the fire beneath would destroy
a world.”–Excerpt from the poem, Markings.

“the cold words drip reality down my skin the harshness of the world
causing wounds”–Excerpt from the poem, Drip.

By the end, the narrator is introspective of their journey; they have changed and are still in the process of change itself. They have evolved and are more confident than who they were in the beginning as evident in their verses:

“forward in time
the leaves begin to wilt
a world changes tone
embracing the things that surround…”–Excerpt from the poem, Birth.

“ether of merging thoughts of clarity
moulding together.
let us meet halfway”–Excerpt from the poem, The day I lost the sun and saw the moon.

The use of repetition and entwining connections from previous poems provides a reflection as evinced by the narrator and their mental state. How they perceive themselves and others is also conjoined and unraveled throughout the book which allows the reader a solemnity but gradual emotional vulnerability in understanding the narrator’s internal change. This is a story of embracing change, trying to let go of the past and embracing both the darkness, brightness, and monsters that dwell from within. This is a story about enduring your past and metamorphosing.

To evolve is to reflect on the person before, and to recover is to push through as the person you are or want to be. That is the essence of this book and it will push your emotions, stirring the gravities of how different events impact us.

I would highly recommend giving this a read. I enjoyed it greatly and it was a fantastic poetry book to finish off 2020 with. Lotte Jean’s debut poetry collection will be released February 16th 2021. You can pre-order the ebook or paperback from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Visit Lotte Jean’s website for further work and updates.

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