The Goodbye Song by Karl Kristian Flores

Mr. Flores put a lot of time, thought, energy, and precision into these 286 pages of poems, sonnets, haikus, letters, scenes, objects, definitions, directions, entries, and recipes. The main emotion that I take away from this book of poetry is the futility of life and work, and a desire to find something more. “A broken spirit, an imprisoned soul: Deadened, would-be, unhappy, wasted” (Flores 22). I think that most readers can relate to these feelings of futility. 

I personally had a hard time sticking with this book for two reasons. First, it’s so long and dense. I really admire Mr. Flores for the impeccable precision of his poetry, but it was hard for me to remain focused on the density of the poetry. Secondly, I struggled with the cynical or pessimistic view of the world that Mr. Flores presents. It’s true that the world is broken and futile, but I personally don’t care to focus so much on that. 

In conclusion, I highly recommend The Goodbye Song to anyone who enjoys poetry and reflection. I would recommend that you go into this book knowing that this isn’t a pleasure read, but more of a serious reflection on the futility of life and the brokenness of modern society. 

Because Mr. Flores put so much heart into this book and perfectly executed his intentions, I give this book five stars. I received this book for free from the author. All comments and opinions are entirely my own, and this is a voluntary review.

Originally posted to Literature Approved

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