Review: Dreaming in a Perfect World

Wow, this book! I don’t even know where to begin.

I was a little thrown off by of the dreams at first in Dreaming in a Perfect World. They are handwritten and scanned into the book. It was startling to encounter something so unclean and raw and unfinished like that in a published book.  However, I also appreciated to see the author’s process, his handwriting, and where the poems came from.

After each handwritten dream are poems that seem to come from that dream.

There were poems in Tavon’s collection that made me stop and think, some that made me smile, and others that were so poignant to the world we are living in today that I just had to set the books aside for a moment.

I had a few favorites from this collection of poetry. The two that resonated with me the most were “Black Student, White Education” and “If I could have a conversation with my 17 year off self here’s what I would say”.

Dreaming in a Perfect World is definitely not a light hearted book of poetry. Tavon touches on difficult topics: race, violence, sexual abuse, mental illness. But, he does so with raw emotion that opens a means for discussion.

Thank you to the author for a free advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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