IN IUDICIO, $6, 5” x 8”, paperback, 56 pgs.

Mar 28, 2018

Whenever I get a book or zine of poetry to review, I do an audible groan. It’s not that I don’t see the art or the value; it just comes off as a chore to read and connect with for me. In Iudicio was no different. The synopsis of this small chapbook tells us that it’s, “a collection of poetry that offers a brutal account of worship, heartache, betrayal, and the overall spiritual transition one endures through relationships.” Excuse me while I eye roll while reading this. The poetry comes off as pretentious and heavy-handed; using different metaphors to describe the “betrayal” from one lover to the other. Maybe this was an exercise for the writer to work through a recent breakup? If you have a taste for the dramatic and you’re currently sitting in your feelings, you’ll probably end up liking this. –Tricia Ramos (In Iudicio, 61766 Onaga Trail, Joshua Tree, CA 92252, [email protected])