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Dystopia and Derelict Dreams unashamedly bares the negative side of human beings, ruminates the search for love in times of harrowing loss, and tells the tale of finding oneself in life in the midst of it all.A book of introspective reflection, of postmodern swaggering braggadocio and emotional openness, this poetry collection also tackles an important phase of being humanDystopia and Derelict Dreams unashamedly bares the negative side of human beings, ruminates the search for love in times of harrowing loss, and tells the tale of finding oneself in life in the midst of it all.A book of introspective reflection, of postmodern swaggering braggadocio and emotional openness, this poetry collection also tackles an important phase of being human—finding oneself after losing the sense of self-identity. Just like how we lose ourselves every time we give ourselves to someone else and like how we lose ourselves every time we go astray, round and round and never-ending, finding the terra incognita. “I am lost, and I don’t know how to come back,” the poet writes. Drawing from his experiences of terrible loss at a young age, Cerézo’s confessional poetry collection is absolutely dismal. Poignant, solemn, but—right....

Title : Dystopia and Derelict Dreams: Poems
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ISBN : 9781976331664
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Number of Pages : 74 Pages
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Dystopia and Derelict Dreams: Poems Reviews

  • Aj the Ravenous Reader
    2019-05-01 20:55

    I was kindly provided an ARC by the author who also happens to be my friend on Goodreads and who also happens to be a fellow Filipino. Perhaps, my views on his book will become automatically partial but I realize which of my reviews isn’t? Partial or not, here are my opinions of the Dystopia and Derelict Dreams, an amazing debut poetry collection. First off, I have to say I feel very proud of the author for self-publishing his poems. He made a very, courageous, wise and selfless decision because his poems indeed deserve to be read by people. A lot of the poems are very relatable and the author has a natural way with his words that appeal to the reader’s emotions. I love his use of imageries and metaphors stirring both my emotions and imagination. He is undoubtedly gifted with words and he used this gift very well. I could tell by the way he writes and expresses himself how mature and observant (qualities to being a good writer) he is despite his young age. He is able to make mundane events sound beautiful through his poetic words. I love that his subject matters and themes are very wide ranging. He definitely uses his eyes. He sees everything around him and magically transforms these things to beautiful poems.I also love how the poems become more and more intense as I fly through the pages. They become better, more sophisticated and more complex especially in the second part where I spot my favorite, “It Broke Me”. The mood, themes and the tone of the poems indeed match the title perfectly while the illustrations added not only creativity but more meaning to the poems. Definitely recommended. ;)

  • Beatrice Masaluñga
    2019-05-14 22:04

    ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.Dystopia and Derelict Dreams is a beautiful poetry collection. I love the words flowed naturally and each poems are genuinely straightforward. You'll know if a poetry collection is good if majority of the poems stirred your emotions and in this case, it did. It's relatable, poignant and I crave for more. The illustrations are great too and I like its simplicity. I only wish this collection is longer and I really want more. My favorite poems are: That's Why I Left, Catching Feelings, Nothing Is Permanent Except Change and Pieces of Advice. This collection is a must read and I recommend it. Congratulations Arvyn and Dessa for a job well done. Keep it up!

  • Neil (or bleed)
    2019-05-15 15:58

    ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.I like how each poem ends with a bang or a whimper (but mostly with a bang).I like how shady some poems are. Liked really shady. I don't like the fact that sometimes, I've lost in transition reading and digesting the poems.I like how pragmatic each poem was. How authentic, how straightforward.I like the fact that I'm running out of adjectives to describe this masterpiece.But most importantly, I like the title. (You had me at dystopia).

  • Elena ( The Queen Reads )
    2019-04-21 15:43

    Get out there and experience life or wait until it slaps you back for hating itIn all fairness, It was very good. You can feel the emotions and work that was put into it. It was also very well written and not just your common rhymes and shory phrases. Each line has depth and meaning and for a debut it really deserves a round of applaus. And not to mention the beautiful art that came along with it. Kudos to Arvyn and Dessa. PS : A review copy was given by the author in exchange of an honest review. It didn't affect my rating and review in any way.

  • Rafael Ray (The Royal Polar Bear Reads)
    2019-05-17 20:59

    It was beautifully crafted into a masterpiece. Each and every one of the poems. I like the tone or the voice that has been implied in the poetries. I like how you play those words. The illustrations are good! I like them. And the words that you have been using. It was so painful and emotional. Personal and transparent. I could see you on those poems but I could not see the YOU. There's a fine line of what you want to give. And every last line, it keeps me wanting more of it. I just keep on reading.If Part I is painful expect Part II would be excruciating and deep. It feels like this is my kind of pain that I could relate with. Fragile and Broken.I'm looking forward to the full poetry book. I really want to read more poetries from you, Arvyn!

  • Dessa Mae
    2019-05-15 18:58

    As the illustrator of this book, I've read all the poems a LOT of times - rereading and rereading each and every poem and finding significant objects to draw. And because of this, I was able to really get the emotion that each of the poem was inspiring to its readers - the pain, loss, and hurt. Also, every time I reread the poems, the depth and meaning accompanied by emotions still gets to me like the very first time I've read them. It's really an wonderful experience.It still amazes me how people can use words as their tool and avenue to release the emotions that they feel, and on top of that, they are able to relate the intensity of these emotions to others. If I were to describe what I'm feeling when I had a depressing experience, it would only be, "I'm sad" or "I just want to sleep and forget about it", so I really find the creativity of poets sooo amazing! Congrats Kuya Arvyn! You really did a great job!

  • Danielson
    2019-04-21 22:42

    Sharp and stellar writing. I can't believe it took his time to release this chapbook. The emotions one can feel when reading this are varied. One can really feel the hard-hitting pain of the poet. Kudos.

  • Herward James
    2019-05-12 20:56

    I rarely read poetry but I gave this a try. For a debut collection, it is worth reading. Angsty and lyrical. Everyone who's into poetry should read it

  • Marshal (thebookishhowler)
    2019-05-03 16:41

    Quite frankly, I’m still on verge of having a mixed feeling about this.I’ve really enjoyed the first half of this, but latter part was a tad hard for me to finish. I love how it was very straightforward, very lyrical too. You can definitely feel the emotions going around on every line. Some were even relatable. Although, I feel like there were some words that wasn’t necessarily needed to be used. But other than that, everything was great, and a plus for the minimalistic yet beautiful illustrations! Actual rating: 3.5 ✨

  • Bibliophilic Richard
    2019-04-28 15:03

    Review to come

  • Jomari Kristine
    2019-05-03 17:45

    Dystopia and Derelict dreams is an easy read. You can finish it within two hours, like I did.It will suck you into the world of gloomy universe where heart aches and betrayals exist but you would learn how to face, leave and move on from whatever monsters you have or you could have been. It's easy to relate, to feel, what the author wanted us to feel. I got teary eyed at times and had to pause because it triggered something in me, something I buried long time ago. I should be glad have these feels because some crave for it. So if you want to feel again, to feel every loss and pain, read this. And together with the author, find yourself moving on and be stronger than you thought you already were.

  • Jennylyn Cuba
    2019-04-28 20:54

    (ARC provided by author in exchange of an honest review) I don't read poetry books that much and what I like about this book is that it has stirred my emotions. Arvyn used simple words but despite this, he managed to convey his message and pinch my heart to feel emotions that I haven't thought I will feel. Each poem was well-written and I can relate to most of the poems. Plus the accompanying artworks are beautifully drawn. Kudos to Arvyn and Dessa Mae!

  • Omar
    2019-05-13 23:01

    I am not a fan of free verse if you ask me. But this book actually unlocks even the smallest emotion that you never assume to exist inside you.I even have to do quick walks after reading some parts of it, just to get away with the thoughts and emotions that it pours at you. Intoxicating in a good manner.

  • Marielle Barrios
    2019-04-26 19:04

    I am lost I don’t know how to come back. Oh my god! The first poem alone already hooked me. I liked these poems were weaved with finesse that you just stare at the wall for two seconds or something after reading them. I like how they are put together in this collection. The author is really talented.

  • Rosalie Timajo
    2019-05-05 16:50

    Raw and heartbreaking. Read it one sitting. More poems, please!

  • Christian
    2019-04-26 17:41

    I like the poems. I just wish they were longer...

  • Amy
    2019-04-27 21:01

    Heartwarming. It resonates to my heart. The poems are beautifully written. Congrats!

  • Isabelle
    2019-05-20 22:52

    Wasn't sure of the joining theme or idea of the bookI couldn't finish this book, it seemed to full of bitterness and self indulgence for me. It's not that I need a book to be cheerful in order to enjoy it, quite the opposite but I had no idea what this author was going for unfortunately. It seemed a general rage against the poet's life and the poems trailed off into something completely different to that which they started. I wanted to write an explanation for my review as the poet is not in my opinion a 'bad' writer at all, I just couldn't connect with the work, but as a writer I hope my review is constructive.

  • Clarisse St. Vincent
    2019-04-23 20:50

    Me after reading precious little gem:One of my best reads this year! I'm so trash for poetry and when I stumbled into it, I devoured it like any other poetry book. I'm not familiar with the author but when I read the lines... it felt like my world is crumbling too. It's just so painful that I couldn't help but cry a little after reading it. If there's a poetry book by this author in the future, I will be really trash for it! 5 freaking stars!

  • Shaine
    2019-05-07 19:35

    ARC is kindly provided by the author in exchange of honest review.It is my first time to read poetry as I am not a fan. I tried reading poems way back in high school and college but did not enjoy it. Also, no one introduces me to a good poem. I’m glad that Arvyn Cerézo, author of Dystopia and Derelict Dreams, introduce his poetry collection to me and I’m now considering of reading more poems soon.The illustrations inside are amazing, it gives added impact to me. I like the tone in this collection because I could feel the emotions that it is trying to send to its reader. Honestly, I can’t stop reading but I have to, because of the demands at work (that’s why it took me days to finish it).Part I hurt me but not so much like in Part II. There are poems that strike my heart, hurt me, made me think of the past, and realize things. Each poem there is one person in my life that pops in my head and reminds me of them past.Part II is intense and too painful. Most of the time, poems in Part II made me reflect about myself, my life right now and my relationship with others. Poetry collection in this part is “tagos sa puso”.I’m giving this high rating because it is the first time that I like reading poems, enjoys it and makes me want to explore reading more poetry collection in the future.Personal Favorite: At Your Beck and Call, You Are Everywhere, Ode to Moving On, Mirror Mirror, It Broke Me, Underwater, Stronger

  • Patrick Agaloos
    2019-05-13 16:57

    I recieved a digital advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I believe that poetries are conceived because of : a.) one's preternatural gift for words, the ability to pluck them out from some pocket and let them flow fluidly like water color on a soaked paper; and b.) a fair share of human struggle.Arvn Cerezo, possesses such gifts for words, no doubt. In this collection, he managed to meld very personal details and his contemplations on life, love, and loss of self-identity into well crafted pieces of narrative poetries, in which the readers will find themselves connecting to, accompanied with straightforward illustrations which perfectly represents each of the pieces.I highly recommend this collection to everyone who is into reading poetry. I can't wait to read a full length collection. Arvyn is surely one promising voice to watch out for.P.s Lang leav can leave.P.p.s pleasedontsharethishahaha

  • Grace Cieleen
    2019-05-18 17:50

    Given to me as I have requested from Arvyn. I am so so proud of this book and the person behind this. But setting that aside, this is my unbiased review. I know what I have read is not just a collection of poems but also a narration of life and its lessons. I actually finished it in one sitting. From the moment I started, I was immersed and lost in the writing. This is a collection of poems but for honestly I think it really is a collection of life stories - real life stories with heart and unspoken feelings waiting to be heard, to be read. Some of them really hurt and left me feeling heavy and I find that really beautiful because this writer is brave and bold enough to put into words what is easily not said. And with that, this has earned my full admiration.This book is raw and honest. What a poignant debut. Looking forward to reading more (and hopefully longer!!) books!

  • Daboy Villacortes
    2019-04-23 21:57

    "You shut my name when I pour apologies.I wish you were kinder enough to pay heed,But then you made me light a match andSet myself on fire."---------------------------I'm a sucker for poetry books being a frustrated poet myself. I read quite a few poetry collections and the problem I usually encounter is how I can't feel most of the poems' emotions- not because I can't relate or anything but I don't know.. maybe it's the style or maybe it's just a flaw in my part. That is why I'm glad I connected to this poetry book even tho the connection was immediately cut short when I found out I'm reading the last poem. (I wanted more)So yep, this is up to far for a debut of a young millennial poet. Hope to read more from Arvyn soon.

  • Silvana [The Book Voyagers]
    2019-04-23 18:59

    Copy provided by the author. Opinions are my own.Dystopia and Derelict Dreams is a self-published poetry collectionn written by a Filipino author. I enjoyed it a lot. Look, poetry sometimes is difficult for me because it's sometimes confusing. I actually started enjoying it because of #romanceclass books and Dawn's poetry collections. They are inspiring! And this one, Dystopia and Derelict Dreams, is no less.It talks about many things and it actually makes you feel something, you can relate to it and the author's way of writing is very enchanting and he has a way to take your attention since the very beginning without letting you go.

  • Anilou
    2019-05-13 15:01

    "You cannot find happiness in the place that you lost it." --An excerpt from the poem It Broke MeThis quote personally attacked me in ways that I can't imagine. I have read several poetry books for the last 4 years and yet I couldn't compare each and everyone of them with the pain that this book had. Tragic yet beautifully made poems that readers could all relate with. I loved the Epilogue! Especially the part wherein it tackles the growth of the character. Kudos to Arvyn! My hands are down.

  • Daian Dee (deelovebooks)
    2019-05-01 16:00

    A Surprisingly Good Poetry-DebutI've had lengthy lines to say, and I already did on my blog. I got an ARC of this collection and still bought it on Amazon. Yep, I support the author because I believe in his capability and his work. The words get through to me. And you must feel, like really feel inside when reading the poems, because if you don't? You're not entirely human or you just hate the guy. Haha.

  • Cerize Sicat
    2019-04-19 18:53

    Rating: 3.75 out of 5 🌟I received an ARC from the author himself for an honest review. I actually applaud him for having this poetry book published because he did everything himself. But as promised - even though I think he's pretty damn awesome - I shall provide my 100% honest review about his work.Arvyn has a way of making his words be felt by the reader which I really loved. That's actually what i'm looking for first in poetry; if the poems itself does not hit home, I don't even bother reading the rest. The poems he made are sophisticated and well-worded. They are intricate, beautiful and extremely relatable. There also poems here which I think are out of place - like a puzzle piece in a wrong puzzle board. It's just me, probably. But those pieces were drowned out by the good ones like some of my favorites which are Stone Cold, You Left Me, and Trapped.I like the minimalism of the illustrations in his book because it gives that sophisticated (yes, second time to use this word) vibe which matches with his writing style. All in all, I suggest this book to every poetry lovers out there. It's a really good one. Also, good job Arvyn. You deserve a pat on the back. Cheers!

  • Cris Anne Imperial
    2019-04-22 22:56

    Despite the fact that I highlighted a lot of lines in this book, I can't say that I liked it that much. A poetry book usually appeals to me when it gives me so much feels in a few pages or words. This one didn't give me that much. I am still considering the fact that maybe, I just wasn't able to relate and connect. But I kept on waiting for the chapter that will move me and before I knew it, I already finished the book. Anyhow, I still got to enjoy a lot of lines and poems in here. If ever Arvyn Cerezo has a new poetry book, I will give it another go! 3 stars!

  • Inah (The Bibliophile Confessions)
    2019-04-25 19:49

    Actual rating is 2.5/5I'm going to be the blacksheep on this one. Although, I enjoyed some of the pieces but half of it was pretty much meh for me, thus me setting the rating to half.I just really think that poetry isn't my cup of tea and I'm glad a lot of my friends liked this one. It's just another case of the book falling into the hands of the wrong reader.

  • Mona
    2019-05-04 21:48

    Surprisingly good poems given that this is the author's debut poetry collection. Good luck on your career, Arvyn!