Sweet Oblivion by Jasmin Loren #poetry

35889367‘Sweet Oblivion’ is Jasmin Loren’s debut poetry collection.

The poems within showcase a soul laid bare for all to see and demonstrate the struggles each and every one us faces at some point in our lives.

The poems within ‘Sweet Oblivion’ cover a variety of themes, from life and love to heartache and death, and if these poems show nothing else, they show how resilient we are as human beings.

Our souls can be crushed, our hope extinguished, but we will always find a way to not only survive, but to thrive and move forward, stronger than before.

Source Format Word Count Publisher Genre Publication Date
Smashwords ebook 3140 indie Poetry July 24th, 2017

Most of us know Jasmin aka Jazz of I Swoon Over Fictional Menand as such you may be preparing yourself to read this review thinking I may be biased. Choice is yours, but as a disclaimer I would like to add, that while I generally am a decent person, I would not kiss anyone’s ass just for the sake of knowing them. I like to believe my Estonian nature of character does not allow me to be fake… xoxo is something I always cringe over, hearts and kisses emojis are something I use more freely as of late but I still find them to be way too liberal for my liking. Basically, I don’t hand out compliments for the sake of chit chat, I don’t gush over your reviews or books for the sake of being apart of the Fangirl Club- if I send you a heart emoji, virtual hugs, or compliment your work then you better believe I am being honest because praise? In my eyes you gotta earn it to receive it! My point is… am I biased? I can tell you, I’m not… just because I know Jazz through book blogging has not had an impact on this review.Β 

Aaaanyway, after this superlong purge of an introduction, let’s go back to the title in the spotlight- ‘Sweet Oblivion‘!

In the Introduction to the poetry collection ‘Sweet Oblivion‘, Jasmin says:

Sweet Oblivion, for me, is so much more than a book. It’s my soul laid bare for all to see. The poems within cover a variety of themes, from the joys of life to the heartache of death.

This is exactly what Jasmin has done… The poems are grouped into categories of ‘life’, ‘love’, ‘heartache’ and ‘death’, and I just realized that quite simply the collection goes through a life cycle much like humans do.

This collection of poetry holds within itself a beautiful example of crafty penmanship through which Jasmin demonstrates every possible human emotion. It is not delivered in a complicated verse. The verse is simple yet effective and there are lines upon lines to which most of us can relate to. Some lines are so powerful, that they took me back to certain moments in my own life.

For example, a poem called Hanami:

Cherry blossom petals drifted in the air

Pink and white raindrops in our hair

We sat beneath a tree drinking beer

Grinning and carefree, hearts filled with cheer.

Those carefree moments in our lives are so important and even though we tend to remember the hardships and horrors of our lives more vividly, these simple joyful moments written into poetry help us remember the simple pleasures of life. After reading Hanami, I was transported back to an early morning, 5AM I believe it was, some 10 years back. I was alone, my boot laces undone trailing behind me, the sun was rising, the morning dew filled the air with freshness and I swear that moment in time made my heart want to burst out of my chest. It was just the instance of this moment that made me want to sit on the highway and have it repeat in a loop for eternity. Have you ever had such moments? Let me know in the comments πŸ™‚

The best way to ever get a message of any kind across, is to make sure the message holds a meaning that everyone with their logical mind can see truth to. We are human beings- we are simple yet complicated and all of our emotions are overlapping to some extent and because of this, Jasmin really has dug deep to put into words that we all see, hear and feel every day of our lives through her own experiences.

A poem called BlindΒ resonated with me a whole lot. It is essentially about everyone us going about our lives and even if we say we care, we are often blind to the things and people we could offer aid to. It’s the harsh truth and reality and one we see in every day life. Here is a snippet:

And yet here

People amble by

Clad in coats

Wrapped in scarves

Hands rammed in pockets

They scurry along

Their heads down

Eyes open yet blind

This collection is not only about events and situations, and impact of life on a human being. Every one of those instances, good or bad, are wrapped in eloquent words which create their own vivid atmosphere in a moment in time.

My overall feeling and observation after finishing this collection and having read Jasmin’s thoughts in her reviews, comments, other published works is that the ability to feel with every piece of her being is what makes Jasmin a poet. Whether a good or bad experience, she takes them and turns them into something bigger, something unified, something universal. Whether a blessing or a curse, when a soul digests everything that life ever throws at it, it is of utmost importance what the person behind the soul decides to do with it. Jasmin doesn’t only express her joy and sadness, she sees the beauty in all that is, as is evident in one of my favorite poems from the collection- Miniature Universes:

They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul

But look closer, gaze deeper, don’t you see there’s more?

There’s oceans to be found amongst a simple blue

Sun-drenched hills and fields made of gold-flecked green

The earth, the root of all life, is that warm brown

Obsidian, unusual and piercing, is a start-studded night sky

And the dawn of a new day can be seen through eyes of amber

So, the eyes are not just windows to the soul

They are windows to new worlds, to entire universes

And when all is said and done, isn’t that something of a miracle?

That poem! It is everything I believe in- that we are all spectres of dust, one with everything that is cosmic and energy. All and everything wrapped into a few lines of beautiful simplicity that Jasmin has taken time to notice… how wonderful is that?

If you have just an hour of your time to spend in between all of the great novels of fantasy, thrillers or romance to spare, I do recommend you check ‘Sweet Oblivion‘ out. Immerse yourself in all that is life, love, heartbreak and death; the balanced life cycle of all that exists and all that makes us human, and as such- support the work of a poet.

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43 comments

  1. I had one such moment when I was on Maui for an internship. I can’t swim at all but I really wanted a sea turtle and after swimming out past the sea cliff (with multiple flotation devices strapped to me), I didn’t see anything. I floated and waited for a while and right when I was going to give up, a sea turtle came swimming along the ocean floor. I probably stopped breathing it was so amazing. I had a waterproof camera but it didn’t even cross my mind to take a picture as I watched him settled on the sea floor and take a nap. I floated back to land so content and happy and that moment is ingrained in my mind forever.
    Anyway, (sorry long winded there), this sounds like a great collection! I normally don’t go for poetry stories but I may just have to pick this one up because it just sounds so true and honest. Thank you for sharing!

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    • That’s such a wonderful experience! ❀ Your effort and determination certainly paid off. Like you say, sometimes in those sorts of moments we forget to take photos, but I always think it's important to experience special moments like that in person rather than through a lens. What a beautiful memory for you to have ❀ It sounds absolutely breathtaking.
      If you check out 'Sweet Oblivion', I hope that you enjoy it πŸ˜€

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      • Yes! Exactly. Every moment doesn’t need to be captured on camera for sure and the ones that aren’t usually ended up having the most significant impact on our lives.
        I’ve added it to my TBR so I will definitely check it out. Thank you!

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    • Aww thank you so much! I can’t even describe how happy it makes me feel to know that people are not only reading my work, but enjoying it too. Reading the reviews and comments for my little book has been so heartwarming (it’s the only word I can think of to describe it)…knowing that people can connect with my poems and relate to the emotions conveyed through them. It’s so surreal!

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  2. A great review Liz! It’s such a good book. I really enjoyed it too. Jazz should be really proud of what she produces.
    I remember once going for a long walk and exploring an area I didn’t know very well. I walked for about 2 miles along a dirt path that lead up a very steep hill. This literally almost killed me not even joking I saw my life flash in front of my eyes several times!! Anyway, when I got to the top of the hill I was amazed to find a reservoir. The scenery was stunning. It was just endless hills and moorland in all directions. I couldn’t see any man made structures anywhere (apart from the res) and I couldn’t hear any cars, planes, people etc. It was such a tranquil and natural environment. I took off my shoes, sat on the grass, got a book out of my backpack and read for about 5 hours straight. I didn’t see another person the whole time. I occasionally popped my head up from my book and thought about how this is what the land must have looked like everywhere thousands of years ago. I genuinely think I was the happiest and most content with just being with myself than ever before.

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    • Thank you again for your lovely, kind words! I’m so, so pleased that you enjoyed ‘Sweet Oblivion’ πŸ˜€
      That sounds like such an incredible experience you had. It’s difficult to imagine that such a place could exist in this day and age, an age where motorways and the cars upon them zig zag across the country, where planes choke out their fumes into atmosphere, where entire forests are felled on a daily basis…it sounds like you found your section of paradise. Have you returned there since? πŸ™‚

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      • You’re welcome. I have returned, but it’s like a 2.5 hour walk to get there (and 2.5 hours back) so I don’t go too often. If I have a day off work and want to go for a long walk I’ll pack a lunch, a good book and make my way up there.

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    • Ah, maaaan! Your moment sounds exactly like something I always am in search for as well… Sounds like complete bliss and there’s nothing better than feeling disconnected from the hstle and bustle and connected with the natural side of life. Bare feet in the grass, fresh air and peace really do make miracles for the soul! πŸ™‚

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  3. This is an absolutely fantastic review Liz.πŸ‘Œ

    Far more detailed for a short poetry collection than I manage for a 500 word book!πŸ˜‚

    I downloaded this when Jazz first advertised that it had been published but had yet to give it a go. After your review I’m going to leave my book alone and read this tonight now. A bit of blogger solidarity though if I like it I guess that means I’ll have to be nice to Jazz!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  4. Oh my actual God, Liis! You’ve turned me into a tearful wreck with this beautiful review. I’m so, so glad that you put that disclaimer at the beginning. I will be honest and say that one of my concerns about my blogging friends reading it was that they might feel pressured into being nice about it, but knowing that this is how you genuinely feel about ‘Sweet Oblivion’ has brought me more happiness than you could ever realize.
    Poetry is such a subjective thing; people can interpret one poem in one hundred ways, but you seem to have gleaned the messages and emotions I wove into my words perfectly ❀
    I adore the line 'Whether a blessing or a curse, when a soul digests everything that life ever throws at it, it is of utmost importance what the person behind the soul decides to do with it.' because that is exactly why I'm a poet. I'd spent too many years letting things eat me up and I find that by releasing that pent up emotion in the form of a poem, all that pain, all that negativity, is transformed. It becomes something that other people can relate to and perhaps something that can ultimately help them, even if it's just by letting them know that they're not alone. That knowledge, for me anyway, transforms that pain into something beautiful.
    Thank you so, so, so, so much for reading 'Sweet Oblivion'. I'm so happy that you enjoyed it! ❀

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    • Not to worry Jazz- I was absolutely certain I was going to enjoy this collection having seen some of your poems beforehand… You just have a way with words, you do! and I hope to see more of your work published in the future πŸ™‚
      Unfortunately, the best poets are always so because of their heartbreak and not always such good exeriences… I remember writing poetry when I was younger and a bit miserable- my best work was created back then, once I dug myself out of a black hole and decided to let nothing sway me, my writing’s gone to sh#t πŸ˜€ Well, not to propagate the idea that one has to stay miserable in order to produce work. Besides, you also proved that you can make the already beautiful even more gorgeous so I am glad to see a balance there…
      Keep doing what you’re doing and I am sure people will find solace in your words! ❀

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      • Hopefully, you’ll be seeing more of my work by the end of the year. I have the sequel brewing in the back of my mind so I’ll be sure to keep you updated πŸ™‚ One of my friends suggested making an email list, so I could update people on new releases but I’m not sure if that’d be getting a bit ahead of myself πŸ˜›
        It’s strange, isn’t it? How we can transform our pain into something beautiful. Don’t give up on your writing, though! If I’m feeling particularly happy, I try and write something from the perspective of another person. Not so long ago, I wrote a poem from the perspective of my great aunt, who had just passed away. As readers and writers, we’re extremely empathetic so definitely don’t give up on the writing πŸ™‚
        Thank you so, so much for all of your support and encouragement, both in regards to my writing and my new venture at university ❀ I really do wish we lived closer. It'd be awesome to hang out!

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  5. I knew you’d be objective even without that introduction ;-). I wish I had moments like that where my heart is ready to burst by looking at a sunset or sunrise and just appreciating the moment. I like the Miniature Universes poem too, it feels like it is written for every reader!

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    • Ah, thank you πŸ™‚ It’s great to have your trust! ❀
      Inge- I do believe everyone will have such moments in their lives, at least once… and hopefully more, so I do believe that at any time you could find yourself in such a moment, with the realization that it's going to stay with you for the rest of your life and that you can tap into that feeling of bliss whenever you want to πŸ™‚

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed ‘Miniature Universes’. It was a fun one to write ❀
      You might not have had any of those moments yet, but I can guarantee you'll experience at least one at some point. You'll experience it and you'll just know that it's something you're going to remember for the rest of your life ❀

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    • I find a lot of people are afraid of poetry and I think schools are to blame for that sometimes. When you’re in an English class, you’re told to dissect a poem and study it practically syllable by syllable. What other people take to be the meaning of a poem is irrelevant; what matters is what YOU think it means, what YOU take from it ❀

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  6. hehehe a teensy bit tempted to use loads of emojis now, after your intro, but I’ll settle for just one πŸ˜‰ Aww wow I love Jasmin’s description of her work and I’m so glad it lived upto that. I really like the extracts you’ve included as well. And gosh yes I can really relate to that poem. And what a gorgeous way to put it: “Whether a blessing or a curse, when a soul digests everything that life ever throws at it, it is of utmost importance what the person behind the soul decides to do with it”. And miniature universe is a stunning poem!! Really loved this review- beautifully done!

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  7. I made a personal decision not to review any friends/bloggers’ books because I don’t think I could be unbiased enough and it would pain me too much if I could not enjoy their work! So I commend you for doing so.
    Jazz is an awesome blogger and I wouldn’t expect anything less from her writing, so I’m super glad you enjoyed this! I’m actually not a poetry fan, but I do love reading reviews about poetry as much as about any other type of literature. It’s pretty fun πŸ™‚
    Epic review, Liz! (And you should know, I also only hand out compliments and heart emoji when they are deserved so: ❀ πŸ˜€ )

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  8. This sounds wonderful. Great intro by the way. Some people do need to be reminded that some of us like to abide by the “honesty is the best policy” rule. It does seem like Jasmin nailed it based on those bits you shared and your ability to connect with her poems. I’ve only perused one collection of poems recently (before that.. I didn’t touch any) and I do think it’s something worth checking out for sure. Great review, Liz! πŸ™‚

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