A Sea of Expectations by Jens Fink-Jensen
The stage is set for the poems to follow and perhaps the overall themes to be found within this new book as well. It’s a peaceful opening, and one of deep creative thoughts.Amazon USA
A Sea of Expectations
Copyright 2022, Cyberwit
Reviewed by LB Sedlacek
Jens Fink-Jensen opens up his book with this first poem “Colours in Between” and the opening lines: “1 / I listen / completely quiet in the night / when the winds betray the darkness.” The stage is set for the poems to follow and perhaps the overall themes to be found within this new book as well. It’s a peaceful opening, and one of deep creative thoughts.
Fink-Jensen has a good ear (so to speak) and easily captures the worlds expressed in each poem. The poems fit together beautifully in an overall composition of passionate poetry. Yet, the poet also alternates to a somewhat darker side giving the reader alternate view points of despair, silence and perhaps emptiness. The poems reach out to the reader in so many different ways.
The poems are mostly free verse, with a bit of form used here and there. Within these pages, deep emotion is achieved but always with a curious reflection.
From the poem “The Fisherman”:
Since he was born
On an ancient coast
He has seen the sea
Like a silver tray
As the evening nears”
The imagery seems infinite. It is almost transformative. Or at the very least, it is respectful and caressing. The book covers many subjects such as love, dragons, family relations and even a message in a bottle.
The poetry is utterly compelling. It is engaging while also relevant. The book is divided into 6 sections including one of new poems. Each one seems to build upon the other.
I found myself lingering in the Sea of Change section the most where the poet uses lines such as “The sea has caught fire / Floating gold washing up on the beach” and “In this valley / Where dragons and monsters / Once ate grown-ups and children” and “Climb down to me, sky / Seize me with stars.” This whole section seems other worldly to me and I can envision these other places, these other lives the poet may or may not have lived (as illustrated in the poems) so easily. Other sections include “Travels in Sorrow” and “Everything is an Opening.”
Your senses will be awakened in this book. This is a poetical trip you’ll want to take with Fink-Jensen!