Growing up, my father often told me that I’d never get any work done if I continued to daydream about my past. My mother always encouraged it; she said it’s the only reason why great artists are so respected. I never grew out of that – reminiscing.Orion Carloto
I came across the poetry book “Film for Her” by Orion Carloto while exploring poetry titles available on my Kindle Unlimited subscription. Initially drawn by its simple yet striking book cover, I assumed it was the work of an independent writer. Intrigued, I decided to give it a shot.
This turned out to be more of a personal scrap-book, or like the title suggests, a film album of sorts for the author herself. It is filled with pretty photographs, intimate short personal essays, and, of course, a collection of poems. The content is tailored for the enjoyment of the author’s inner circle or fans. I had no clue that Orion Carloto is a popular YouTuber/model and discovered that only after looking up the author online, since the photos in the book featured model-esque individuals.
Some of the poems do have well-written lines that are enjoyable to read, but most of them were slightly repetitive and sounded like things you’ve already read in other poetry books with much better imagery. However, it might prove to be a good pick for younger readers who aren’t used to reading classical poetry, since most of Orion Carloto’s poems are about love, mental health and personal struggles, and are also easy to understand.
Through her poems, Orion reinforces familiar notions about writers, suggesting that one might require four cups of coffee, a pack of cigarettes, or a bottle of alcohol to ignite their imagination. And while this does hold through for many, I guess reading about the same things again and again becomes tiring. There’s not a lot of original thought in there. I enjoyed looking at the photographs more than the poetry in “Film for Her”.
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