Dystopia and Derelict Dreams
What is it like to live a life in a dystopia?Arvyn Cerezo’s debut poetry collection delves into the complexities of difficult themes such as death, depression, loss, and suburbia living. Often contemplative and questioning, the collection also explores the intricacies of neo diaspora and how it saves the poet’s life.With poems written in short narrative verses, Dystopia and Derelict Dreams mostly tackles an important phase of being human—finding oneself after losing the sense of self-identity.

Dystopia and Derelict Dreams Details

TitleDystopia and Derelict Dreams
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 15th, 2017
PublisherLondonderry Press
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GenrePoetry

Dystopia and Derelict Dreams Review

  • Aj the Ravenous Reader
    January 1, 1970
    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 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. ;)
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  • Beatrice Masaluñga
    January 1, 1970
    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 fav 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!
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  • Neil (or bleed)
    January 1, 1970
    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 dyst 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).
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  • Elena ( The Queen Reads )
    January 1, 1970
    Get out there and experience life or wait until it slaps you back for hating it In 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 r Get out there and experience life or wait until it slaps you back for hating it In 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.
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  • Rafael Ray (The Royal Polar Bear Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    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 readi 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!
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  • Danielson
    January 1, 1970
    Sharp, 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.
  • Dessa Mae
    January 1, 1970
    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 peop 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!
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  • Bibliophilic Richard
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come
  • Herward James
    January 1, 1970
    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
  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Heartwarming. It resonates to my heart. The poems are beautifully written. Congrats!
  • Jennylyn Cuba
    January 1, 1970
    (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!
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  • Grace Cieleen
    January 1, 1970
    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 unsp 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!
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  • Marielle Barrios
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Rosalie Timajo
    January 1, 1970
    Raw and heartbreaking. Read it one sitting. More poems, please!
  • Mona
    January 1, 1970
    Surprisingly good poems given that this is the author's debut poetry collection. Good luck on your career, Arvyn!
  • Jomar Padilla
    January 1, 1970
    Where can i buy a paperback copy of this?
  • Christian
    January 1, 1970
    I like the poems. I just wish they were longer...
  • Patrick Agaloos
    January 1, 1970
    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-id 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
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  • Diana Diaz 디아나
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Rhick Esteves
    January 1, 1970
    e-ARC provided by the author in exchange of an honest reviewI like poetry for its capablity to lock me inside a world drowning with words and uncontrollable emotions. And I admit that this poetry collection is a siren that lured me with its beautiful voice. Honestly, when I first read its title, I can't help myself from being really curious and I was so excited to enter this unknown territory of light and darkness. At the beginning, I indeed created a set of expectations for this book and as exp e-ARC provided by the author in exchange of an honest reviewI like poetry for its capablity to lock me inside a world drowning with words and uncontrollable emotions. And I admit that this poetry collection is a siren that lured me with its beautiful voice. Honestly, when I first read its title, I can't help myself from being really curious and I was so excited to enter this unknown territory of light and darkness. At the beginning, I indeed created a set of expectations for this book and as expected, it surpassed those assumptions. I thought that this is going to be just a glimpse of the glows and the shadows of the authors life. But I was wrong. The speaker of the poems use the power of its lines and stanzas to keep me on reading until I finish the book. At the end, I looked back and here with me is a bunch of memories. It reminded of all the alleys between the towers of love and hate. I was able to observe the corners and edges between life and death. It made feel a lot and it made me numb. And as each syllable and rhyme go beyond a place darker than I expected, I was so convinced to continue this trip. And at the end of the book, I realized that even these poems made me feel both sad and lonely, I craved for more. Because at the pages of the book, I also found that no matter how lost you are, you'll be never gone. This poetry collection is definitely a must read.
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  • Arvyn Cerézo
    January 1, 1970
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