By Mary Tan
AAP Staff Writer
In many books of poetry, each poem symbolizes one story. But what if a series of poems could link together to tell one story?
That is the idea of author Kelly Vang, whose emotional book Star Watchers tells the story of a woman who looks to the stars for emotional help.
The book is a collection of poems that are relatively short, simple and direct. But even the shortest poems have powerful descriptive writing.
Vang guides readers through the highs and lows of human emotion. In one poem called Beloved, the California author starts with the feeling of despair and hopelessness but then ends with an unexpected surprise of true love.
Other prose is dark and sometimes even frightening. In Once Gentle Waterfalls of Niagra, Vang writes about a beast who had a beautiful wife. Vang describes the drama of the beast finding out his wife’s infidelity with another man. By the end of the poem the man, described as a monster, dies a violent death at the hands of the beast.
Star Watchers also uses current day issues and news headlines to spark readers’ emotions and give the book a very modern feel. In How Thieves Have Come to Every Corner, Vang writes how no one, the rich nor the poor, is excused from becoming financial victims. Evil is found in every facet of society.
Vang insists her book of poetry is “a dark tale of gloom and revelations, as a grief-stricken woman hides in desolation to regain strength, hope and tranquility from the stars.”
Through her writing you feel like you are going in and out of many strange worlds. Sometimes you will feel a chill down your spine or the tranquility of peace and eternal beauty. The roller coaster of words keeps you reading.
There is no question the book mirrors real life. No one can escape human emotion and societal problems or even the feeling of true happiness. Vang beautifully showcases that while entertaining us at the same time.
Vang is a Hmong American author who lives in Fresno, California. In her book’s bio she writes, “she graduated in 2009 from college with a degree in international business and business finance and began writing poetry at the age of 13.” She also says her favorite writer is Edgar Allen Poe, who inspired several poems in Star Watchers.
Star Watchers is available on Amazon.com for $14.95 or you can purchase it through the author herself at www.kellyvang.com.