Poetry Book Review

Noir by Derek R King

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Noir (or as the night comes) was published back in October 2020 by 8N Publishing and in a short time has gained the Literary Titan book award. Derek R King’s next poetry book is expected to be released in Spring 2021. 

You want dark

I can oblige,

I am the dark.

Welcome, Derek R King

I didn’t quite know what to expect when Derek sent me a review copy, too often books that are lauded as being dark are quite fluffy, particularly when you’ve been a long time horror reader such as I.

A single, solitary

water drop falls

Noir shakes a black veil at you before smothering you. The first section of the book is much more about our personal mental health struggles. Then, as we enter the second section we are literally pushed off the precipice and on a freefall through the darkest pits of humanity and depravation. 

Streets that run with anger

Streets that run with hate

Streets, Derek R King

Noir’s poetic rhythms and rhymes whisper to you but slowly build up a thick layer of darkness as we move through its recurring themes of internal mental struggles and social dystopia such as addiction. It examines the topics in society that have been left unchecked for too long. It’s not always a comfortable read but there are moments of hope and companionship and that makes this true dark poetry.

Head over to Amazon to check it out. You can also find Derek R King on twitter


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2 thoughts on “Poetry Book Review

  1. Derek King

    Hi Katy

    Thank you for taking the time to read ‘Noir: (or when the night comes)’ and for putting together this review.

    I’m glad you were able to take something from it’s dark themes and hopes.

    In many respects the next volume is pretty much everything Noir is not and I look forward to sharing that with you and all in due course.

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