The Four Deadly Horsemen: Terror, Bewilderment, Frustration, and Fear by Brandt Schubbe is a collection of poems that are, curiously, grouped thematically under different sentiments and moods. In these poems, the author explores different emotions of life, including terror, bewilderment, frustration, and fear. These emotions are very symbolic in this collection and the author rides high on them.
The opening poem makes an insightful statement and points to the mental and physical lethargy that sometimes overwhelms us when we experience chaos. The poems cover a wide range of topics, including lessons of war, the questions that life throws at us, and the experience of love and loss.
Brandt Schubbe’s style is unique and evocative, with short lines that are strong in rhythm. The diction is awesome and the author shows deftness in coining phrases that allow readers to feel what he writes about. Some of the poems are very insightful and loaded with life lessons. One of my favorite poems is “An Early Twenties Revelation,” and the following stanza caught my attention and left me mulling:
“I must focus
For this moment
Is just right…”
This is the kind of collection for readers who love poems that are simply written, intimate, and emotionally rich. The reader is pulled in and compelled to see the world and reality through the eyes of the poet or the persona. The use of the first person lends great force to the poems, elevating them to a state of intimacy. The poet ceases to be an observer and becomes the subject of the poems. The Four Deadly Horsemen: Terror, Bewilderment, Frustration, and Fear is beautifully written and evocative, sweet to the ears, and emotionally appealing.