Speculative Stanzas

Book cover for The Purpose of Reality: Lunar by Steve Simpson features a background of watercolor like greens, oranges, and reds and the ascending white silhouettes of two human bodies with what appear like one-piece bathing suits that provide a glimpse to the ribcage beneath in a rainbow of colors.

Within the collection of poetry in The Purpose of Reality: Lunar by Steve Simpson, surreal imagery is offered as readers encounter some rather interesting beings and the stories of their existence that toy with the confines of reality.

Comprised of a few shorter poems and a few longer-form poems, the poetry within this collection introduces entities of unique origins and narratives, presenting vivid imagery of a surreal nature, as if readers are immersed in a dream where rules of governance exist but are wildly changed from the accepted expectations of what typically constitutes reality. With the text presented in a verse format, it could be easy to fall in to a trap of reading it in a halting manner; however, as the collection progressed it became easier to read the poetry as fluidly as one might read prose, especially with the imaginative characters and landscape offered. While each of the poems present individual concepts and stories, they slowly become threaded together, morphing more closely toward being a more singular, cohesive entity as the collection draws to a close. Similar to The Purpose of Reality: Solar, the poetry, and illustrations, collected within these pages have a way to sticking in the mind with the peculiarities they depict and the ideas or topics they encourage further contemplation on.

Overall, I’d give it a 4 out of 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Steve Simpson · August 22

    Thank you for reviewing my poetry. 🧡 I appreciate it.

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