Author Ashley Worhol
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What if you could view the world from someone else’s eyes… wouldn’t you be curious?
“Would their perspective create questions within your own personal thoughts? Would their world then become your world? I invite you to enter my mind as I bring you on a journey within my thoughts. Perception is an interactive hybrid poetry and photography book. The stories within Perception are based on my perspective of this mysterious place we call our world. Our world is changing-and with change, I continue to seek answers of the unknown-the physical things one cannot see. The idea behind Perception is that you, the reader, may enter my world. Although a painted picture is already present, while reading the words, I invite you to visualize these poems through your own eyes. It is now your turn to share with me your perception of my world.” Ashley Worhol
In Perception is a poetry book written by singer, songwriter, composer and producer, Ahsley Worhol of the Houston Texas based Symphonic Metal band Worhol she asks readers “If you could view the world through someone else’s eyes, wouldn’t you be curious?”
Not being very familiar with Ashley Warhol and her work as a musician or writer I just really went right into Perception not knowing what to expect. The poems are written in a way to allow readers to perceive and interpret the meaning for themselves.
The poems actually wove a story together and followed the character on a journey. There were many dark dystopian themes and I enjoyed the poem about becoming a vampire called Nightwalker. There are some religious themes sprinkled throughout the poems expressing that the lack of faith is leading the world to its destruction and the character in the poem held spiritual beliefs. At times there is a personal struggle and other times the character is on a journey to help find and guide others in a dystopian world. I personally hold different beliefs so this was the only thing I felt I could not relate to.
The poems appear written in various ways on various mediums from scraps of paper to old worn out books. Each poem has a unique style of typeface and background. They are laid out as if they are snapshots and images taken of poems written over the course of a journey. Each poem is split up with artistic images of the author in relation to the theme of the poem. All the images are beautifully crafted with a mix of realistic photography artistically rendered to fit the theme. Every poem conveys strong emotions and definitely takes the reader on a journey to experience everything from loss of innocence to the brink of death and then hope and peace.
I can see that these poems were crafted by a brilliant lyricist. They would actually lend well to being turned into songs and each have very strong themes of their own. You could read the poems as individual pieces or put them together to tell a bigger story. Her experience with writing, singing and producing music shines in this book. I could imagine this being an album with the poems being the lyrics to each song.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys highly emotional poetry, especially with darker themes. Even if you are not much of a fan of poetry it still makes an interesting read and the imagery very creative and artistic. I am sure the physical book would be a lovely piece on anyone’s coffee table or bookshelf. I was pleasantly surprised even though I went blindly into this before knowing much about the author. It took a little to get into at first as some of the typefaces especially in cursive were hard to read. Though the more poems I read and started connecting them to the journey it became more interesting. Now that I have become acquainted with Ashley Worhols work I will have a look at her music as well.
Photographer: Craig Bryon
HMA: Yvonne Hunt
Editor: Sandy DaBolt
Graphics: Scott Deyett
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Review by Cathrine Wendt