• Tabitha Tomala

A Route Obscure and Lonely by LindaAnn LoSchiavo

Updated: Jul 12


From the relationships of the Gods, to chance encounters with the supernatural, A Route Obscure and Lonely will take readers on fantastical journeys. The sheer diversity between poems shows that LindaAnn LoSchiavo is a talented writer. And the diversity doesn’t end with just the stories being told. This collection of poems comes in all forms and styles. There is sure to be a poem for everyone.


Readers will be transported with LoSchiavo’s beautiful imagery and word choice. Each and every poem in the collection has a story to tell. One of my favorites was “What’s in the Shadows”. A short poem about being visited in the night by dark spirits. Each time they visit, they take little more away from you slowly bringing you to the end of your life. Another poem I enjoyed was “The Shoemaker Breaks His Silence”. This wonderful retelling of Cinderella where a shoemaker creates the glass slippers made me laugh. The grumpy shoemaker is more than willing to take money in exchange for making glass slippers, and he will complain about the entire experience.


I loved how this collection of poetry was focused on a wide range of emotions. Readers will be swept up in the throes of love just as easily as they will be drawn into the shadows. And fans of Edgar Allan Poe will see hints of his inspiration peppered throughout the poems. Including a poem all to his own where LoSchiavo explores the women Poe wrote about.


A Route Obscure and Lonely is a versatile and engaging read. For readers who enjoy poetry, this is not one book you want to miss!


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