Skip to main content
The Independent Critic

 Book Review: Words Left Unspoken by J.A. McGovern 
Add to favorites

While I review books on a regular basis, I seldom do so with unsolicited submissions. However, as someone familiar with J.A. McGovern's filmmaking I decided to make an exception and delve into his debut poetry collection "Words Left Unspoken."

To be released by Kansas-based Anamcara Press on April 26, 2024, "Words Left Unspoken" is introspective, universal, natural, and often quite intimate. Embracing the complexities of what it means to be human, "Words Left Unspoken" is both simple and profound. McGovern weaves a literary tapestry of questions we all ask and experiences we all have in our daily lives. An analytical inorganic chemist in his daily life, McGovern has long expressed himself in a myriad of ways. "Words Left Unspoken" is a collection that embraces all the senses stimulating heart and mind with equal passion.

I found myself most deeply engaged with McGovern's longer works here - "Brought to Light" radiates with visuals one can practically see and feel and taste while "Diary Entry to a 17 Year Old Suicide Case" devastates with poignancy and emotional honesty. "Matter of Seconds" makes you think and think again.

I could go on and on.

A finalist for the Amity Literary Prize, "Words Left Unspoken" is presented in two parts - Lost Moments Between Thoughts and Moments Transitions to Memories, the latter also beautifully presenting the diversity and beauty of Haiku.

A worthy title for poetry lovers, "Words Left Unspoken" is available from most of your usual platforms.

Written by Richard Propes
The Independent Critic