I Wrote This For You by Iain S. Thomas

I Need You to Understand Something

reviewed by Saku Egon Evon

“I need you to understand something. I wrote this for you. I wrote this for you and only you. Everyone else who reads it, doesn’t get it. They may think they get it, but they don’t. This is the sign you’ve been looking for. You were meant to read these words.”

These are the words you will find written on the back of I Wrote This For You (Central Avenue Publishing, 2011), a critically acclaimed work of poetry written by a mysterious voice, a voice whom chooses to personifies themselves as a message, “pleasefindthis”—and if you squint hard enough, you may be able to see a hauntingly beautiful figure beyond the handwritten title.

 

 

Even though Ireadiwrite Publishing published the book in 2011, the actual poems themselves within the book have been an ongoing project since 2007. Started by poet Iain S. Thomas—pen name: pleasefindthis—who together with photographer Jon Ellis, created a world in which the reader has the freedom to interject their own emotions and bodies within the words themselves. The book makes you feel like it was destiny—that you were supposed to find this book. Maybe you needed to hear these words as encouragement, combating your fears of rejection. To make you contemplate your choices, or perhaps even to help you find peace; these poems are for you. 200 pages of lost love letters to a fictional person, all separated by chapters made of the Sun, the Moon, the Stars, and the Rain. “You are the best parts of all the songs I love.”

This book challenges the definition of poetry, what with its extremely varying lengths, ranging from a full-page to a simple 7-worded piece; giving strength to the old saying of “less is more.” I enjoyed the freedom that it gave me. It made me realize that poetry is not only about the strict form but it is about expression. The shorthanded line can behold so much meaning that which a long line cannot. So much more character and so much more imagination. This book is for readers who enjoy abstraction with a sense of vagueness—the ability to put a specific face to the words being said. To make the book about you and your life. Watching the precious moments fly by like photographs, “You forget that, in the dark, we must move closer together in order to see each other. You were never alone.”

-9/9/16