True Colors by Michelle Davidson Argyle is a stunning collection of literary short stories and poems self-published by the author.
I found the imagery to be absolutely stark, the language fluid and convoluted in a beautiful way, and the stories natural and inviting in their life-like portrayal. Michelle brings the reader directly into the stories with colors and emotions and dialogue.
The symbolic meanings behind a lot of her metaphors are clear but strong. Water is a constant among her stories, among other things, but it didn’t ever feel overused, it was always new. Also, fish slip in and out of the stories; a slimy, slick connection bringing color and life in the form of metaphors and similes. The book is connected as a whole, but each story stands on its own equally as well.
There were a few of the stories that I felt were too confusing. They felt like poems offered in prose form and just didn’t hit me right. But then there were stories I wanted to curl up in, disappearing inside them for the next few days.
My favorite was Enclosures with a close second on Clover.
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P.S. Michelle’s ebooks are all on sale for $0.99 in December!