"They say fine writing comes from suffering - I must suffer more."
Such says one of Hunanyan's many gorgeous (and unsettling) poems in this follow-up collection to his original Black Book of Poems. And, it is everything anyone would want in a follow-up work - that and more. The author weaves with many of the themes of his original work but creates a far more diverse and textured fabric than he ever has before. Not only is it a more mature book; it reveals a deeper part of Hunanyan's experiences and views on life. He contemplates war, death, love, legacy, the future, and the past. He ponders large questions, ones most of us shy away from.
Stylistically, Black Book of Poems II is a departure from its predecessor. It ruminates. It explores. It questions. It swears. Rather than sticking to rhyme schemes and lyrical verse, the book breaks convention, dancing between the old and the new. At some points Shakespeare, at other points Bukowski, these stylistic turns keep you hooked, turning the pages to understand the larger picture.
The real question is, what might this larger picture be? What has Hunanyan experienced that drives him to put it to the page and let us share his world?
"Wipe your rainy cheeks my friend - nothing lasts forever. The darkest time of night brings forth the brightest stars of all."
Hunanyan has suffered, and we have suffered. He wants us to know: we're in it together.
"If you're considering purchasing this book, stop. Just get it. You will not regret it. It's full of emotion and something for everyone to connect to. It's an amazing follow up to Black Book of Poems."
About the Author
Vincent Hunanyan was born in 1991 in Armenia and grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia. His parents divorced when he was a toddler, and he was raised by his single-mother. In 2001, Vincent moved with his family to Sweden. After graduating high school, he moved to Los Angeles at the age of 19 where he attended Santa Monica City College and later UCLA, where he received a B.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing. Hunanyan's first official title, Black Book of Poems, was published on the 21st of May and became an instant bestseller with raving reviews from critics and poetry fans worldwide. I Wasn't Crying Over You is his first short story collection, published on September 21, mainly comprised of tales derived from the author's childhood growing up in St. Petersburg and his transition from childhood to adulthood. Through an unforgiving writing style, Vincent brings back memories of war, alcoholism, brotherhood, love, loss and loneliness that he lays forth with minimum sentimentality and painful honesty.