In The Highlands by Aaron McMillan
Published by For The Right Reasons on February 3, 2016
Debut book of poetry, based on travelling around the Scottish Highlands. Includes beautifully written poems presented alongside picturesque photographs which have also been taken in stunning locations within the Highlands.
I love poetry, especially when it’s accompanied by other mediums. So I was really excited when I was offered the chance to read In The Highlands. The idea behind the book sounded wonderful and beautiful and magical.
But my gosh was it a disappointment.
The poems did nothing for me. I felt no emotion, no fascination, nothing. They reminded me a little of the poems I tried to write back in first grade; bad rhyming, bad form, and bad content. It felt like there was no work put into it… like someone took a five minute hike, snapped some pictures, and thought they would be the next Langston Hughes.
The pictures didn’t do anything for me either. They felt very amateur, like a fifth grader on a school trip. They were a bit like a slap in the face; just kind of on the page to reinforce my suspicion that there was absolutely no work put into what could have been an amazing poetry book.
About three quarters though the book I gave up. I’m going to give In The Highlands one star.