Marjorie Maria Antohi Marks Her Debut in the World of Poetry

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“Rhymes of an Irrelevant Teenage Girl” offers a glimpse into the beauty and irony of growing up

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Fourteen-year-old Marjorie Maria Antohi marks her debut in the world of poetry with a work of original and profound value, “Rhymes of an Irrelevant Teenage Girl”. Wielding a poetic voice that shifts without delienation from one piece after the other, this young wordsmith is a force to look out for.

The Shakespearean sonnets in this adroitly-woven volume are the pieces that make up the big picture; the story of the fourteen-year-old’s life. Beginning and ending with the same poem, “Hope, A Variant of Marching On”, Antohi engenders to the consciousness of her readers the idea of “when you are left deserted and alone/you keep on marching on and on ahead/and maybe as hardships get more and more/marching on is all that we can hope for.” A regaling tale of stranded buccaneers told in a 4-piece series of poems aptly titled “Pirates” can also be found in the interstices of this anthology.

In the dedication page, Antohi writes, “I do not matter and I do not count. I am irrelevant. These are my rhymes.” Howbeit, the poet’s simple yet striking words will certainly matter to the reader who may come across “Like Peter Pan” – “how we all desire that we could return/to simpler days that were long years ago/when worries didn’t make our stomachs churn/and we had great abundances of hope.”

The poet’s voice in “Rhymes of an Irrelevant Teenage Girl” is fluid sans the straightforward narration; Antohi stays true to what exactly poetry is about—stating the unspoken and lending voice to the unspeakable.

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About the Author
Marjorie Maria Antohi is a fourteen-year-old American. She, her home, and her family were deemed irrelevant, can you guess by whom?

Rhymes of an Irrelevant Teenage Girl * by Marjorie Maria Antohi
Publication Date: May18, 2012
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