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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Book Review: Sunsets are Sonnets and Other Poems by Alvin B. Cruz

Have you experienced feeling empty, but you don't know what you are missing?

Was there a time that you feel down and alone but can't properly explain what is happening?

Are you someone who is silently grieving and lost?

This book, Sunsets are Sonnets and Other Poems will help you find the right words to express how you feel. The book features 30 poems – old and new that talk about the 3L's: life, love, and loss.

It was written by Alvin B. Cruz, a writer, professor, and communication consultant. He is an inveterate traveler and has lived and worked as an English teacher in the United States, Japan, and the Maldives. His earlier poems were published in The Philippine Graphic and more recently his poetry at Wales Haiku Journal.

Through the poems and the traditional Japanese haiku in the book, the author was able to paint a picture of the realities of life that teaches us a valuable lesson on dealing with loneliness and pain. Each poem is unique and rooted in different experiences of the author.

His haiku was beautifully written with illustrations that match perfectly, allowing the readers to enjoy the images described on each page. The use of the different elements of nature, allowed readers to realize that we are not alone with whatever problems we are dealing with right now that even our surroundings understand what we are going through. Just like one of my favorite lines and the title of the book “Sunsets are sonnets whose lines of light overshadow the hidden dangers that lurk in the deep recesses of this dark world.”

Overall, the book was an easy and light read with just over a hundred pages. This book is powerful and will bring out the deepest emotions within us through the author’s excellent wordplay and imagery.


Title: Sunsets are Sonnets & Other Poems
Author: Alvin B. Cruz
Publisher: Central Book Supply, Inc.
ISBN: 978-621-02-1248-8
No. of Pages: 116
Size: 5 x 7 inches
Edition: 2020
Binding: Softbound

You may order your copy through Central Books


  1. I love reading poems and even tried my pen at poem writing in high school..I might check where to get a copy of this book.

  2. My daughter asked for a poetry book for Christmas called Milk and Honey. I will have to look into this one for her.

  3. aww Poetry is my favourite I always love a good one. ill have to check this one out

  4. I love short reads like poems sometimes. Time passes away when I ponder with the words.

  5. This sounds lovely, I'll need to check it out!

  6. It has been such a long time since I have read a poetry book. I think the last was Lang Leav hahaha.

  7. I really love poetry books, I'll check it out!

  8. I remember that we had to write Japanese haiku at school and it was not an easy task. I like to read poems once in a while.

  9. I like reading poems too. This book looks amazing