Dark Valley Observing is an act of observing people, things and self. It varies from the very dark over charged feelings such as The Long Road To Nothingness to the light hearted poems like Hello World. It also includes the romantic almost silly poems like Smiling? to the self-contradictory poems like Falling Asleep, Falling Awake.
Dark Valley Observing shares one thing with Aladdin's first collection Blue Voice that is meaning is a feeling which the reader interprets. There is no pre-set agenda or pre-coded message. Instead, it is a simple, straight and sometimes lengthy talking of events, thoughts, reflections and imagery.
Dark Valley Observing also represents Aladdin's first attempts to experiment with form. Aladdin uses capitalization, indentation and mid sentence breaks to force a particular form of reading, pauses and esthetic layout. Some of the poems attempt to please the senses of sight and sound whilst others attempt to shock and force the reader to think.
Dark Valley Observing expects you as a reader to take on each poem and determine its meaning. It expects you to dress each poem with your experience and reflect on that experience from the poem as well as reflecting on the poem from your experience. Dark Valley Observing is a book of poetry to be adopted by the reader.