While reading Anil CS Rao’s poetry I was reminded of a very apt observation made by the great Romantic poet Keats. In one of his letters, Keats says:
In her introduction to this anthology, Strongin describes ecstasy as “at the highest end of a spectrum of pleasure at whose lower end is contentment and in between are various stages of joy, bliss, rapture.”
Sometimes you will pick up a book and know right away that you are going to enjoy the poetry inside. This was certainly the case with penumbra. The poems are as genuine as they are relevant to all would be poets that need to find a direction for their work.
This essay focuses on the haiku and poetry of Natsuishi's latest collections Endless Helix and Flying Pope, both of which are written in Japanese.
She uses many elements of contemporary poetry that she easily moulds into various shapes, forms and experiences, in her own strong literary style.
All, At Once is commendable because of its breadth of subject matter, poetic styles and ambitiousness. Wilson effectively employs storytelling techniques and commentaries regarding questions and issues of philosophy, spirituality, social consciousness etc. in a variety of contexts.
Where the Horizons Converge: Poems on Peace is a visual work of literature, quite evocative and descriptive in its nature romanticism - at times a bit reminiscent of Walt Whitman. Vijaiganga wields the paintbrush with a combination of mental control and intuitive abandon. (Yes, if you are wondering ... that is good.)
This latest collection of poetry and short prose by Jan Oskar Hansen exemplifies immense personal and artistic maturity. I have elsewhere written about Hansen's genius as regards the art of storytelling, and this work is no exception. Hansen seems to re-set the bar with each book he writes - much like good whiskey .. improving with age and experience.
The poetry varies in style and form, including nature romantic, inspirational, social anthropological and socio-political commentary, and both free-style prose poetry and some rhyme. The writing is somewhat deceptive in that M. Barnet has quietly worked hidden layers into many of the poems, that are first revealed after several readings.
Impassioned Soul is a courageous first book by a talented author. Shirley Bolstok boldly takes up many aspects of life, personal development and human evolution without preaching ...