Usually, it’s summer when I read and review. Mid-morning in the sunny hot tub surrounded by banana trees and bamboo. Or late afternoon in a hammock on the porch where Honeysuckle has come in through the screen, a ceiling fan barely moves and, down below, looking out across the pasture, deer leap like children in tall grass.
Do yourself a favor and read The Bride’s Gate and Other Assorted Writings from cover to cover. You will still love the effect, but in a more organized way.
Duane L. Herrmann offers a somewhat spiritual and wondrous journey through poems in this new collection. Poems range in style and form, but each one carries a life within the lines. His poems are thoughtful and connected. The poems resonate and radiate his sense of passion and care which is evident on each page.
Stevenson hits the entertainment buttons from all sides. These poems are simply for most all ages. He really makes poetry fun again. The poems liken to those of Lewis Carroll or Shel Silverstein. The poems are whimsical, but there’s a flurry of heart and introspection with a dash of satirical thrown in to each one, too.
Joe Bisicchia has put together a book of poems about healing and trying overall to get better, and to deal with the process all of that may entail. The poems are written in free verse and prose. He uses a generous mixture of styles which gives it a fresh perspective.
The titles are an artwork unto themselves. They are clever and well-formed. A good title is as much as part of a poem as the verses, lines and spaces and/or punctuation that make up each one.
So many times as poets we are told to not write poems about ourselves and to also not write about writing poetry in a poem. But, it’s such an inherent part of your life as a poet and why not write about it?
A musical book of poetry awaits in this new collection by Michael L. Newell. The poems are all musical or music related, hence the title. The author states many of the poems were previously published in “Jerry Jazz Musician.” That publication also inspired the author to turn his poems into this manuscript.
He begins the book with a coming of age poem and from there goes into poems about such things as meditation, a tool and dye shop, tattoos, black coffee and Garrison Keillor just to name a few. The subjects may seem diverse but the book meshes well together as a whole.
Life is a puzzle. Many a soul have tried to decode it in their own unique ways. When we look at it with a microscopic detail, it is but a culmination of moments and memories, expectations and experiences.