The Flayed City is a discerning work done by Hari Alluri that finds therapy in poetry, the author of Carving Ashes (CiCAC, 2013) and the chapbook The Promise of Rust (Mouthfeel, 2016). An award-winning poet, educator, and teaching artist, his work appears widely in anthologies, journals and online venues, including Chautauqua, Poetry International and Split This Rock. The experiences mentioned in the book are meaningful and not easy to comprehend, but the word picks and descriptions twist and delight, creating something classical presented in a way that is truly the author’s own.
This new collection of poems from Richard Rose contains what would be very likely to be called place poetry. Not everyone knows what this is – at least I end up explaining it a lot to people as I have published a few place poem books of my own.
Poetry may be considered to be an oral medium, but it is a visual one as well. The way words are used, the line spacing, the number of words on each line, spaces between verses, all of it matters to the poem. And, all of that can have an affect on how the poem may be interpreted and even on how well the reader enjoys the poem. Dunn is able to take advantage of all of this enhancing the impact of each poem.
Doug Stanfield’s poems, dedicated to the memory of his wife, will warm the heart. Doug’s verse uncovers raw emotions and focuses on grief or the absence of love, fusing in humor and incorporating a profound longing for something just out of reach. As the book opens with the poem ‘Memory’, the poet states memory as a dusty element that gets erased over the period of time and is “not-quite-living museum of our lives
Emeli Dion’s debut poetic collection, Into Her Wandering Mind, comprises poems analyzing the sequence of her feelings with a vividness and minuteness which assure us of truth. Emeli’s sonnets have prepossessing imagery, flashes of beauty, fine notes of passion, and heart delighting visions.
It is a marvelous comeback by Tom Pow through ‘NARANJAS’, a lively poetic collection comprising poems of earthly imagination, remarkable tributes, poet’s insights and experiences. Each overpoweringly eye-catching poem is accompanied by a succinct expression that renders clear that which is too intense and reflective to be directly gazed upon.
Dave has fragmented this formidable poetic collection among five sections differing from each other thereby provide a read of various compelling themed poems in one book to the reader and are named as NATURAL RESOURCES, SLEEPER CELL, PUBLIC SERVANT, HUMAN RESOURCES and FAILED STATE. The poet has written all the five sections in a style that uplifts the euphoria of the reader as in the first section the poet has integrated the natural elements like forests clouds mountains river, etc. with the personal life experiences and elements of immense imaginations.
Rich Ives’ offer a tapestry of poems in these fable like verses of yesteryear into the present. He’s not afraid to take his poems off into dungeons, shadows, fairy tales and the like. Reading poetry with twists and turns can be quite satisfying. Poems don’t have to all be written in contrite rhyming verse.
A satisfying and gripping poetry collection by Donald Revell reveals poems of an extraordinary personal passion, perturbation, and frantic exultation pervading a thrilling-dramatic symbolism that is quite unique. Poems such as CATAFALQUE, SENESCO SED AMO, INGENIUM NOBIS IPSA PUELLA FACIT, OMNIA QUAE SUNT, LUMINA SUNT, SAVED FOR LATER and WHITE CAMPION with the advent of angels welcomes the spirit of ardent religious fervor by the imaginative delight concealed in the subdued expression of poet’s revelations.