The poems not only dive deep into vast imagery, but they also are immersed in ideas. What is poetry if it is not trying to say something to the reader, to the writer and/or at a casual glance of the verse?
Saffioti-Hughes’ poems wash over you while generating a remarkable presence. Her poems have a spirit about them. The images seem to hover with intensity or a quiet grace and so much more.
The poems are complete and balanced with a touch of guided originality which means they can stand on their own or within the confines of the book and work well either way.
‘Several Perplexing Questions Following a Poetry Accomplishment’, in this poem Caleb questions his own creativity of writing poetry. He wonders whether is it common or rare for one to feel a sense of disappointment with each writing. Is it possible for one to feel an end of writing to be near, with just one significant publication? What peaks a creativity, could it sustain or head towards downfall immediately? Very aptly he writes;
While Edenfield is not a real institution, it was inspired by multiple different actual institutions from around the world. These institutions from her research are no longer in operation. According to the author, she came across intriguing yet horrible information about the extreme mistreatments and misconducts suffered by these institutionalized patients.
There are poems that take a deeper dive into serious subjects as well. Poems are written mostly in free verse and prose.
The book is divided into several different sections. The question is do the section titles suggest the art work letters that will follow or not? Another question the reader may ask, is there a message in the words and letters or not?
‘A dead soldier speaks’, in this poem Sean has captured the thoughts of a dead soldier very brilliantly. Soldier says his death was shorter than his life. He would rather let the killer speak for him than those who know him, because he feels that those who speak for him weave lie like a magician pulling silk scarves from his mouth.
The author states that his book “presents some of my reflections on environment, society, aging, religion, time and peace of mind” and there’s a “focus is on the animal world which has enriched my life for eight decades.” It is a delightful compilation indeed to see an author present their works as they have lived in them or lived through them.
“Old Friends” is a chapbook of poetry dedicated to and/or really about the author’s dog, Nero. Once you read through these heart warming adventures and sometimes deeper moments, you may long for a furry companion of your own. Or at the very least, you may want to read more poems about animals and pets.