The Binding Dance By William Pruitt
Like in his poem “Magic and Community,” William Pruitt’s poems in this new poetry collection give out a magical vibe. Pruitt writes in a contemporary prose with almost conversational like poems. He’s able to juxtapose his lines bouncing between subjects such as Original Sin, Darwin, cardinals and sparrows all in one poem.Amazon USA
“The Binding Dance”
By William Pruitt
Review by LB Sedlacek
Like in his poem “Magic and Community,” William Pruitt’s poems in this new poetry collection give out a magical vibe. Pruitt writes in a contemporary prose with almost conversational like poems. He’s able to juxtapose his lines bouncing between subjects such as Original Sin, Darwin, cardinals and sparrows all in one poem.
Pruitt really captures the human experience in these poems. His writes in different styles, which presents a welcome variety in each section. Each line adds to the ones before and after.
The verses in these poems are vulnerable and tender. Each word presents such poise, and seems carefully placed, carefully thought about adding to the overall quality of the poems.
There are layers upon layers of images. From kites to Manhattan, from aging to robots to raisins, there’s much beyond the original experience of the first read. These are poems worthy of a second read or reread.
In the poem “All Night” he presents a slow summer evening complete with crickets and katydids. But, he takes the poem beyond what it seems at first, bringing in so much more.
There is a delicate dance from one poem to the next. He manages to tackle an intense array of current and past themes and concerns, handling each verse weaving it in with the others for each poem.
There are 5 sections in the book. Each one is labeled, I, II, III, IV until section V comes up. Section V is labeled “2020” and contains poems in reference to the pandemic and that year we’ve all come to dread in one way or the other. It seems a fitting portion of poems to be placed at the end of his book.
From the poem “Face in the Sky”:
“Looking for the Northern Lights
We drive out to Hamlin beach.
The roads to beaches are closed.
We drive down a branch road
Where trees on both sides open to dark sky.”
What are you looking for when you read poems? Pruitt has identified beauty and delicacy, struggle and danger. His poems offer connection and transformation.
There is a human fragility to his verses, but there is also a strength. It takes talent to reflect, and to present such a sensitive voice.
“The Binding Dance” takes us places we’ve never been while sparking an unavoidable facing of past memories. The poems will make you want to live, or to live again.
~LB Sedlacek is the author of the poetry collections “I’m No ROBOT,” “Words and Bones,” “Simultaneous Submissions,” “Swim,” “The Adventures of Stick People on Cars,” “Happy Little Clouds,” and “The Poet Next Door.” Her first poem novel is “The Blue Eyed Side” and her first short story collection is entitled “Four Thieves of Vinegar & Other Short Stories.” She is also the author of the award nominated mystery novel “The Glass River” and the romance novella “The Mailbox of the Kindred Spirit.” She writes poetry reviews for “The Poetry Market Ezine” www.thepoetrymarket.com You can find out more about her at www.lbsedlacek.com