widewide.world to unwind By Joe Bisicchia
These poems are emotional and surreal. They seem to take on a resonance of their own. Bisicchia writes with a figurative use of language, but yet you can tell exactly what he may mean.Amazon USA
“widewide.world to unwind”
Poetry in the Unraveling
By Joe Bisicchia
Review by LB Sedlacek
Joe Bisicchia’s new poetry collection starts off strong with a poem about the world, tackling the smallness or the bigness of life however you may see it. His poems continue to build upon the theme while bringing together an enjoyable compilation of layers, thoughts and verses.
These poems are emotional and surreal. They seem to take on a resonance of their own. Bisicchia writes with a figurative use of language, but yet you can tell exactly what he may mean.
From the poem “Snow Globe”: “Life has a way of a lift and a good mix,…” It’s lines like these that seem to still time, but also give the reader the pleasure of experiencing the poem.
Most of this collection is written in free verse. There is a bit of rhyming here and there in a few verses as well. Plus some of the poems are written in prose. Whatever form, the author chooses the poems are complete driving forces from within.
Every day life is explored in these poems. But, there are also many lingering images. That’s the test of a good poem – do you think about not only as you read it or hear it but do you wonder about it later as well?
From the poem “Soon to Cinder”:
“In our small town of Watertown, we run the many paths.
And so much moves. And yet, soon stays like mud. Past
seems so much like a life long gone. I think sometimes
we find ourselves back at the slowly melting tombstones,
touching and eroding the etching. And we might wave away
a hand regarding our creek, the bridge, as our run is often
not as fun as simply wetting our feet as the water walks.”
This is a poems that is like a meditative snapshot. Perhaps, it is a walk in the woods, or around town, or by a lake. But, perhaps it is a walk from the beginning of life to the end and as the poem says in the last verse, “a drift away.”
I could really relate and enjoyed the poem “daily grind” the most. From the poem:
“I live in a whale. //
Ribbed joists arch over me
as I sit and the vinyl sticks
to me amidst the bits
of broken fish
soon to go back to the sea
along with me.”
This poem captures a couple of singular moments: being in a whale and also sitting somewhere next to someone else (as indicated in the next verses). It evokes reverence while also evoking joy in living a daily life.
The last poem adeptly brings the book to its closure. This poetry book will surprise you. Reading it is a like taking a journey of the soul.
~LB Sedlacek is author of the poetry books “I’m No ROBOT,” “This Space Available,” “Words and Bones,” “The Blue Eyed Side,” “Simultaneous Submissions,” “Swim,” and “The Poet Next Door.” Her non-fiction books include “The Poet Protection Plan” and “Electric Melt: How to Write, Publish, Read Walt Whitman and Survive as a Writer and Poet). Her book of short stories is “Four Thieves of Vinegar & Other Short Stories.” Find out more: www.lbsedlacek.com