Leave a Light On By j. lewis
j. lewis has written poems of good and bad memories, love and loss in this new poetry book. The opening poem gives the hope of being able to come home and find a light on, for real or metaphorically. The poet aims, according to the introduction, to write poems “to be a light.”Amazon USA
Leave a Light On
By j. lewis
Review by LB Sedlacek
j. lewis has written poems of good and bad memories, love and loss in this new poetry book. The opening poem gives the hope of being able to come home and find a light on, for real or metaphorically. The poet aims, according to the introduction, to write poems “to be a light.”
There is a homespun realness to j. lewis’ works. It’s carefully thought out and put together, and a treasure to read.
The words and verses will absorb you. There is an imagination here, but also there is a raw realness to some of the poems.
From the poem “the nocturnal life of numbers”:
“one may be a lonely number, one may be a fool
two expresses herself in ones and zeroes, easily
three and suddenly there’s a crowd forming
four becomes a score and there’s music to be made
all the special numbers appear on stage in countless clubs
three seven twelve forty and one forty four
being the holiest of the lot but by no means
the only ones, not the only ones”
This poem has a new take on numbers. When a poem goes somewhere you don’t expect it to, that makes it all the more interesting to read.
The poet has had a few other books of poetry published in addition to this collection. There is an awareness in j. lewis’ poems. Plus, a deep empathy shows through along with an originality.
From the poem “Falling Star”:
“I left the meeting early when I saw the sky.”
Such magic can be found in these poems. You will want to follow the directions in this line from this poem, and leave whatever you are doing behind to get cozy and comfortable by the fire or where ever to read this book of poems.
~LB Sedlacek’s latest poetry book is “Ghost Policy.” She is also the author of the poetry collections “I’m No ROBOT,” “Words and Bones,” “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 short story collection is entitled “Four Thieves of Vinegar & Other Short Stories.” She writes poetry reviews for www.thepoetrymarket.com Find out more: www.lbsedlacek.com