Wings of Inspiration By Robert L. Martin
Robert L. Martin uses music to inspire his poems. His poems are deep and melodic and each one takes on a life of its own much like a piece of music. His form lends itself to free verse and the author himself says he doesn’t actually ascribe to one instead letting inspiration lead him in writing each poem.Amazon USA
Wings of Inspiration Paperback – October 31, 2020 by Robert L. Martin (Author)
- Publisher : Cyberwit.net (October 31, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 125 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9388319281
- ISBN-13 : 978-9388319287
- Item Weight : 5.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.32 x 8.5 inches
Review by LB Sedlacek
Robert L. Martin uses music to inspire his poems. His poems are deep and melodic and each one takes on a life of its own much like a piece of music. His form lends itself to free verse and the author himself says he doesn’t actually ascribe to one instead letting inspiration lead him in writing each poem. The gift of poetry is being able to write in a way that’s unique and meaningful to the poet.
It's no surprise he uses musical references and notations in his poems. It’s almost like experiencing a musical but in poems. He takes command of his lines expanding upon them to suit the nuance of each verse.
The book is put together much like a music program or book might be with beautiful artwork included throughout. The cover art is simply spectacular and one might pick up the book based on that alone to see what’s inside to read.
From the poem “Fortissimo Pounding”:
“Oceans swell and music oscillates
as nature rhymes in the rolling.
Glassy waters sit atop the motion
as eternal engines pump the seas.
Dolphins play in their quiet playground
as the fair wind blows supple kisses.
Violins murmur a soft lullaby
as the music lounges on pillows.
Tympanis fall fast asleep
as the lazy day drifts on and on.”
Martin creates a language of poetry all his own. His words caress the reader. Each line is strong and beautiful.
These poems reflect passion, harmony and rhythm. Melodies seem to thread throughout the core of each poem.
He covers a variety of subject in this book. Poems cover topics such as gardens, rain, the self, and the Muses.
From the poem “Muse on the Loose”:
“Thalia, Euterpe, andTerpsishore,
three naughty mythical muses,
conspiring at liberty,
having fun with my mind”
Martin creates a mixture of fragile and sweet, firm and soft, and blending and standing out. He writes with a curious energy. He isn’t afraid to write how he wants to write.
His technique is very much his own. That is a liberating way to write.
Lines are subtle but complex. Each poem can be reread for further contemplation.
Martin has been able to create lovely lyrical like moments. His poems are authentic as well as focused. All of it creates a well put together collection.
The book as a whole works well with each of his choices of how to write the poem, where each one is placed in the book, and how the artwork chosen to be included with some of the poems works with them whether it be a sketch or a picture like photo. Martin’s collection is a perfect blend of the music that led him to create poetry.
~LB Sedlacek’s latest poetry book is “Ghost Policy.” She is also the author of the poetry collections “I’m No ROBOT,” “Simultaneous Submissions,” “Swim,” and “The Poet Next Door.” Her non-fiction books include “The Poet Protection Plan” and “Electric Melt”). Her short story collection is entitled “Four Thieves of Vinegar & Other Short Stories.” www.lbsedlacek.com