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Even Whispers Can Be Heard Paperback – June, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 82 pages
  • Publisher: Goose River Press; 1ST edition (June 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930648863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930648869
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,961,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brooker deeply doubts but does not deny. He nails faith to a cross of imagery. -- Mar walker, Inverse Origami

Gerard Brooker's poems exhibit a rare fusion of emotional intensity and intellectual depth. -- James R. Scrimgeour, The Route and Other Poems

Gerard Brooker's poetry is detailed and profound. He is always working to make us feel. -- Roger Bonair-Agard, Burning Down the House

About the Author

Gerard Brooker is a poet and novelist, international traveler who spends his life trying to know peace.

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I received a copy of this book as part of a book exchange program sponsored by [...] In college, I read poetry all the time, but as time passed I read other things (as time permitted). I just wanted to say thank you to Gerald for reminding me why I use to love poetry.

The poems have an earthy, yet cerebral tone that reminds me of the works of Wendell Berry. One of my personal favorites is the poem "About Goodness", in which the author wonders about the meaning of good and evil. When speaking of the terrible wars of our time, he writes "a blur/of places where goodness must be held/in contempt for failing to show up". The words are stunning in their simplicity.

Another poem, both soothing and heart-rending in its elegance, is "9/11 in a Jar." In the poem the author recounts a jar of rubble given to him by a friend who had been at Ground Zero. What he find in the rubble while examining it is a grounding snapshot of the surreal nature of the event.

Even Whispers Can Be Heard is a beautiful collection of poems worthy of anyone's bookshelf, and I am pleased to say that it is on mine.
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The "heard whispers" that are Gerard Brooker's poems are positively deafening in their quiet intensity and searing resonance. Works concerned with World War II such as "Virtual Death," "Microwave," and "Hiroshima Light," draw uncanny parallels between our nation's past and its post-9/11 present. However, this book concerns itself with more than just war and its dehumanizing effects. Other poems, using the same quiet plangency, deal with the more "common" affairs of love, the natural world, home, and hearth. Here is a man who understands-and utilizes to the fullest extent-the living, breathing potential of words.
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