Fifty Confessions

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Fifty Confessions [Paperback]

Paul Kiritsis
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March 20, 2009
Fifty Confessions reveals author Paul Kiritsis?s personal confessions and deepest thoughts in the form of modern, free verse poetry. For more than a decade, Kiritsis has been studying, writing about, and trying to capture the subtler, less tangible aspects of the human experience. In this collection of more than fifty poems, he displays his passion for mythology and history. This offering, Kiritsis?s third book, is arranged in six sections, which include The Ancient Enemy, Behold My Wrath, Actions and Reactions, In the Aftermath, Myths and Ruminations, and The Savage Past. The poems showcase the author?s mastery of the English language. In ?Shooting Star,? he writes: When a little spark from the night sky / Plummets from the canopy of stars above, / Somewhere, someplace, / A being of light has been born. / So make certain you light a candle, / And make a heartfelt wish / That it never be touched by the darkness / Of what it?s like to feel completely alone / In a world void / Of both heartfelt light and heaven.

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  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (March 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440124493
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440124495
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,984,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Letting one's heart out can do wonders, and Paul Kiritsis chooses to do so in the form of poetry. "Fifty Confessions" is his collection of work, drawing from Kiritsis' restrained thoughts and feelings. "Fifty Confessions" is heartfelt and will have readers feeling Kiritsis' emotion. "Shooting Star": When a little spark from the night sky/Plummets from the canopy of stars above,/ somewhere, someplace,/A being of light has been born./So make certain you light a candle,/And make a heartfelt wish/That it never be touched by the darkness/Of what it's like to feel completely alone/In a world void/Of both heartfelt light and heaven.
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Kiritis can be likened to the Pied Piper; words following him and gracefully placing themselves on the pages of books, beyond mere echolalia many authors succumb to. This third book, a collection of audacious poems speaks to us in its sonorous voice, compelling you to read and comprehend the emotion within each piece.

The author's personal journey with an embodiment of wrongness drives this work to the very depths of Hell, where hope is non-existent and back to the surface leaving us gaping for air, salvation and a thirst for understanding.

One might surmise this book to be the work of a talented prevaricating raconteur, but let me disabused this notion, for it is simply a confessional medium in which the darkness attempting to purloin the author's soul can be exorcised.

I highly recommend this collection for anyone who has a love of language and the many aspects contained within the human soul. Thumbs up!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fifty Confessions Brings About Real Emotion May 31, 2009
Fifty Confessions is a series of free-verse poetry that wrestle with the "feeling of wrongness" inside the poet, Paul Kiritsis. As the poet mentions in the author note of the book, this feeling, a genuine health mystery, is still undiagnosed today. Based on his experience with the medical world and this malady, he offers these 50 confessions.
In the poem, "A Stroke of Wrongness" we see the heart of his medical dilemma:

"Something is very wrong.
I do not feel well
Sitting on the throne of my being.
It has begun feeding
From my spiritual arteries.
It has begun to set loose
This restlessness inside of me."

Readers will be touched by the desperate plea for someone (some force, some spirit), to pay attention to this pain inside of him. The poet often breaks down the illness so we can understand his struggles, not only in the present, but for the years that have passed, and those he dreads that are yet to come. This is the burden of an undiagnosed illness on the human psyche.

I particularly liked "Formulaic Medicine" which spoke of going to the doctor when you are feeling sick and in need of care, only to receive a clinical, non-emotional and often uncaring response in return. The poem urges the doctors:

"That your hard-earned knowledge
And experience
Might someday turn against you,
Unless you heed to the facts
And physics of one's heart."

In "Diagnosis X," the poet talks about an issue common to many of those who come to a medical professional with legitimate health concerns, only to be told that either it's "all in your head" or that, as the poet mentions, the patient should "see a psychiatrist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Poetic licence May 21, 2009
Kiritsis takes some bold poetic moves, mostly free-form in style, showing no fear in expressing himself in his latest collection.

Not for the faint-hearted, Kiritsis unabashedly exposes his soul in the raw,often emotionaly-charged poems splashed across the page.

Definitely worth a read for those interested in brutal honesty from this Australian poet's heart and soul.
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