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Product Details

  • Paperback: 70 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (July 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481766449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481766449
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,794,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kevin J Johnson studied history, English, poetry and creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Superior and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. His poetry has been published in "Wisteria: The UWS Literary Journal" He has also been published as a guest editorialist at the Eau Claire Leader Telegram, and currently writes online as the Eau Claire County Progressive Examiner. He is originally from Rice Lake, Wisconsin, and currently resides in Eau Claire. This is his first book.

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As always, do not let my star count override your judgement of content. More on the stars, counting, and my rating challenges later. Johnson has provided us with some forty-one pieces, two in prose, that range widely in style and content. This is an enjoyable work.

For example, in Isolation we find this: “I am an egg,/ easily broken /by the slightest jar. /A slippery mess /for you to clean up /and quickly move on /to the next task.” In The Sky and the Sea we have a fascinating personification of these two major fluids. And, a version in Spanish. This introduced by a quote from Genesis about the ‘parting’ of these waters.

A personal favourite here is Dreams. I won’t spoil this excellent short poem with a quote. Buy the book and turn to this page. The same format is used in Time, another favourite. Again, there is a gentle religious suggestion in Death, where we find this: “Death is the cocoon /That becomes the butterfly. /Death is dark clouds /Before the rainbowed sky.”

There is humour and self-deprecation, as Darius and I ends with: “we traverse the perilous /terrain of existence, /Pausing only to stuff /French fries in our mouths.” There is a gorgeous Haiku in Rain. No spoilers here; I’d have to quote the entire poem.

If you’re looking for social commentary, turn to Malcolm. I found this disturbing. As always, Google anything you’re not entirely certain of. Johnson covers a lot of ground, and some famous individuals.

The prose piece, The Great Philosopher, reminded this reader of Stephen Crane’s poems that begin ‘many workmen’ and ‘a man saw a ball of gold in the sky’. Like Crane, questioning knowledge and value is told here by Johnson in simple words. The prose piece Evolution is disturbing.
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I was amazed with the depth of the author -- and the pure simplistic writings in the book... I totally loved it and would recommend this to people of all ages, backgrounds, and faiths...
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