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- Publication Date: October 7, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LXQX9Y5
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Against The Night: Love Poems Kindle Edition
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This book of poetry is subtitled ‘88 Love Poems’, and the collection seems to me to be entirely as described. These are expressions of love, descriptions of love, explorations of love, depictions of love. Love, you note, not sex. There is, as there always will be with words addressed to, for or about a woman who’s the object of love for the poet, some hint of the erotic. But this is subtle and wraps passion in gentle images. Mostly, this is love. Love as I recognise it as a man married to a woman I love. These poems sing of admiration, affection, shared experience, intimate moments, challenges faced together, and the growing love that comes with a shared route to maturity.
The use of metaphor is, at times, exquisite. And so many images tumble before the reader as stanzas unfold. It is possible to become lost in the world fashioned by the poet here. In so many cases I found my wry smile forming as I wished I’d been able to express my own love as eloquently.
There will be those, mostly men, but including the women who relish their resistance to all things romantic, who fail to enter this world and perhaps dismiss it as soft-hearted or unworthy of their attention. The loss is theirs. Those who love or have loved in the true sense of that all-encompassing emotion will enjoy these verses. Some are surprisingly intimate for a public collection, though none is out of place here.
I especially enjoyed ‘Ensorcelled’ for its wonderful internal rhymes, its free-form connections, its lively metaphors and its pure joy of expression. I also found ‘Knowing’, ‘Universal Studies’, ‘Needed’, ‘Wife’ and ‘If Tomorrow’ particularly moving. But, in fact, I enjoyed the whole collection. I’m glad I was introduced to this anthology. It’s a lovely read.
Reviewing poetry is, for me, always a challenge as I do not feel in anyway qualified to comment on more than its personal impact. With that caveat in mind, I have to say that I thought this a beautiful collection of poems.
It tells the story of a romance from a whole variety of different and unusual angles. We hear about the individual attraction but more about the development of life together - little things like cooking, shopping, gardening, slowly unfold the life-long story of a couple. The sentiment is never syrupy, but always sweet - it touches on hard moments and quiet reflection, busy times and disputes.
The language use is eclectic and often the unexpected word is found rather than the expected, keeping the work as fresh and crisp as the salad course of a meal. And this is indeed a main meal and not a side-dish as poetry so typically can be. The verse is often blank and often abandons both rhyme and scansion in favour of its own patterns. Occasionally this does fail and leaves part of a poem slightly bent out of shape, but this is rare.
'what's made us strong: this rhyme where we belong?'
My favourite is definitely 'Ensorcelled' in which the poetry seems to waltz across the page, whilst painting a mural upon the wall of understanding that the book slowly builds up in the mind of the reader.
Whilst I can not speak of how technically proficient - or otherwise - this poetry might be, I loved it. I can whole heartedly recommend this book of poems to all who love poetry that speaks, without sophistry, but is not unsophisticated and gives real insight into the life of a couple over time.