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Alone Among Many Paperback – October 14, 2011
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Spargo Postle's collection of poetry, Alone Among Many, appealed to me because there's a lot of movement in his poems. Spargo's style is to keep his verses extremely short. Reading several of the poems back to back may even give you the sense of falling as your mind races down the page along with your eyes.
They are often short poems with just a few verses, but if read aloud with the right pauses and crescendos, each poem would certainly tell a story. Here's a good sample from the poem called "We Are Lonely:"
We stand at the edge of your life,
neither in nor out.
just seeing and hearing.
Don't say you are sad,
we know you don't care.
Just remember that we,
we are lonely.
Or this piece from "In a World of Contradiction," one of the longer pieces in the book, which was one of my favs:
I am contributing to the good of man,
I am not contributing enough.
For the good of man
for my own good.
So that I am better.
That I am saving the world
from death and pestilence,
starvation and deprivation.
That I should have listened,
that I didn't hear.
The collection is about 80 pages of poems. There are 35 poems total with the last 5 being a series called Unfinished Love Story.
My only complaint would be that some of the verses are made up of lines of just one or two words, like this verse:
why not him
why not her
why not you
Verses like this quickly become repetitive and also predictable to the reader. We could even add to them: why us, why them, why we... While effective when read aloud with the right amount of breath and enunciation, they lack true effect on the written page when being read by someone else.
Those who like sing-song rhyming poetry may be disappointed. No rhymes here. I myself can appreciate both. As a poet, Postle does have talent at word use and at making his reader contemplate what they have just read, long after the last page.