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Celebrations in the Ossuary Paperback – August 24, 2013
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About the Author
Kyle J. Knapp (September 1, 1989 – June 18, 2013) was a poet, musician, and short story writer from Freeville, New York. His debut collection of prose, Pluvial Gardens, was released in 2012. He studied Social Sciences at Tompkins Cortland Community College and worked for the school as an English tutor. Kyle enjoyed nature, fishing, and playing guitar. He was a prolific artist, who, at the time of his passing, had written enough material for two additional collections of poetry and a near-complete novel.
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I lived through Kyle's struggles with his own darkness throughout his young life, right up to the day he died.
I truly believe every person lives with some darkness in their lives, you either choose to let it consume you, or you find as much light as you can and surround yourself with it, not just merely to survive, but to live.
Kyle needed to see into the darkness, acknowledge it, (even fear it), and then see beyond it, to find the beauty in nature, in relationships, in the mundane day to day, in order to bring joy to his life.
I see his celebration of life, woven through out these selections, because of our relationship, but you don't have to know him personally to find the treasures, (the light), in his words. You will be surprised to identify in some way personally with his poetry.
It is my hope that Kyle's Poetry will help you see through your own darkness to find the light in the world so you can live joyfully during the limited time we are here. Don't waste time in the darkness.
The Perfect Day is my current favorite of the collection showing us what a perfect day for Kyle would be and allowing us to imagine, at the end of our time, what our perfect day would be. Even in the face of loss, Kyle gave us something magical to hold on to and navigate life and death.
I would recommend this to anyone who likes poetry, or who simply has an appreciation for words. The physical copy feels good - "Break the cage of the digital age".
Kyle left with us with a tapestry of words that perhaps only he, and certainly only God completely understood. But what a journey. What an adventure and a joy fathoming what Kyle was trying to tell us. Or perhaps tell himself? "Celebrations in the Ossuary & Other Poems" is always intriguing and sometimes - no, very often - puzzling in its meaning, not unlike the back of that tapestry mentioned earlier. But even on this side of the veil, we can still sense in Kyle's poetic tapestry the rich and elegant intent of its author in its awe-inspiring flow and form. Everyone who appreciates good literature and poetry needs to have a copy of this book on his shelf so it can readily be in their hands at a moment's notice, whenever the compelling need for a reminder is felt - a reminder of what mankind's 'higher self' and 'better angel' is truly capable of. Something we should all aim for.
I shouldn't have worried. Reading these poems evoked images from my own life as I read them. Which I think is the idea. One would imagine each reader connecting with something in this set of personal views of the young Kyle.
THE GREATEST LOSS was one favorite as I remembered family and close friends lost much to early in life. Not sad remembrances, but a spark of the happy times we had. in those long ago times.
FOUR SUMMERS AGO made me think of my own clumsy attempts at things like love(at least I thought at the time), my own bouts with certain legal and illegal stimulants, the good times, the bad.
CAMPING was fun. Never did a lot of that in my youth, though some later. I fished a lot when young with the aid of an uncle.
Quite enjoyed this look into a young man's life and my own in the process.
If one likes poetry, this is a collection you should get.