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The poems here may be on the dark side, but they offer a beautiful variety. Some are long and lyrical. Others short and sharp. There's a wonderful use of rhyme and strong rhythms. Refreshing in an age when many poets wrinkle their nose at rhyme.
Gerrard's poems explore universal themes: love, loss, missed opportunity. They read well on the page, but they really shine when read aloud. So much musicality.
The video includes me reading "Monster's Lullaby", "Heart Attack", and "Going Home."
Whether the poems are supernatural in nature, humorous, or serious they all dig past the niceties and reveal the irony at the heart of human life--we are so afraid of death, yet we waste life.
Lynn has a gift for wordplay. Her poems have a playful rhythm that beckons us into her pretty web. Yes, the overall tone is dark, but the dance feels good despite the spikes we're standing on. Occasionally she catches us off guard with a splash of humor, teasing us. Other times her insight is startling, provocative; a spotlight on those things we try hard not to see.
I borrowed the Kindle book as my monthly freebie with my Amazon Prime membership. But now I'll have to buy it, because I know I'll want to read these poems again.
Some of the poems are heartrending, some harsh, some funny, always cutting straight to the point and never mincing words; the most valuable of any art form is that which dares to be honest, after all.
A Tired Brow
The Path of Yesterday
No Salads for Sonya
Night on the Prowl
A worthy addition to anyone's poetry collection!
‘Going Home’ is one of my favourites and actually brought me to tears. Another is ‘Oh, For Those Days’ looking back at what was. An alternative lullaby, a depressed and glum Grim Reaper, the sadness of a house clearance, the remnants of someone’s life and Filth, with a great twist at the end. All with something different to offer. A great collection.