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A Declaration of Our Rippling Days: poetry collection by [Eric Keegan]

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08PS6S154
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Potter's Grove Press LLC (February 9, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 9, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3215 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 135 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24 ratings

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Eric Keegan has been writing novels and screenplays since 2005 but only recently became an avid and enthusiastic reader. The hundreds of books he has read over the last few years has helped him to hone his own writing style. Eric likes to go against the grain when crafting his stories.

Eric currently works in manufacturing. When he isn’t working or writing, he seeks inspiration through his travels and in the great outdoors. He has never forgotten his Eagle Scout training and still finds nature a welcome respite from the stresses of daily life.

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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 16, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Change in the Tide
By Dave Matthes on February 16, 2021
"Don't judge a book by its cover."
More untrue words have rarely ever been spoken. The cover of a book is just as important as the message of the words within, and right off the bat, the cover of this book gives the reader a glimmer of what's to come. Is it a setting moon at the end of a long night, or a newly birthed celestial body just beginning to take the reigns from the sun and begin a long and arduous, if not soul-searching, trek across the night sky? I'm a bit on the cynical side by default, but have been experimenting with thinking more positively in life, so for me, from a symbolic perspective, the moon is setting beneath a veil of clouds and beneath the moon is the crest of the ocean. I may be thinking too much into it, because I've had more than the surgeon general's recommended dose of Double Black Johnny Walker today, but I've never been able to see the moon actually set in such a way, unless I am already at sea, or standing at the edge of a shoreline. A setting moon can mean a lot of things, not mostly of all, change, as it signifies the coming of a new day.

Change seems to be the over-arching theme of "A Declaration of Our Rippling Days", whether it has to do with the "narrator" of these poems, or even literally with Keegan's literary style. Sure, many of Keegan's benchmarks are still present, and he's perfected them beyond their life expectancy, but this collection, at least for me, really marks something for him in terms of his style: for the first time, it feels like that style has truly begun to evolve. Midway through the book, in "Systematic Turnovers", it begins and ends with two extremes that only further accentuate that theme. In "They Assigned Me to Snow Patrol", the narrator seems to contemplate that change, but recognizes it'll be difficult, and if they survive the transformation, they'll be someone very different once out on the other side. Many of the poems feel like side-quests, and just as in life, there are many of them, whereas in "Beneath Chekov's Cratered Moon", the length shortens and almost doesn't feel like a poem, but rather gives the impression of internal prose, like an observance of the real story, a glimpse into what's really going on beneath all the other lyrical tribulations. With "For Elizian", the realization of impending emptiness is brought to the forefront. "Make War, Not War", serves as a punctuation moreover than a poem, and after you read it, the image the words present coupled with where the poem is placed in the book is the guillotine of emotion slamming home. There's also something to note about the fact that there's more profanity in this collection than any of Keegan's previous works. It gives a new weight to the theme of this collection, demonstrating the narrator's anger and internal rebellion.

The narrator seems to at times be in denial of what is probably a need for change in their life, as though they are starved for a new beginning but can't seem to stomach the realization of it. It's hard to move on from something that has become such a pertinent ingredient to one's existence. One could argue: where lies the positive impact of change if one cannot define the reason it's called for in the first place? There may be an essay that could be written on the schools of thought in relation to said subject matter, but I'm certainly not the one to write it. This collection of poetry attempts to find that reason, through various phases of realization, denial, acceptance, regression, and acceptance again, similarly to the stages of death. And in the same manner, something within the narrator is dying, and so naturally, whatever that is, the narrator is having a hard time letting go. A moon is setting on a long night, and "tomorrow" is going to change everything.
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