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Geography: Poetry Paperback – January 28, 2014
"From the opening poem of this collection ('Geography') you know you are in the hands of a cultured, knowledgeable and thoughtful poet. Richard Pacheco knows art is about 'vanishing points.' Artists, like poets, direct their audience, as Auden might say, even to the quiet corners of the picture. Richard Pacheco has collected sixty-five poems for this Free Verse canvas (with the occasional rhyme). His style is engaging, cultured but not obscure, gently humorous and wry." ★★★★Reviewed by Tim Dalgleish for Readers' Favorite
Some of the pieces are quite literary.Relationships abound in this work; in the poem Geography we have a sustained metaphor covering a failing interaction. Again in Last Supper: "We face each other /eating our lean cuisine /that tastes a lot like crow /or our own words." and in Revisions this: "in my saga, l grow /more heroic, able & smart /and you deplete /like used uranium." There is even a personal relationship disaster in Collision Course.
Jim Bennett, Kindle Book Review Team member.
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Some of the pieces are quite literary. I recommend readers look up everything, e.g. ‘nevus,’ that you’re not absolutely certain of.
Relationships abound in this work; in the poem Geography we have a sustained metaphor covering a failing interaction. Again in Last Supper: “We face each other /eating our lean cuisine /that tastes a lot like crow /or our own words.” and in Revisions this: “in my saga, l grow /more heroic, able & smart /and you deplete /like used uranium.” There is even a personal relationship disaster in Collision Course.
If you’re looking for a cosmological question, you’ll find it in Murmur: “What is the secret name of God? /that dark unspoken sound /that will reverse the Big Bang...”
There are several poems dedicated to famous artists, including Matisse, Chagall, Max Beckman, De Kooning, Paul Klee, Degas, and the marvellous one titled To Matisse.
Some of the longer poems are literary and complex, as is Duel. Some of them are scary, as in Vietnam Hero.
If you’re looking for social commentary, turn to Rehearsal: both cynical and observant.
If you’re looking for a fascinating portrait, turn to For B., which begins thus: “I have seen men clamor at your feet /scrambling like crazed ants /at an opulent picnic /searching out the perfect morsel.”
Point of Information is a personal favourite here, with lines like these: “a break up means /you go your way /and I go mine /no longer crossed /intersections of delight /or miserable moments /resurrecting old fears” and ends with “I don't need to know /the new color of your hair /or observe with care /that you lost some weight /I lost some too— you.” It is impossible to deliver the force of this poem, even with extensive quotes.
Invoking the Muse is another favourite, apparently light-hearted, but actually not.
To say that the images are fresh is perhaps an understatement; they almost verge on the bizarre, as in Lazarus Resting, where we find this: “ambling awkwardly attached /to your entourage of I.V. bottles /gagged on the odor of sterile alcohol /which smothers the air like a friendly aunt.”
Another sustained metaphor occurs in Stones: “my word skim across/ ...../.... silver surface of a pond.” To quote more would spoil the surprise.
While some of the poems are complex, I found some of these rewarding on subsequent readings, What’s Left being an example of this.
Given all this, how do I come up with four stars? My personal guidelines, when doing an ‘official’ KBR review, are as follows: five stars means, roughly equal to best in genre. Rarely given. Four stars means, extremely good. Three stars means, definitely recommendable. I am a tough reviewer. Pacheco is one tough, powerful poet. Four stars it is, and highly recommended.
Jim Bennett, Kindle Book Review Team member.
(Note: this reviewer received a free copy of this book for an independent review. He is not associated with the author or Amazon.)
Courting Murder (Judge Rosswell Carew Series Book 1)
"Geography" runs to gamut of love, hate, mortality, history, art, nature....he touches on many topics in these poems with originality, emotion and depth.
Some of my favorites in this collection include:
The Prophet's Despair
Even in heaven
the weeds push
through the pavement.
Geography- a sensuous exploration of a relationship ending
Remains- this one is perfection
Evocative images and the precision of his chosen words, make for a memorable reading experience from beginning to end.
I'm taking off 1 star as there were several poems that I found just too morose to personally enjoy or re-read. Poetry being such a subjective genre, that takes nothing away from the quality of this work throughout; it is only a reflection of my own personal preferences.
Memorable, original and recommended.
Geraldine Helen Hartman, author and poet