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Hibernation and Other Poems by Bear Bards Paperback – June 1, 2014
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While all the works were interesting, I was particularly impressed by the work of Jordan Shu. I thought his "Cublife" poem was a nice commentary on connections in the digital age. (I should add that I've run into Mr. Shu in social situations and heard him present his poetry earlier at a poetry slam).
Poetry written with the flair of genius. Incredible look inside the author’s mind.
Poetry is difficult to judge but each piece was beautifully written.
This work, this anthology is a gem. Full of unexpected surprises and delightful sallies into wholly foreign realms. A delight, a bucolic frolic, an earnest journey, a vigorous climb up the mountain of our own understanding, and a foggy glimpse into the glade of our own souls where bears in all their myriad forms dance beneath the stars. By turns funny and poignant, wry and crass, it’s a pocketful of honey drizzled goodness. None of the poems in and of themselves is perfect, for all poems are only ever abandoned in despair of their achieving the greatness we first saw in a flash of inspiration…yet the sum of their individual flaws is, in a word, perfection. Thank you, sweet Elisa, for the opportunity to read this collection of bear bards.
Love, love, love this. So many authors, so many emotions, in fact, if I may, I’ll call this a rainbow of emotions. From the sublime to the thought provoking; from innocent to ‘don’t tell anyone you’re reading this book.’ It’s all there, and I was left wanting more only because of the quality of the writing. In my years as a Rainbow Award judge, I have never given a perfect score, until now.
BRILLIANT! Lush and evocative, it gave me an excellent peep into a rich, diverse culture and made a Bear Admirer out of me! I especially enjoyed the poems by Jack Fritscher and Gavin Geoffrey Dillard.
High points for me were Alfred C Corn's "Young Soldier" ("out from an overhang of black eyebrows / the left one playing the rôle of circumflex"), Ed Madden's "Each arrow is a story. Each wound is a mouth," and Cornelius's "Marriot Hotel Bar" in its entirety which reminds me of the poetry of MS Merwin although the similarity is not a literal one. And the uneasy simplicity of Dan Stone's "Rough" is certainly memorable.
Overall this is a various and interesting collection but perhaps a tad overlong because it is hard for a collection of so many parts to have an overall identity. However given the number of poems included the average quality is impressively high and this is an anthology that takes the reader to some interesting places whether your are already an insider or just "bear curious".
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