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Magic Realized and Other Poems on the Human Spirit Paperback – April 21, 2017
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About the Author
Louis Alan Swartz has devoted his life to helping people realize the magnitude of their ability. He has traveled extensively in Africa, India, Europe, and the Middle East. He lives in Los Angeles with Connie, his wife of thirty years.
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I get shivers reading it. The author has lived life and there is such wisdom and joy in the book... it's refreshing and inspiring. Life is not always nice and the author knows it. But the beauty of life outweighs the evils... and it shines from the pages of the book.
This poetry is a gift of imagination, stories designed to stir any soul. As such the collection is aptly named. The words in the book contain keys to realizing one’s own magic. It deserves a large audience as it has much to give.
Good poetry. I'd recommend it to anyone, especially if what seems to be needed is a spiritual shower. You'll feel you had one by the time you put it down.
In Early Morning Note we find a powerful insight into a relationship, for example this: “I want you to know I love you, /But what does that really mean? /Help Frank get up and to school.”
There is a different spin on this concept in Note on Refrigerator Door.
For nostalgia, turn to When We Played with Wooden Toys.
For a personal insight into mortality (or not) turn to Grandpa, where we find this: “He had not planned on growing old. /He had not prepared for death. /“You live on in the acts of goodness /You performed,” the Rabbi had said. /He remembered something vague /About “The Kingdom of Heaven.” /None of it made much sense to him.” If you think that’s a spoiler, turn to this poem and read all of it to the surprise ending.
For a gentle, variegated insight into the human condition, turn to Cookbook. So apparently simple, it is brilliant.
I’m allergic to long titles, but Those Summers when the Warm Wind Blew East Across the Plain (Those Summers isn’t enough?) is a fine example of nostalgia told in very short, deceptively simple lines. Here’s a teaser from the ‘critical point’ of this poem: “Standing oak /Deeply rooted, /Tenacious and /Nearly forever. / /Returned there, /Late summer, Just before /The first rain.” There’s no way I can give you the feeling you will have when you read this in context.
Finally, the six line poem Passing will blow you away. You need all six lines to get it, so no quotes here. Sorry. Buy the book and turn to this one.
Given all of the above, 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. There are a lot of poems here, and your favourites may be different from mine. I think four stars is about right, based on the poems mentioned above. Your personal rating may well be higher.
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(Note: this reviewer received a free copy of this book for an independent review. He is not associated with the author or Amazon.)