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Night Court Paperback – May 26, 2017
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For example - In the poem Night Court, these lines have so much meaning (to me) very thought provoking -
"I put my tragedies on the witness stand"
"They have sworn to tell the truth and nothing else"
And in the poem Cover -
"You take stock of your life,
how trash laps its edges..."
"Loose your anchors one by one."
This was one of my favorites -
Love Poem with Broken Things
I like to think of him as a small boy, disassembling
the old phonograph his father gave him.
When we moved in together,
he filled our garage with red metal
toolboxes, boxes with drawers
inside of drawers, stuffed with
wrenches of every conceivable size,
drill bits, washers, screws, and nails.
It seemed as if he knew our life ahead
contained a lot of broken things,
and he, for one, was prepared. Back then,
his boxes of tools annoyed me, tripped me,
forced me to park in the driveway.
But now, when I think our life cannot accept
another broken, hopeless thing,
I know that somewhere in the garage
he has a tool that will mend it, tighten it,
wire it or stabilize it, and if he doesn’t,
we’ve learned to let it go with a shrug,
like when he finally admitted he couldn’t
put the phonograph back together, and solemnly
handed the screwdriver back to his father.
These poems are so heartfelt, raw, and honest, some of them are even sad. They are not all happy happy joy joy. They will make you think, maybe even think about your own life. What each person will get from these, what each person takes away, how you feel, how they affect you - for each person, will be different. But I promise, you will feel something. At least one of these poem will hit you, slap you in the face or grab your heart.
I voluntarily posted this review after receiving an audio copy of this book from Poetic Book Tours. Thank you!
The themes around which powms are penned are serious in nature. To be honest, I felt that each poem was a topic being discussed during a session in a night court. What I liked about the poems was the fact that there had a subtle hint of reality. Every reader could associate with one poem or the other.
Erica's writings are simple yet with the power to reach out to people's hearts. Written in free verse these poems had the power to captivate every reader and inspire them to dabble in poetry. The imageries used are vivid. The poems have similies, metaphors, allegories, refrains. However, you need to read them to find out. I could not pick favourites because each one was beautiful.
No poem can justify itself unless it evokes emotions. Every poem had the power to make me think about what was being expressed. The poems will not make you feel relaxed, instead they will encourage you to question. Trust me when I say this, there are times when you need to question yourself, your existence, your purpose in life.
To sum up, Erica's poetry encouraged my inner self to conduct night court sessions. The collection is a must read for every poetry lover who seriously wants to explore the various facets of life and emotions through poetry. Amazing and excellent.
P.S - Thank you Serena from Poetic Book Tours for an excellent collection of poesy and introducing me to an amazing poet. My review is my honest opinion after reading this amazing collection.
You don't panic when you see him
sitting at the window of his private room
where he's been sketching a bottle of hand lotion.
Something else sets in, let's call it pre-panic,
like the first time he left you, dropped your hand
and stepped through the kindergarten door
or when you left him in a dorm
with two wall-eyed roommates.
This not-quite-panic, this warmup-for-panic
served you well when he called you from
the highway with a crumpled fender.
You made him call the tow truck, made him
take responsibility, for once,
smug and parental and not panicking.
But when he looks through you, tells you about movie night
and occupational therapy
shows you the ten pills a day he needs
just to keep his world horizontal
you let the clean heat of panic constrict your heart,
loosen your gut, the sweat rolling down your scalp
like the first rain after summer's drought
in a California meadow.
Like I said, relatable. "Visiting Hours" perfectly captures what we fear, but must face, with aging parents. Not hard to understand why this one had me near tears.
If you love poetry, I highly recommend Night Court. I hope it speaks to you as it spoke to me.
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