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The Sky and the Sea: Poetry and Prose Paperback – July 23, 2013
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"...an elemental feast for the imagination....plays upon the contrast between sky and sea with poetic aplomb, interweaving the mythological tension of the two having been separated at the dawn of time and yearning to reunite ever since....makes the reader feel privileged, as if he or she has been allowed to glimpse an eternal secret - a key to understanding the universe."--Rich Follett, Readers' Favorite
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For example, in Isolation we find this: “I am an egg,/ easily broken /by the slightest jar. /A slippery mess /for you to clean up /and quickly move on /to the next task.” In The Sky and the Sea we have a fascinating personification of these two major fluids. And, a version in Spanish. This introduced by a quote from Genesis about the ‘parting’ of these waters.
A personal favourite here is Dreams. I won’t spoil this excellent short poem with a quote. Buy the book and turn to this page. The same format is used in Time, another favourite. Again, there is a gentle religious suggestion in Death, where we find this: “Death is the cocoon /That becomes the butterfly. /Death is dark clouds /Before the rainbowed sky.”
There is humour and self-deprecation, as Darius and I ends with: “we traverse the perilous /terrain of existence, /Pausing only to stuff /French fries in our mouths.” There is a gorgeous Haiku in Rain. No spoilers here; I’d have to quote the entire poem.
If you’re looking for social commentary, turn to Malcolm. I found this disturbing. As always, Google anything you’re not entirely certain of. Johnson covers a lot of ground, and some famous individuals.
The prose piece, The Great Philosopher, reminded this reader of Stephen Crane’s poems that begin ‘many workmen’ and ‘a man saw a ball of gold in the sky’. Like Crane, questioning knowledge and value is told here by Johnson in simple words. The prose piece Evolution is disturbing.Read more ›