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Poetry: Volume 5 - Thrills and Chills (Collections of Poetry) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00CK0A96I
- Publisher : Tom Benson; 30221st edition (November 15, 2013)
- Publication date : November 15, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 636 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 129 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,837,598 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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That's both the pro and the con of trying to review such a selection.
Variety pleases and amuses, but is also diffuse.
What I found though, in Mr Benson's work, holding everything together, is that they are stories. With middles, beginnings, and ends.
He himself, near the end of his book, in "Writing Wrongs" - says:
It's how I 'bang my gong'
Injustice I highlight
I say what's been done wrong
Those things we could right
What Tom Benson does in this collection, is present that theme in rhyming lines, without moralizing, but rather showing human beings in action. Internally and externally. Present day, recent, and further back in history. As a man, as a woman, a sometimes both, via a recurrent thread of re-incarnation.
The rhyming four line stanzas are consistent, and often surprising.
I myself write prose poetry, and always marvel when someone pulls off catching both the rhythm and the beat of each line, plus makes every other word chime.
In "Chief White Cloud" he writes:
Chief thought about tomorrows
of memories he'd not know
His brave heart filled with sorrows
as courage he'd now show.
Often, the words blend without punctuation, a technique often used in poetry to create layers of possibilities in the reader's mind. It can sometimes be confusing, forcing a re-read. But the payoff is usually worth it in these poems.
In "Dealing With It" he writes:
Your emotions are a warning
toward someone new you're leaning
As you wake up every morning
each day holds fresh new meaning.
The vastness of this compact collection of poems is too much, I think, for one person to completely point out. Hopefully folk who review this in the future will point out their own favorites.
Which is another nice thing about a collection as good as this, there's something for almost everyone.
A rundown of the author's other work, poetry and fiction, with examples, is included at the end.
Based on this writer's story telling in his crime poetry, I look forward to reading his thrillers.