- File Size: 2913 KB
- Print Length: 210 pages
- Publisher: Formless Press; 1 edition (March 9, 2014)
- Publication Date: March 9, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IWMFG34
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,182 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
an inkling hope: select poems 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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I read through the book several times and was intrigued to find that there an index by title, notes on each poem in another section, an index of first lines, and a listing of poetry forms and which poems are therein included under each enumerated form.
A few of my favorite poems were Compression, on page 12, Aftermath, on page 39, Timelines on page 68, Pestilence on page 86, By Julia C. R. Dorr’s Grave, pages 92 & 93, and a Note from Adam on page 132.
In summary, I would recommend this book of poems highly to any avid reader of good poetry … and to those who are browsing in hopes that they will develop that same love of reading.
I picked this book up and couldn't put it down, and I'm not one predisposed to read books of poetry cover to cover. I like to ponder one poem and take it apart word by word, and reconnect the pieces for an evening. By then I'm usually done for the night. This is probably the first book of poetry that gripped me like a good novel. It is both accessible, and incredibly instructive for those interested in understanding the art of poetry more deeply. Each poem yields a unique message for the price of a moments reflection, but most of the poems, especially the more complex ones, give more and more as you take more time to notice every nuance of structure and word choice, as the aging of a good and complex wine reveals more and more complexity and depth.
When my mind wandered, as it is wont to do after being stimulated by one of these poems, and something wasn't connecting, the brief notes for each poem towards the end of the book nudged me back. Each provide just the right amount of context and enrichment to allow the reader to refocus, stop obsessing, and move on to the next course. When I feel a strong connection to one of the poems, the notes sometimes provide a glimpse of still more that I didn't see.
Above all, reading this book is an education in writing as well as life. The description of poetic forms is a great reference in its own right. This is a book that will heighten the senses and sharpen the mind for a stroll in the park, and show step by step how to use language to grapple to with demons with sophistication, style and grace.
Thank you Mr. Thomas for the hours and years of sacrifice and dedication you must have put into giving us this precious gift!
Viken Matossian, MD
This strength emerges most prominently in the juxtaposition of the peace and simplicity found in nature with the uncertainty and complexities that exist in human relationships. The intimate personification of nature that is so prevalent throughout these poems creates a sense of intense personal connection that anyone who has ever had an awestruck moment beneath a star-salted sky or a tree thick with blooms can relate to. This personification is at times so extensive, the reader may not at first realize that the author is describing nature instead of a person. One striking example of this is the poem, "Phases," which describes the moon as a woman with a "slightly crooked smile" and a "pale white sundress." On the whole, these poems radiated a sense of tranquility.
Interestingly, such intimacy was contrasted by the distance that often emerged whenever the subject of the poem was a person rather than nature. While many of the people-centered poems were still deeply personal, they were often more abstract, or spoken with a voice that was more cautious and sometimes unstable. This dichotomy can be observed very overtly in two poems that are placed side-by-side in the book, both titled "A Christmas Poem." The first depicts a night spent out in the woods, and it is written in gentle, literary language, with images such as "a double-rainbow moon" and the "touch of hidden angels." The second, which reflects on the death of someone unknown in parallel to the death of the speaker's father, contains language that is much more direct and abrupt, with phrases like "the phone rang," "I hear your sobs," and "the cold gray weight." It is as emotionally jarring as the former is peaceful.
Yet in spite of the messiness of human relationships, there remain glimpses of a faith in humanity, in a love that makes the mess worth it. One such beautiful portrait of this is "morning prayer": "she touches sanctity between her brows/ and presses to her lips a deep respect/ then one by one her fingers trace the path/ of patience lowly chanted through the light."
One aspect of the collection that may come as a surprise, and perhaps even be off-putting to some contemporary readers, is the presence of a variety of poetic forms throughout the book. However, these forms often serve a specific purpose (if the reader can't decipher it on his/her own, the "Notes" and "Index of Forms" sections located in the back of the book are particularly helpful). For example, these structures create a sense of stability that can either emphasize the content of the poem, such as in "A Lullaby," or set-up a contrast, as is the case in "Loss." The rhyme, rhythm, and repetition of these more formal poems also adds a lyrical quality that is especially effective in poems such as the aforementioned "A Lullaby," which are clearly designed to be reminiscent of a song.
There is so much further to explore, I could continue on. But works of art are created to be experienced for themselves; thus, fellow reader, I leave the rest to you.
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Even the index of First Lines (pgs. 172-175) is a poem all its own.
Insightful and moving.