‘Several Perplexing Questions Following a Poetry Accomplishment’, in this poem Caleb questions his own creativity of writing poetry. He wonders whether is it common or rare for one to feel a sense of disappointment with each writing. Is it possible for one to feel an end of writing to be near, with just one significant publication? What peaks a creativity, could it sustain or head towards downfall immediately? Very aptly he writes;
While Edenfield is not a real institution, it was inspired by multiple different actual institutions from around the world. These institutions from her research are no longer in operation. According to the author, she came across intriguing yet horrible information about the extreme mistreatments and misconducts suffered by these institutionalized patients.
The book is divided into several different sections. The question is do the section titles suggest the art work letters that will follow or not? Another question the reader may ask, is there a message in the words and letters or not?
‘A dead soldier speaks’, in this poem Sean has captured the thoughts of a dead soldier very brilliantly. Soldier says his death was shorter than his life. He would rather let the killer speak for him than those who know him, because he feels that those who speak for him weave lie like a magician pulling silk scarves from his mouth.
The author states that his book “presents some of my reflections on environment, society, aging, religion, time and peace of mind” and there’s a “focus is on the animal world which has enriched my life for eight decades.” It is a delightful compilation indeed to see an author present their works as they have lived in them or lived through them.
“Old Friends” is a chapbook of poetry dedicated to and/or really about the author’s dog, Nero. Once you read through these heart warming adventures and sometimes deeper moments, you may long for a furry companion of your own. Or at the very least, you may want to read more poems about animals and pets.
Usually, it’s summer when I read and review. Mid-morning in the sunny hot tub surrounded by banana trees and bamboo. Or late afternoon in a hammock on the porch where Honeysuckle has come in through the screen, a ceiling fan barely moves and, down below, looking out across the pasture, deer leap like children in tall grass.
Do yourself a favor and read The Bride’s Gate and Other Assorted Writings from cover to cover. You will still love the effect, but in a more organized way.
Duane L. Herrmann offers a somewhat spiritual and wondrous journey through poems in this new collection. Poems range in style and form, but each one carries a life within the lines. His poems are thoughtful and connected. The poems resonate and radiate his sense of passion and care which is evident on each page.