The Slow Knot of Time By Martin Jones
Lyrical like poems greet you in this new collection of poems from Martin Jones. It is quite the calling card to illustrate a sensitive poet’s voice.Amazon USA
“The Slow Knot of Time”
By Martin Jones
Review by LB Sedlacek
Lyrical like poems greet you in this new collection of poems from Martin Jones. It is quite the calling card to illustrate a sensitive poet’s voice.
The lines are marked by an attention to detail peppered with moments of fragility, exaltation, dreams, Cadillacs, fate etc. The variety of poems is refreshing.
He seems to write with a curiosity. He even includes a poem which is an homage to Robert Frost. He handles this quite nicely.
His poems are mostly free verse, with some in prose. Plus there are some conversational poems as well. Even his rhymes are good. The poems seem inquisitive as if they want you the reader to go along with them along their path of discovery, or to help solve any unanswered questions.
His writing is committed. There is great care in each and every poem and it shows. The poems also invoke place or travel like poetry. It’s almost like going on a journey when turning the pages in this new poetry book.
The book is divided into two sections. The first section contains poems mostly for adults. The second section has poems for kids. This makes this poetry book a shareable book amongst parents and kids, or grandparents and grandkids. What will become of poetry if we don’t encourage younger generations to read and write it?
From the poem “Visit to the Mall”:
“Pull on your gummy boots
and fasten up your jacket,
grab the mitts and woolen scarf
beside the sewing basket,
Mom is driving to the mall today,
the school day is through,
we’ll ride the rolling-rocking horse
and see the petting zoo.”
The poems are heartfelt. That much is clear. Plus, they seem filled with gratitude in just simply being happy to exist.
Including the kid poems in the end is quite endearing. It also shows the skill and range of Jones’ abilities. This poetry book is filled with retrospection, love, dancing, family, ah so many things.
The poems are accessible. That makes all the difference when you read poems you want to enjoy them, learn from them, remember them and perhaps think about them later.
“The Slow Knot of Time” will be a long lasting poetry collection. It is a clever and encouraging book of poems.
~LB Sedlacek is the author of the poetry collections “I’m No ROBOT,” “Words and Bones,” “Simultaneous Submissions,” “The Adventures of Stick People on Cars,” and “The Poet Next Door.” Her first poem novel “The Blue Eyed Side” as well as her first short story collection came out last year entitled “Four Thieves of Vinegar & Other Short Stories.” Her mystery novel “The Glass River” was nominated for the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. She writes poetry reviews for “The Poetry Market Ezine” www.thepoetrymarket.com You can find out more about her at www.lbsedlacek.com