-Review by Kazza K
It has been a very long time since I sat down with a book of poetry. I used to write poetry when I was younger, even had some published. My daughter won an award for one of hers, and had it published, and my son also writes. So I guess we do like our poetry in this family. Having said that, I'm no expert on the art and craft of poetry, much like painting. While I may be no expert, I do know what I like and I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of twenty individual pieces from Wilde City Press.
I have read Anne Brooke, Hank Edwards and Geoffrey Knight's books before, on many occasions, but here they let their inner poet loose, along with Owen Keehnen and Ewan Creed. The result is some varied and interesting styles and I just sat there with a hot drink or two and took it all in one evening.
I have a couple of favourites, they were different but they all struck a chord. Your Stupid Faith, by Geoffrey Knight was brilliant, contemporary in style and I could totally relate. I Saw Him in the Hall Today, nothing like being snowed in at an airport with company, and the interesting thoughts and behaviour post...snow-in, to the acute sensory observations about the end of someone's life in On Losing Someone - both by Hank Edwards. Owen Keehnan has an interesting style - The Boy With The Bluest Blue Eyes, more like a monologue, was very well written, along with the gritty and well named, Bessie Smith Days and Ewan Creed's contribution, Hallways - love may just be a person away, just around the corner...even in a bathhouse.
I thought He Holds My Hand, by Anne Brooke, was stunningly beautiful -
For thinking so, we blush and smile,
we move out bodies closer now,
lay down regret and stay a while,
our loving acts disprove our vow......
The other thing to note about this collection is it's free from WCP and I cannot believe that such a lovely poetry book cost me nothing. Just for the record, I don't download anything simply because it is free, it has to pique my interest in some way, So, thank you WCP, I both appreciated and enjoyed the beautiful Falling Awake: Poems From Wilde City.
5 Poetic Stars