5,0 su 5 stelleThe Conflicting Claims of Love and Sorrow
21 marzo 2015 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
To absorb the sensibility in Martin McGovern's book of poems, BAD FAME, is to revel in the conflicting claims of love and sorrow. The genius of the collection is in its intertwining of shock and beauty, as in the startling prose poem, "The Rainbow Diary": "Is the father/ driving their car, with all of them in it, into the river?/Is the mother whispering prayers? How much love can they killl?" McGovern's imagery is brilliantly sensuous; his revelations shine with wit and heart. Literary and historical allusions sparkle with fresh meaning. BAD FAME is a treasure, the work of a poet reaching new heights with his highly original powers.
5,0 su 5 stelle" like it was dessert to be savored
27 luglio 2015 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
I am stunned by the images. I held back reading this until I "had time," like it was dessert to be savored. And indeed, it should be savored, but more like a favorite cup of tea that you sit down with day after day, not something to be doled out in penny-pinching fashion. It's marvelous, and I should have enjoyed it sooner.
There's something about the vivid line that draws me to any written work, and so I was immediately drawn in by the first poem, Today: "The air is unhinged, I believe, and full of jazz." Yet in Bad Fame, each poem leads to yet another perfect line:
"Your silhouette is sewn into the lace curtain," he writes in a later poem. Yes! What a visual, what a memory to store.
There are so many images in which I can relate, and so many questions he posits that I also ask. It's a beautiful collection of poems and I'm the richer for having it near me to savor.
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