5,0 su 5 stelleA Delightful and Amusing Collection of Poems
13 febbraio 2014 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Stephen Scaer’s volume is a delightful and amusing collection of poems. There is a little bit of something for everyone. One dare not plough through it in a single reading. It should be read in short sittings enjoying the mental ruminations that follow. Family and friends will wonder about your quizzical smile or hearty guffaw. Mr. Scaer’s poems challenge the intellect and emotions; alluding to Greek and Latin classics, the Scriptures, and a father’s wondering if he has ‘done proper and sufficient’ to prepare his children for life. Not all his poems are to be kept quiet. Several need to be read aloud in order to appreciate the alliteration, rhyme and meter. I look forward to his next volume, when perhaps his fledglings may have taken to wing and there shall be stories of different worlds.
Quite a few American formalist poets write intelligent, musical, wide-ranging poems, but only of fraction of them (such as Gail White, X. J. Kennedy, Julie Kane, R. S. Gwynn, Melissa Balmain) write poems that could be labeled “fun,” too. What one first notices about Stephen Scaer’s Pumpkin Chucking is his wit. His first book includes limerick sequences, double dactyls, epigrams, satirical ballades and sonnets, and parodies of famous poems, as well as wry reflections on beer commercials, barbecues, mid-life crises, and other elements of daily life. One doesn’t have to read far to notice that this wit rests on a foundation of eclectic and impressive knowledge of literature. Classical allusions abound, such as the limericks for each of the twelve labors of Hercules, a poem in the voice of Odysseus, a sonnet about Elagabalus and the fall of the Roman Empire. A couple of poems, one about a lifeguard and one about raspberry picking, are written in Anglo-Saxon accentual meter, and there are translations of three French poems by Verlaine and a German poem by Heine. In the long run, though, what most impresses about Scaer’s book is his voice. It is tart, self-deprecating, understated, and with a strand of melancholy that adds shade to what might otherwise seem too bright to be fully rounded. It is a voice that you feel you can trust to tell you the truth: funny, sad, or (like most of life) a mixture of the two.
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