The Seeker Is The Sought: Poems of Lovers’ Joys, Lovers’ Empowerments: Poems: 1970-2010

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This slender book of poetry is divided into three sections: The Seeker, The Sought, and The Found. It purports to be poems of “lovers’ joys and lovers’ empowerments.” There is an interesting use of language in “There is an isness” which makes the poem quite fun. In “Shrink yourself!” the humorous word play is enjoyable. “Fisher’s lament: the one who got away” continues the word play. In “New rain,” the rain has “laughing feet” as it pounds rooftops. In “To an Island girl: Twenty-three for Debbie,” the voice can be confusing as it shifts. “A thousand givings is your love” is somewhat repetitive as are some of the poet’s other poems. “Ram – ee- kack” is an onomatopoeian ode to baseball.

This reviewer found the back cover blurb and the poet’s biography long and involved. His accomplishments listed in resume style were confusing. The poet, in a 2011 interview about his readers, says: “By reading the first poem through to the last, they actually did experience a personal transformation that can only be characterized as spiritual.” I wonder if this can be a money-back guarantee. Enjoy the poems you like in this very personal selection, such as “The Arrival,” a wonderful poem about family longing with a clever nod to Jane Austen. It alone is a very worthwhile selection.

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Star Count 2/5
Format Trade
Page Count 72 pages
Publisher Outskirts Press Inc
Publish Date
ISBN 9781432702267 Buy this Book
Issue August 2011
Category Poetry & Short Stories


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