Vignettes of Boyhood & Other Poems (Book) Review
Publisher: Publishing Direct
Author: Micharl Thurlstan Bassett
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I do like to read (and write) poetry but I must admit to being very picky. Verse that tries too desperately to rhyme makes me cringe and at the same time I don't want to read poetry filled with old-fashioned words that mean I must keep a dictionary next to me at all times. I want to read poetry and be swept away to a magical place, created by a few words and a few lines. Mr Bassett's poetry ticks all of these boxes. You can see he isn't trying too hard and has an incredible gift to be able to create abundant images in your head with just a few lines. Poetry comes naturally to him and it is such a pleasure to read through the many poems within this book. There are over 80 poems that tell the story of Mr Bassett's childhood and his observations over the years. War, art, nature, love, time and even Beethoven are some of the themes covered in this wonderful book of prose.
I read all of these in their entirety in 2 sittings. I just couldn't get enough of them and how they made me feel. They made me feel peaceful and made me question and think about things in a different way. I usually re-read each poem again at least 2 or 3 times before moving on. Mr Bassett has a deep understanding of men of past and present times and the struggles we put upon ourselves and each other and he manages to capture this time and time again.
My favourites (and there were many) include Credo, True Greatness, Fleeting Impressions, Happiness Is ..., Eternal England and Quo Vadis?
It is difficult to pick a few lines to copy here but there are a couple of the ones I enjoy the most:
"The storm throws rounds its shoulders
A dazzling rainbow'd scarf,
And shaking free her scented hair,
Looks back and gently laughs."
"Up o'er the black and glistening rocks,
They burst with thunderous roars,
While rainbow floods of swirling foam
Cascaded down in falls."
(Random Thoughts In Bed)
"The agony of hoping
For a dawn that never comes,
And the mocking face of failure,
And rejection's down-turned thumbs."
Do yourself a favour and purchase this delightful book. You will not regret it and I have no doubt "Vignettes of Childhood and Other Poems" will forever have a place in your heart and on your bookshelf.
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