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Star Signs: New and Selected Poems
A Review by Robbie Cheadle
Star Signs: New and Selected Poems is a marvelous book packed with the most beautifully descriptive poems about a wide variety of different topics that are grouped together under the following four sections which indicate their overarching theme: Lights Across the Sky, Distant Legends & Metaphors, Transmutation of Earthy Elements and Seasons, Days and Years.
The poet’s use of language is rich and theatrical as is illustrated by the following short extracts:
“Accomplishments seem possible
concentric choices are unlimited”
“The lively sonata of midday skies
responds to the muted notes of night skies.
Time is temporal. Immeasurable.”
“My jewelry box embraces
yesterday’s vanishing dreams
favourite obsessions – polished and hidden.”
This quote is from one of my favourite poems in this collection: Sleeping Beauties.
The poems are mainly written in free verse but there are a number that are pantoums, a form of poetry which makes use of repeating lines throughout the poem. It is composed of a series of quatrains; the second and fourth lines of each stanza are repeated as the first and third lines of the next stanza. I am in awe of the poet’s ability to create poems that form a perfect story using this style of poems. The repeated lines lead effortlessly into the new lines, which support them and continue the flow and rhythm of the words seamlessly.
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