Published: 28th February 2018
Publisher: Langdon Street Press
Author: Rich Marcello
Provocative and profound, Rich Marcello’s poems are compact but expansive, filled with music as seductive as their ideas, and focused mostly on how to be a good man. This is a collection of deep passion and wisdom for fathers, husbands, and sons, but also for mothers, wives, and daughters, many who began with a longing for the things they were taught to desire by their forefathers, only to later discover a different path, one lit by loss and welcoming of the vulnerable, one made of the long body that connects us all.
Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book under 100 pages. This book is split into 3 parts with around 16 poems per section. So you can dip in and out when the need strikes or plow through in one go.
I find it kind of calming to read some forms of poetry. Letting your mind flow in different directions as you make your own interpretations of what you think they could mean.
There were lots of poems to choose from but here are a few of my favorites from each section of the book and my interpretations on what I thought they were about.
Part 1 – In the Coming:
I Do Now – Exploring the light and dark that people can hold and accepting someone’s shadow as much as their light.
Porchwork – About reliving a memory and place in time so much that you want to recreate it forever in other ways so you can hold dear.
Daughters and Sons – About embracing each other, the love we share and how to send it out into the world to heal it and others.
Part 2 – Yab Yum:
How We Struggle to Pass Down – Feeling the need to tell those younger than yourself to remember the feelings and dreams they have as they come. To not live with regrets when they get older but in the end learning that all must go through lessons and learn things at their own pace. As you remember you were once that young who thought you knew best.
Stillness – Finding some place still and calm to reboot and recharge in a way so you can find your center and balance to start again.
The Return of Hippies – Remembering a time where everything and everyone was carefree. To go back to a forgotten time where sun, hope, rainbows and love played their parts. Showing a world of possibilities to remember and to push forward with love and kindness.
Part 3 – Aether:
Belong to No One – Finding your center and learning to belong to yourself and no other. Feeling happy with who you are and how you see the world and your life around you.
How to Be a Good Man – About embracing new ways to think and act when troubles come your way. If you want to walk away, step closer. Hate then love. To find ways to see things differently and learning to forgive if needed.
The Long Body – Finding ways to see how things and people are connected. Letting love, kindness and memories guide you forward to help with any challenges ahead. As the title suggests it’s about the long body of life that connects us all.
Interesting collection of poems that make you stop and think. Some I liked more than others but all intriguing in their own way. It’s a good book to go to as a stopgap book between heavier ones. A break book so to speak that won’t take long to get through. Worth checking out for anyone interested in poetry.
4 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.