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  • By Sheila Deeth
    Aug 10, 2009
    "Taking me Home to England" Crenellations, or battlements, top the walls of ancient castles, stepping up and down, providing safety and shelter, secret spaces to watch between, and holes through which to rain arrows down on aggressors. Ann Keller’s poems take us to the concrete battlements of German bunkers on the coast of France, to beautiful Versailles, to peaceful chateaux marred by war, and to the quiet battles of love and desire. She stands us atop tall towers, looking down as lovers wave goodbye, and friends are lost, and she offers the peace and safety of a strong fortress founded on God. The first poem, “Be Thankful,” sets the tone with lilting rhythms and half rhymes. “Open your arms” she exhorts the reader. “Go forth and make this world a better place…” And the poems go on to look at the darkness of war and relationships, and make of each something good or a reminder of good. Being English, my hackles are fragile when it comes to old English usage, though to be... More > fair, old English and old American must be about the same. The author uses the old words well but I hear them with an American accent, foreign to me and distracting from the tales the verses tell. But “Fairy Breath” drew me in with a sweetness that kept my senses soothed, a poem as pretty as its title sounds. I loved the message and imagery of “Cobblestones.” The “pieces, Fashioned hard by the passage of time,” falling neatly into purpose and place. And the poems reveal real people who form those pieces in society—the old woman who lost her betrothed to war, the tomboy girl, the expatriate Scot called home by the pipes of memory. Fierce oceans, wild dragons, lords and ladies, pirates, fairies, monks and maidens fill the pages of “Crenellations.” And beauty is a thing to behold with care, as “The Lonely Knight” learns. Osiris’ underworld, the purple mantis, organ notes in a dusty loft, and an ancient willow stubbornly standing guard offer beauties of their own. But my favorite poems were the short quiet ones, odes to frogs and the rainbows of a prism. Near the middle of the book, “A Clap of Silence” crowns the collection, as Stonehenge crowns the moor, and the author’s skills offer gorgeous imagery of a “Crusty day drizzled in evening syrup.” Followed promptly by the glory of a “Dragon Rising,” and the squalor of “A Vagrant’s Vigil,” the poems step up and down over their own crenellations, and the reader begins to fall into a rhythm, looking outwards and in. The “Cathedral at York” (a place I love well) was beautifully brought to life, with crypts and altars and light. Then the reader comes down from the tower to wander rock pools by the sea. On to “Dover”—I felt like I’d paid a visit to my homeland with the author as my guide. Yes indeed Ann, “This is England!” My problems with rhythm and accent aside, there are sparkling images here that will stay in my heart long after reading and enjoying this collection. Thank you Ann.< Less
  • By A. F. Stewart
    Jun 18, 2009
    "A Welcome Return to Traditional Poetry." Crenellations by Ann B. Keller is an interesting mixture of poetry, with some compelling visual imagery. Each rhyme is a story told in poetry form, and takes the reader through an enchanting and varied journey. The poems range in topic from ageless fantasy and history to quiet ruminations on nature and life. I found the tone old-fashioned and lyrical, in the grand tradition of a bard. It is a bursting world, full of musings on fair maidens, knights, castles, myths, innocence, flora, family, love and God. The author seems to be channeling, with great aplomb, the spirits of poets past. There are no avant-garde poems in the book’s pages, simply odes to the time-honored forms of poetry. Personally, I would have liked to have seen a bit more structure in the format, perhaps with the poems categorized, but this quibble certainly does not detract from the delight taken in the reading of the poetry or the skill of the poet. Crenellations... More > is a picturesque and comforting book of poetry and I greatly recommend it.< Less
  • By Yvonne Mason
    Jun 4, 2009
    "Shakesphere in Modern Day" Crenellations By Ann B Keller ISBN:978-0-557-06767-1 When I picked up Crenellations by Ann B Keller, I knew it would be over the top. I wasn't wrong. Ms. Keller's book of poetry hit me like a great dose of Shelly, or Keats. I felt goose bumps when I read Hadrian's Wall and intertwined William Wallace one of the greatest defenders of freedom Scotland ever had. Her poem Old Maid brought tears to my eyes as I willed the woman to see her love again. Ms. Keller once again has proven that she indeed is a master of story telling even in poetry. She writes in the language of William Shakesphere in that her poems are full of passion, love, sadness, and hope which come through the page like a fireball. This book is a must have for all lovers of poetry for those who memorize and use it daily. Crenellations is full of history, wit, and life. A five star book for sure. Yvonne Mason, Author
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Product Details

ISBN
9780557067671
Edition
First Edition
Publisher
Lulu.com
Published
May 17, 2009
Language
English
Pages
156
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.63 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
Product ID
4873157
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