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  • By Steve Small
    Feb 7, 2019
    The cover image for this book says much about its content. An open highway winds through majestic, rugged mountains beneath a clear blue sky. We are immediately drawn into a vast terrain of solitude and restless inquiry, as much interior as geographical. Elsewhere the author lists meditation among his interests: any reader having experienced the sensitivity to nature and connectedness of all life which meditation emphasises, will find that perspective in these verses. The style is sparse, yet each word breathes in its own space. The very first piece, Bird of Prey ends with a yearning- Free my fettered wings Take me to the sky There is a recurring sense of humanity having lost its original reverence for nature, hurtling towards global destruction. Any seeds of spiritual salvation are left to the reader’s imagination. In Red Moon the Earth is a teardrop in the void; while Silver Angel sees it as feral and dying, witnessed by blackened sun and weeping moon. The collection includes colour... More > photos illustrating each poem, and is divided into four sections. One examines the mad devastation of war; another lists several musicians like Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, each of whose addictiveness led to their demise by the age of 27. Likewise the final fate of the two Harley-Davidson riding seekers in the film Easy Rider, at the hands of shot-gun-toting rednecks. An ambiguous ending- Easy riders finding freedom -leaves us to contemplate- is this irony or a pointer to rebirth? Finally the verses in the title section Lifeline, point to the salvation, yet also the fragility of personal love. Are you with me on the highway Will you love me to the end? Be an anchor to my soul A lifeline to my heart? These are heart-felt poems inviting us to reflect on the nature of personal and social reality.< Less
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Product Details

ISBN
9781326984441
Edition
First Edition
Publisher
John Sephton
Published
December 4, 2017
Language
English
Pages
36
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Full color
Weight
0.26 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
Product ID
23437145
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