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  • By Diane M Denton
    Oct 6, 2017
    I've been following Martin Shone's blog, taken pleasure, been reassured and inspired by his poetry for many years, and keep his first two collections close by. I expected "After the Rain" to be as companionably soothing, sensory and enlightening. And so it is, once more inhaling and exhaling poetry in caressing arrangements of words, light as a feather while defying gravity, rising out of Martin's intuitive observations and perceptive reflections, as well as his experience, imagination and belief that, as I wrote in my review of his "Silence Happens", "beauty, peace and love are always available." Just a few pages into "After the Rain" I realized I was witnessing a favorite poet's maturing, strengthening, and deepening. He was still offering the music of his soul for me to "sing along", but, also, a new complexity of rhythms, sounds and understanding. Without losing any of his writing's freshness and delicacy, his lyrical musings had... More > become more inspired and inspiring, confident and courageous, distinct and layered: "within its slender whole/there are worlds within worlds within worlds" ("Worlds Within Worlds). Another of the poems ("As a Leaf Falls") could well describe the effect of reading "After the Rain": "As it falls/and as it nears/a speck of shadow/can be seen/increasing in size/upon the earth/and when it settles/shadowless/it frees light." Marin's poetry "frees light", like leaves falling, floating, spiraling, influencing shadows as it offers different views of brilliance. It illuminates life's branches reaching inside and out, up and down, strong and willowy and broken, and is another sound in nature, "as delicate as the finest silk, a cacophony of such minuteness, that settles upon all things" ("Upon All Things"), begging us "to return to tree's soul/to nourish life/buds of peace/to shine/to release/and to soak/for us to live and breathe." There are many poems in this collection that stood out as favorites, but the one I return to more than any other is "As Bluebells Distract My Mind", too long to quote in full here, so I offer its last two lines: "How can I write anything to compare with this magic therefore I regard the distractions around me and put down my pen. "After the Rain" offers a sublime invitation to live and breathe through all the senses, contemplation, the heart's joys and sorrows, spiritual reflection, and magical distraction, which is the poet's best muse and his audience's best reason for attending to what he creates.< Less
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First Edition
Silence Happens
April 11, 2017
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.61 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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