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  • By Jenny Bruns
    Oct 15, 2009
    "Sam Silva: Why God Is Really A Woman: Rachel Poems And Others" Sam Silva’s book "Why God Is Really A Woman: Rachel Poems And Others" delivers with his identifiable poetic style, which is often a battle between inner and outer worlds that many of us can relate to. Silva doesn’t make it a secret that he’s been long diagnosed with schizophrenia, and his poetry reflects the complex and intriguing viewpoint that he has honed over decades into sophisticated yet accessible verse. A warning may be necessary to some readers because his work is not for the prudish. Some poems are profane and expose some of life’s lewd and lascivious qualities – not gratuitously, but to remind us of our nature and to reflect upon our most basic drives and behaviors. Silva’s poetry is astonishingly honest. A departure from his prior book, "Eating & Drinking," this collection doesn’t contain prose, and thankfully the copy is cleaner and easier to read. I prefer short, bite-sized... More > poems that aren’t aimless and go on ad nauseam, and none here exceed two pages in length. Also characteristic of Silva is that his open verse is not stagnant – the action continuously moves forward and isn’t forced. You will get to know Silva through his poems, many of which are threaded with a ribbon of darkness, and many are grounded by the influence of the Fayetteville and Fort Bragg area. The first poem in the book, “I Sleep In A Soldier Town,” is a strong opening that draws the reader in by fixing us to place in both the past and the present. His partner, Rachel, was touched on in his last book, but in this work she is given a deep tribute. My favorite is “Keeping Rachel’s Warmth Alive” because it uses emotive imagery to make us see and feel a bonded pair of artists. The second half of the book offers more variety in style and themes. His poetry often has layered meaning, and the frightening and shocking truth (I don’t think it’s fiction) hidden inside “Wishing For This Less Than Nothing” is clear by the anger that sets this poem apart from every other Silva poem I’ve read. Silva is a Fayetteville treasure whose verse is sometimes cerebral and sometimes puerile (extended references to farting for example), and this book of poetry moved me in its originality yet quintessential style that is simply Sam.< Less
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Product Details

Publisher
samsilva54
Published
July 27, 2007
Language
English
Pages
144
Binding
Hardcover (casewrap)
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.62 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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