TEMPLE OF THE SPHINX is a tale of two friends from the Adirondacks - one an idealistic revolutionary, the other a cynical, fatalistic reporter - who find themselves caught up in an international... More > incident in North Africa - an incident that changes both men irrevocably.< Less
When Justin Grimbol’s poems attend the Banquet for Political Poetical Correctness, they may very well be seen putting their feet on the table, ordering beer instead of wine, and discussing... More > topics ranging from pubic hair to stretch marks. They may very well have not been invited to the event in the first place.
But as the evening progresses and these same poems settle in, reflect and drift though the various stages of their creation, some very profound transformations begin to take place. Meditations on childhood, on loss, on the possibilities of love and lust, on the darkness and light of living through this strange carnival of life and of trying to do this in ribald fashion, make for some marvelous moments of verse.< Less
There is a definite lyricism to the poetry of Shane Rooney - like the sadness of a late autumn afternoon or the bitter memory of a lost love. But there is also a hard-edged downbeat quality that... More > balances the tone and brings a reality to the verses and an everyman’s dreams and desires to the themes.
The poems in Rooney’s work, be they set in Paris or Ireland or the author’s home region of New England, demonstrate great craft and skillful use of both sound and rhythm.
YOUR EARTH KILLING ME is a first collection by a talented young poet and hopefully a foreshadowing of a career in letters to come.< Less