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  • By John Emerson
    Jul 24, 2012
    'Shards', in the truest sense of the term, is a journey in literature. William grants the reader an intimate view into his poetic growth and development, a process which is visible throughout the course of this outstanding piece of work as the poems document his understanding of the world of words and make us privy to the heart of a poet. William's work is, I am unafraid to say with no exaggeration, spectacular. It has been a long time since I have read a contemporary poet whose work has appealed instantly to me and has caused me to gravitate immediately towards his style and subject matter. 'Shards' fantastically combines a world of pure grandeur and imagination with the most intricate, minute and mundane aspects of everyday life with a talent that is nothing short of admirable. William writes with a style that fans of Plath and Bukowski will adore and has a wordmanship that treats words with a delicacy that appreciates the true power behind each syllable. If Mark Twain's argument is... More > true and that "the difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.", then I can honestly say that William Barker carries a thousand tempests in his wake. The poems within stretch from cummings-esque masterpieces to extended ballads with subject matters that range from the beauty of nature to the heart of poetry itself. Each poem stands alone as a true work of art. If you feel the need for a poetic awakening, pick this book up. William is at his best when he commentates on the very nature of artistry and forces the reader to reflect on their own desires and intentions as a writer. The impact of the founding poets who are no longer with us and our commitment to them is an omnipresent theme . This theme in itself births a new appreciation for writers now gone in the most beautiful way. The whole book is an amazing tribute to them all. To read a poem which debates over the soul of poetry is an experience unlike any other. So to close, I must say I cannot express my love for this collection. As a writer, I was inspired. As a human, I was moved. As a reader, I was captivated. The immensity of the work cannot be fully expressed, but I must let you know of its pure brilliance and the weight each individual poem carries. 'Shards' is truly fantastic and is a read that I will find myself returning to for years to come.< Less
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February 15, 2012
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.46 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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