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Jim Bennett, poet
Seven: Poems 7 By Jim Bennett
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With this collection, Bennett returns to his earlier topic of loss. Loss of time, opportunity, loved ones, and of life itself. A life reduced to memorial names or tags on museum exhibits. Loss... More > includes loneliness on a subway ride, posessions melted in a fire, life long love turning a slow corner. Keeping an unusual pet solely for company. There is comic relief, and some pleasant experiences, capturing the small things that make us human and able to cope and even look forward. You will meet faces. Maybe your own, disguising motives. Maybe another, full of undiguised rage in a public place. Poetry is about experience. Not all of these will be gentle, but you will share what Bennett has captured for you. It's all just words until you read them.< Less
Seven By Jim Bennett
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Life is hard. Then you die. This book is about hardship, choices, difficulties, and overcoming them. You will be in tough situations sometimes. There is humour and hope as well. Poetry is about... More > experience. It is just words, until you read them.You will see yourself and others in this book.< Less
Fortress: Poems 6 By Jim Bennett
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This book is about challenges. How do we handle loneliness, lust, desire, failure, and despair? How do we handle a lifelong sense of worthlessness? How do we handle admitting we needed to be rescued?... More > Who am I? Am I in this book? You will recognize yourself, and learn about others' challenges, mixed in with fun reads, wordplay, and other comic relief. This book is not pornographic, but it is not for young children.< Less
Fortress: Poems 6 By Jim Bennett
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Words. Some thinking is visual, as in spatial ability. We buy travel postcards and take photos. Communication can be done by gestures. But most of our lives are about relationships, where the visual... More > and the gesture are enriched by language. We talk to each other, about each other, and think about our personal experiences - and sensations - in words. These poems capture experience, much of it in relationships. Loneliness. Despair. Arguments. Affairs or almost-affairs, turn-ons and turn-offs, regret and joy. And sometimes, the need for denial. Fortress is about all of this. How we manage in a world of trouble, and how we can sometimes focus on the best parts, and sometimes, find a way to step out of the march of truth for a moment of peace. This book contains a few mildly adult situations. It is not for children. For the impatient, there are cinquains: each a short read with a point or a laugh. For the patient, there are longer poems, including an improper rondeau, free verse, a mirror, and stanza rhymes.< Less
Cold Comes Through By Jim Bennett
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Life is about loss. In the end, we all die. Yet we may face illness and reduced capacity, expected and unexpected, with fear or courage, faith or despair. These fifty poems are about that experience.... More > They include love and hope woven by human beings, against the darker background of inevitability. There is some escapism in these pages also, and a couple of funny bits as well.< Less
Retirement Clock: Poems 5 By Jim Bennett
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Other times: the cold war, bomb shelters and nuclear submarines, Formula One races at Watkins Glen. Sad and scary events in the United States, and Canadian tragedies too. Poetry is about experience.... More > It has the power to deliver experience to you: retirement, the past, and regret for the passing of time. If you have a friend or relative in that situation, it will help you gather a clearer idea of what they are going through. Some poems are clearly historic: in one piece, what it was like to camp ‘wild’ before development took over is captured. Others were written purely for fun, and there is at least one enigmatic poem in Moon Dreamer. Retirement Clock includes 54 somewhat longer poems, including free verse, cinquains, multiple cinquains, rondeaux, rhymed verse, one lyric, one mirror, and a compound poem. Ambiguity may be present. You’re encouraged to explore the multiple meanings.< Less
Retirement Clock: Poems 5 By Jim Bennett
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What would happen if the clock ran backward? This is a volume of other times, of the cold war, of bomb shelters and nuclear submarines, of Formula One races at Watkins Glen. Sad and scary events in... More > the United States, and a couple of Canadian tragedies too. Poetry is about experience. It has the power to deliver experience to you. Retirement Clock explores retirement, the past, and regret for the passing of time. If you are approaching or of retirement age, these poems will speak directly to you. If you have a friend or relative in that situation, it will help you gather a clearer idea of what they are going through. Retirement Clock includes 54 somewhat longer poems, including free verse, cinquains, multiple cinquains, rondeaux, rhymed verse, one lyric, one mirror, and a compound poem—chosen around a theme. As always, ambiguity may be present. You’re encouraged to explore the multiple meanings. You’ll figure this out, as these poems were written for you.< Less
The Scroll of the Violin: Poems 4 By Jim Bennett
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Poetry is about experience. What it means to be alive and mortal is explored here. A range of philosophy, religion, belief and unbelief; religious poems, atheist poems, questioning poems, and... More > answering ones; trial, failure, success, relationships, and joy. There are mirrors, sonnets, rondeaux, rhymed irregular, haiku, and blank verse. The title poem was a satisfying one to write; I had tried this concept in other ways before pulling this version together. As for religion, I am convinced that there is deep value in all beliefs. Perhaps in some sense every religion is true. Or, to slightly misquote Richard Dawkins, if there is a God out there, it could be a lot bigger and more complicated than what's in an easily stated religious description. As always, ambiguity may be present and it is deliberate. Some poems will benefit from second and third readings. You'll figure this out, as these poems were written for us, and that includes you.< Less
Hard Landing: Poems 3 By Jim Bennett
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Poetry is about experience, and has the power to transmit that experience to readers. Here I give you fify-seven unique, sometimes scary, experiences. This selection of poems is not for children, nor... More > is it for squeamish adults. This collection probes unique personal problems of different lives in difficult situations. You may recognize yourself, or a friend, or an enemy in these pieces. You may come to a different view of what it means to be in one of these unfortunate realities. There are also some normal relationship pieces, and some pieces written just for fun. Ten salacious limericks are also included. You will find rhymed irregular, rhymed regular, blank verse, a villanelle, a mirror, distorted mirrors, cinquains, limkericks, one prose poem, one sonnet, and one rondeau. As always, ambiguity may be present and is deliberate. Some poems will benefit from second and third readings. You'll figure this out, as these poems were written for us, and that includes you.< Less
Behind the Lime Kilns: Poems 2 By Jim Bennett
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This collection is about relationships. Some are underway, some are non-starters, some are going bad, and some are going well. Some are trying to get started, and some are being sorted out. Most... More > relationships are in better shape than the one captured in the title piece. As always, ambiguity may be present and it is deliberate. Some poems may benefit from extra readings. These poems were written for human beings living in today's world, that is, for us, and thus for you.< Less