13 Poets from lengthy isle modified by Evelyn Kandel

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13 Poets from lengthy Island

Edited by Evelyn Kandel

Genre Poetry

ISBN: 9798988919322

Print Length:

156 pages

Reviewed by Nick Gardner

An eclectic collection filled with good humor and the fears of this moment

13 Poets from Long Island

is the fourth poetry anthology comprised of the works of the students of former Nassau County Poet Laureate Evelyn Kandel’s Writing Poetry class. Rather than many anthologies composed around a theme or unified style, Kandel’s cluster of poets write on a wide array of topics, from frustrated ballads on corrupt governments to singsong rhymes eliciting enjoyment that is sheer. Thirteen poets with few writing loans with their labels complete all pages and posts for this guide with individual items cobbled along off their experience that is long on earth to contemplate the pandemic, politics, poverty, and wealth among other things. These poems that are mostly humble understanding of many different planets.The guide starts with an email from Evelyn Kandel, exposing a number of the poets which will complete the pages that are following. She mentions Victoria Bjorkland, a lawyer, and her husband Hank, also a lawyer and a pro that is former player for your ny Jets. The article authors unveil on their own through bios such as for example John Lange, a self-proclaimed philosopher that is“professional who “debated whether to become an Assyrologist.” And then proceed to introduce their deeper thoughts and philosophies of the world through their poetry, such as Lange’s “Litany in Praise of Ideology” in which he addresses ideology itself through a wide array of metaphors such as: “

You are a sugar coated tablet of social cyanide” or …a perfume masking the scent of greed.” Both eloquent and adept at metaphors, Lange’s focus is on philosophy while Hank Bjorkland pens fear that is“Dear” a break-up page with anxiety it self, along with his psychological appreciation page because of the organization, “Ode to organization.” Appropriate these poets that are living an addendum at the back of the book prints poems from two class members who have passed away. Jack B. Weinstein challenges the violence of bombs and war in “Do We Need to Kill?” and Aaron Reisfeld relives his trauma” that are“lifelong “Peregrinations.”Even though this anthology consists of a number of poets with some other experiences, professions, and sounds, some motifs shine. Meditations on conflict echo throughout a number of the poems from John A. Valenti the 3rd’s, “Get the visualize,” a expression on warplanes and the conditioning one to his childhood obsession experiences throughout life that leads them to think it would be alright to kill; to Gladys Thompson Roth’s “Lest We Forget” in which the speaker considers her dead husband’s uniform and misses him.

The pandemic also rises to the surface for many of these poets. George Pafitis addresses the massive shift that is social, talking about the sounds of the respirator as “COVID anxiety,” and Victoria Bjorklund’s “Zoom Attacks” peruses the work-from-home community that is thus common while in the pandemic decades. Amazingly sufficient, penguins create an looks in at the very least three various poems, one of the many amusing associations between these minds that are disparate.

As a collection without a theme that is unifying characteristics the sounds of primarily resigned very long Islanders,

13 Poets from longer Island works as a natural bodily item that both honors Evelyn Kandel’s guidelines as being an trainer and every poet’s individuality. This anthology offers variety, playfulness, deep thoughts, and no small amount of joy from sing-songy end-stop rhymes to freeform ruminations and even “An Old-Timer’s Rap” from Hattie Abbey. Thank you for reading Nick Rees Gardner’s book review.

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