Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring An Odyssey of Love, Nature & Life: Poems by Vic Tomlinson. It’s my pleasure to review Vic’s book after he’s shared so many of his poems here on Monday’s Poetry Corner.
About the Book: This book of 40 poems covers the topics of love, nature and life. The names of these poems include Oneness, Being in Love, The Mountains, The Ocean, Music, Dancing, One Snowy Evening, The Coming of Spring, Divorce, Sitting by Yourself, People Watching, Restless Soul, and The Homeless Man. Please have a look and see what you think.
My Review: I’m a huge fan of reading poetry, so this is something right up my alley.
Personally, I love how this can be read in a single sitting while also drawing you into each poem. I read several multiple times, and I have to say my favorites involve nature and the simplicity of life portrayed early on in the book. They had a nostalgic feel I think helps to ground us with mutually pleasant memories.
About a third to halfway through, the tone slightly changes to more thought provocative prose, which, while it leaves the good feels behind, give us a reason to think while indulging. The best part for me was that they weren’t heavy handed and didn’t lack depth or power while still being smooth enough to read without hesitating.
The collection closes with some more nostalgic, feel good poems. While it didn’t fully capture the feeling of the opening, mainly due to the though provoking material sandwiched between, I felt this was an excellent way to end the book. It helped to bring the collection together much like your typical novel.
I’m looking forward to reading more of this author’s poetry collections.