In the Books featuring An Odyssey of Love, Nature & Life: Poems by Vic Tomlinson

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.


About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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