Hello and welcome to my small book/lifestyle blog. I hope you are enjoying your spring season and with it being April, it is National Poetry Month. A colleague of mine, Keith Williams, published his first poetry book in February and when I finally got around to reading it, I fell in love with it. About every Wednesday, I do book reviews and discussions. Feel free to follow me here for more content!
Keith and I met a few times during my earlier days in college. I was in the band fraternity, and he was in the band sorority. He went to my rival school (that was also in my hometown). I found out he had created a poetry page via Facebook about a year or two ago, after I had stopped going to college. Keith still resides in Texas, but the words he wrote speaks to me, here in Oklahoma.
When the rain falls you just let it fall
And you grin like a madman
And you dance with it
because if you can make yourself happy in the rain,
Then you’re doing pretty alright in life.
The odd thing is- I’m not a fan of poetry. You know when you’ve read good poetry, and you know when you just don’t like poetry. I enjoy poetry slams and loud readings. My personal dilemma with poetry, is reading it in its form and stanza, and the way it just sounds.
I may be the only one who reacts this way towards poetry. This year though, I have slowly but surely started to enjoy poetry more (in small doses). Keith’s book does just that for me- poetry in small doses.
The book is only one hundred and fifty pages, with an average of a poem on each page. On some pages, the poems are written over black and white photography. Some pictures of the south Texas area the photos were taken in, some of Keith himself.
Favorite Poems & Favorite Lines
My lungs have been crushed from the ink
There’s not enough air to bring them
A sharp needle struck my heart.
Music is therapy for me,
because I can’t afford a real one,
and no one like me to heart me complain
Please support my friend, with his new book Poetry for a Wandering Soul. The book is a nicely priced, and worth reading. This book falls into the category of self-love, emotions, and humanity. Keith also has a Facebook page, as well as a blog page.
Do you have any favorite poetry books, written by friends or new authors? Let me know in the comments, and I hope you have a great week this week!